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Yesterday, 10:18am

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1950

Nice touch on the personality pictures!

Friday, September 17th 2021, 12:29pm

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United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

6 February The pressure of the blast blew him off his feet, bundling him into the ditch as the heat of the flame crept up his neck. The sound and concussion deafened him, the world whirled by in slow motion, pieces of mud brick and timber flying through the air with him. The ground coming up to meet him. N'Dofa couldn't believe it had come to this. Memories of former Tweede-Luitenant Anton Flinders who served with 55 Afdeling, Ubangi Shari One of my senior pilots Meertens shouted out he had a ca...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:36am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Catching up with domestic news. 14 January The Noordstar-Boerhaave Prize has been awarded to Fleming Arthur Meulemans, composer of operas, symphonies, chamber music, piano works and songs. 22 January A new film production company, Perfini (Perusahaan Film Nasional Indonesia, Indonesia National Film Company) opened its studio in Batavia today. It has employed the director Usmar Ismail, who is directing its first film, Darah dan Doa (Blood and Prayer), for which financial backing is being sought. ...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:27am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

11 February The 1950 British Empire Games, the fourth such games, has been held in Auckland, New Zealand between 4 and 11 February. The main venue was Eden Park, although the closing ceremonies were held at Western Springs Stadium. Teams participated from all over the Empire, including; Australia, Burma, Canada, England, Jamaica, Malaya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland and Wales. Events included athletics, boxing, cycling, diving, fencing, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 10:20am

Author: Hood

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Yeah me and Brock kinda dropped the ball on keeping the Brazilian reports going, we certainly had more river craft planned.

Sunday, September 12th 2021, 5:24pm

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United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

3 February The rumble of heavy engines and the metallic clanking of tracks filled the air as the Lt-33 tanks passed through Alindao. Finally the town had been taken, at the end tanks and 105mm guns had to fire at almost point-blank range to blast the defenders out of their defensive positions. It had been a bloody fight and as the few prisoners began to dig a big mass grave for their former comrades the Dutch infantry and tankers headed south in hot pursuit of the rebels. was still under siege b...

Saturday, September 11th 2021, 12:31pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Matadi: The Dutch Enclave Baron Owija's seizure of power and declaration of independence from Dutch rule relied on the power of the largely local Kongolese Army and Air Force units, which although under nominal command from the Dutch General Staff, was still very much attached to its roots as locally-formed units. However, the Dutch had one force that could not be controlled, the Royal Netherlands Navy had its Kongo Station at Matadi, the major port in the Kongo. Consisting of two cruisers, seve...

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 6:25pm

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Belgian News 1950

28 February Belgium's armaments sector had two more headline announcements to make concerning new business. SABCA (Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques) announced today a deal with Peru to refurbish 40 ex-Aéronautique Militaire Caproni Ariete Serie III fighters. All the aircraft will be refurbished and supplied with spare parts and spare engines. Deliveries will begin in the middle of this year. This implies that the air force is imminently considering retiring at least two squa...

Friday, September 3rd 2021, 4:28pm

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1950

Hmmm, enter the Leopard I wonder?

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 3:56pm

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United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

1 February A black Minerva saloon had driven up the long driveway to the secluded country house. A man had been bundled round the back entrance with a raincoat over his head. Soon the interrogation would start in earnest. "Where am I? Why have you brought me here?" Boganda demanded. "You know why you are here, we want some information," the man in a dark suit sitting on the edge of the desk stubbed out his cigarette. "I won't tell you anything, God will preserve my faith and strength," Boganda d...

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 3:33pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

30 January Two new jet-powered aircraft have entered RAF service. The Canberra B.Mk.II tactical bomber has entered service with No. 107 Squadron based at RAF Marham, replacing that unit’s de Havilland Mosquitos). In Fighter Command, the first of 450 Gloster Meteor F.Mk.VIII fighters have entered service with No. 19 Squadron at RAF Tangmere, replacing that unit’s Hawker Tempest piston-engined fighters. Two other squadrons will also convert to the type this year. 2 February The second Tudor resear...

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 3:31pm

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Belgian News 1950

20 February Cockerill have announced two export orders for the private-venture Marine Tank. This tank has a large flotation hull allowing amphibious use, being propelled by its tracks in the water. Following extensive trials since 1948 a finalised design is ready for production. The two orders are for the Netherlands for 50 tanks and from Argentina for 36. Both nations will use the tanks with their Marines to provide organic fire support and anti-tank capability. 27 February The Anglo Belgian Co...

Thursday, September 2nd 2021, 3:29pm

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Noticias Argentina 1950

27 January The second AAM-6 ‘Platinum’ rocket made a successful launch and flight from the Maquichao rocket station launching pad. No problems were encountered and the rocket flew a distance of 55 miles. This marks yet another milestone in the Argentine-Atlantean rocket programme.

Wednesday, September 1st 2021, 6:46pm

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British Empire News 1950

The Air Ministry, London Two officers chatting in an office one wintry January day "You know we're laying on that public relations event in a couple of month at 107 Squadron at Marham?" "The new Canberra squadron? Yes, a delegation from the Philippine Air Force I believe." "Well someone on the Air Staff wants us to invite a few foreign attaché's give it a really big show, well its the first British jet-propelled bomber and all that. Walter Schellenburg is on the list." "He's a bit dodgy isn't he...

Wednesday, September 1st 2021, 6:37pm

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United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

29 January A special Normandie flight left Bangui, a dozen armed guards and one important prisoner. Barthélemy Boganda was on a long flight. Deemed too much of a security risk for interrogation in Bangui where rebel sympathisers might attempt a jailbreak operation, he was whisked back to the Netherlands secretly, to be interrogated by KIS. The situation in Bangassou was more or less under control, bands of rebels were fleeing south or east under pursuit. Alindao was still under siege by Dutch fo...

Monday, August 30th 2021, 3:35pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1950

Heavenly Pursuits Spotlight On: British Commercial Aviation - Part 1 British Overseas Airways Corporation (B.O.A.C.) Headquartered from its new London Airport (Heathrow) base, BOAC is still the number-one British flag carrier with an extensive network of routes across the Empire and into the Middle East and Africa. The current fleet is a mix of types but modernisation is proceeding rapidly and the fleet has reached its largest size as it flies 845 million passenger-kms per year. BCAC Type 167 BC...

Monday, August 30th 2021, 2:46pm

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RAF Specifications 1949

The winners of some of 1949's specifications can now be shared [OOC] now that the technical analysis has taken place. A.20/49 Issued for an Air Observation Post light aircraft for the Army Air Corps to replace the Auster GR.Mk.I. The contenders were: Auster Q Percival P.68 Gazelle The winner is the Auster Q which will become the Auster AOR.Mk.9. Work on prototypes is now underway. E.10/49 Issued for a supersonic variable wing sweep research aircraft capable of being produced as a fighter. The wi...

Monday, August 30th 2021, 10:23am

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Quoted from "Brockpaine" True; I guess I'm still stuck thinking on the scale of the French and Russians, where I have 15,000 or more men available on any given Tuesday... "To have such power at my disposal only once..." Yes, the rules of engagement are pretty tough but then its not quite the civil war it was last time so there seems little point killing innocent civilians if they don't have to.

Sunday, August 29th 2021, 12:22pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

28 January "They don't want us to damage the radio transmitter more than we have to, so keep any fire away from the main building and the generator building. These are brick-built so any stray rounds should be deflected ok. Of course, that means no dumb ideas like strafing the mast.?" The paratrooper Kapitein Hinds was making his briefing. Time had come to put 'The Priest', Barthélemy Boganda, off the airwaves permanently. That meant taking Bangassou radio station. "Now the scouting parties repo...

Thursday, August 26th 2021, 3:06pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

The airports in both nations are still open. KLM has ceased its route to the Kongo for safety, Koninklijke Kongo Luchtvaart Maatschappik (KKLM) in the Kongo is currently grounded and not flying at the moment but foreign airlines should be able to come and go safely. The main Ubangi capital airport has reinforced security (no cameras folks for your own safety as air force assets are based there).