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Yesterday, 5:48pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Even at ten knots it's only a twenty-one day voyage from Amsterdam to Matadi; it could be a real possibility that a convoy of reinforcements could be right over the horizon. The Baron may have 'missed the 'bus"!

Thursday, September 23rd 2021, 12:33am

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian Naval Deployment, March 1950

Peruvian Naval Deployment, March 1950 Mando de Naval Central (Callao) Fuerza de Acción Naval Battlecruiser Almirante Villar Heavy cruisers Almirante Grau and Callao Light cruisers Cajamarca, Loreto, Ancash, and Amazonas Primera Escuadrilla de Destructores Destroyer Leaders Libertad, and Coralje Destroyers Montero, Mariategui, Quinones, and Villacencio Segunda Escuadrilla de Destructores Destroyers Cano, De los Heros, Larrea, Deganio, Bustamante, Ugarte, Valdes, and Ferre Segunda Escuadrilla de E...

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 6:15pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima), 19 March 1950 The destroyer tender Carrasco has completed its operational training and has been assigned to the nascent Chimbote naval base, where it will support the corvettes of the Primera Escuadrilla de Escoltas.

Tuesday, September 21st 2021, 5:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Kronen Zeitung, Tuesday, 7 March 1950 The infantry landing ships Medemsand and Harriersand were launched today at the Österreichische Schiffswerften AG. Elbinger Volksstimme, Wednesday, 8 March 1950 The assault landing ships Fasaneninsel and Fährinsel were launched today at the Schichau works here. Danziger Echo, Thursday, 9 March 1950 The minesweeper Aichwaldsee, lead ship of a new class of vessel for the German Navy, was launched today at the Schichau works at Elbing.

Monday, September 20th 2021, 9:16pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, 1950

Le Méridional (Marseille), Monday, 6 March 1950 The minesweepers minesweepers Paučko and Humci of the Royal Yugoslav Navy arrived at the port of Toulon yesterday. The occasion of their visit is to escort the Yugoslav submarine Hrabri on its homeward voyage. The two vessels also brought additional crew for the Hrabri, which was recently completed at the Le Seyne shipyards. Al-Alam (Damascus), Tuesday, 7 March 1950 The Yugoslav frigates Belava and Devica have called at the port of Latakia on a goo...

Monday, September 20th 2021, 12:27am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1950

Nielsen Field, Manila, Monday, 6 March, 1950 The Air Force evaluation team boarded the Philippine Air Lines flight for Singapore in a happy if still surprised mood. Ballecer had tapped four of the Air Force’s best pilots – Caravara from the 15th Bombardment, Robles from the 26th, and Garcia from the 27th, each with hundreds of hours on the Douglas A-26, and Silayan of the 12th Fighter, who before transitioning to the MiG-15 had flown A-26s with the 25th Bombardment. Santos, the civilian rounded ...

Sunday, September 19th 2021, 1:50pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Quoted from "Hood" Nice touch on the personality pictures! I thought they might be useful in helping frame the narrative. The Baron is a bit of a reach but I think that photo captures how you've portrayed him.

Sunday, September 19th 2021, 1:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

London, The German Embassy, Saturday, 4 March 1950 Walter Schellenburg quickly opened the gilt-edged envelope that bore the imprint of the British Air Ministry. Rarely such correspondence came to his desk, relations between Britain and Germany having grown so frosty. To his surprise it was an invitation to attend a demonstration of the RAF’s latest jet bomber, the BCAC Canberra, later in the month. Apparently the British were going to show off the Canberra for most of the foreign attaches in Bri...

Thursday, September 16th 2021, 11:20pm

Author: BruceDuncan

British Empire News 1950

The German Air Ministry expresses its condolences on the loss of Squadron Leader Stuart Muller-Rowland in pursuit of the frontiers of aviation.

Wednesday, September 15th 2021, 2:25pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Quoted from "Hood" Yeah me and Brock kinda dropped the ball on keeping the Brazilian reports going, we certainly had more river craft planned. It is somewhat difficult to generate stories and news for a country when all its neighbors are effectively NPC.

Tuesday, September 14th 2021, 7:52pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, 1950

Iquitos, Loreto, 10 March 1950 Consul Joaquim Nabuco returned to his office at the consulate from his morning rounds about the city. There was much to record in his day book – eventually some of his notes would make their way into his formal reports to the Ministry. The most prominent item was the debut of Iquitos’s own daily newspaper, El Diario Correo, which had premiered that morning. Nabuco had managed to secure a copy before the initial print run had sold out. It contained nothing earth-sha...

Tuesday, September 14th 2021, 2:26am

Author: BruceDuncan

A Spectre Resurgent

Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, 2 March 1950 Osman Ghaleb Bey deftly manipulated the beads of the abacus before him, calculating the profits that accrued to his efforts with the Egyptian Commercial and Trading Company. Blofeld Effendi’s predictions had proven correct – providing arms to Africa in troubled times meant profits galore. In Ethiopia the anti-Italian ‘patriot’ faction was a steady customer, in Ubangi the anti-Dutch rebels would take what might be offered them, not asking too many questions an...

Monday, September 13th 2021, 9:55pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, March 1950

Novosti News Service, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 The recently commissioned minesweepers Paučko and Humci departed today for Toulon, where they will rendezvous with the recently completed submarine Hrabri, which is undergoing her builders’ trials. The Hrabri will be escorted to her new home port of Durrës to begin her formal operational training.

Monday, September 13th 2021, 12:49am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, March 1950

The Malacañan Palace, Office of the Minister of Defense, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 Colonel Florentino Ballecer, though having served more than a year on the Air Staff, was not used to being called before the Minister of Defense, and was troubled as to what the summons might mean. Beside him was Kayvin Santos, one of the minister’s trusted assistance, but even he was unaware of the reason behind the minister’s call. They arrived at the door of De la Vegas’ office from opposite corridors and suffere...

Sunday, September 12th 2021, 8:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, March 1950

Kieler Nachrichten, Wednesday, 1 March 1950 Conversion work on the engineer landing ships Kachelotplate and Brauerplate was completed here today and the ships will be undergoing their post-conversion trials over the next few days, after which they will join the Lehrdivision for their operational training. Berliner Morgenpost, Thursday, 2 March 1950 A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed today that orders have been placed for an additional twenty examples of the French-built Breguet No...

Saturday, September 11th 2021, 1:03pm

Author: BruceDuncan

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1950

Indeed. Something that someone had overlooked in their coup planning. A very interesting development.

Tuesday, September 7th 2021, 9:18pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, March 1950

El Popular (Lima), 1 March 1950 Bowing to pressures from members of Congress to provide continuing work for the Mollendo-Matarani naval shipyards the Ministry of Defense has announced that it will raise contracts for one major warship and two tugs to be constructed in that yard in the next months. Exact details have not yet been released but the work should be sufficient to keep the yard open and its workforce profitably engaged. The Peruvian Times (Lima), 5 March 1950 Our European correspondent...

Tuesday, September 7th 2021, 12:01am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1950

Nachrichten für Außenhandel, Monday, 27 February 1950 The now-venerable Auto Union Type 60 – The Volkswagen – continues in production at the firms Wolfsburg factory. Popular across Europe the basic VW sedan has conquered markets in the Levant, North America, and with Argentine partners, much of South America. As seen here the production line churns our new vehicles daily, which are whisked by railway to the ports for shipment abroad. Sächsische Zeitung, Tuesday, 28 February 1950 The Junkers work...

Monday, September 6th 2021, 2:20am

Author: BruceDuncan

Junkers Ju322 Heavy Bomber Aircraft

Technical Data Engines: Six Junkers 012 turbojet engines each rated at 3,000 kg (29.4 kN) thrust Wingspan: 32.4 metres Length: 30.8 metres Height: 8.4 metres Wing area: 161 square metres Empty weight: 31,300 kg Maximum permissible load: 65,000 kg Maximum speed: 840 kph Cruising speed: 475 kph Rate of climb: 15.5 metres/second Service ceiling: 12,500 metres Range with maximum fuel load: 6,500 kilometres Range with maximum war load: 4,000 kilometres Defensive armament: two 20mm cannon in dorsal, ...

Monday, September 6th 2021, 1:13am

Author: BruceDuncan

Ikarus H-1 Light Observation Helicopter

Preliminary information pertaining to the latest project of the Ikarus Aircraft Factory. General characteristics Crew: 1 Capacity: 2 passengers Empty weight: 660 kg Max takeoff weight: 1,000 kg Powerplant: One Franklin-Racovica O-335 air-cooled six-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine, 180 hp Main rotor diameter: 10.00 m Main rotor area: 78.5 m2 Performance Maximum speed: 115 km/h (71 mph, 62 kn) Range: 300 km (190 mi, 160 nmi) with maximum fuel Service ceiling: 3,300 m (10,800 ft) Rate o...