Saturday, 29 October 2016

A brief meeting ...

Near HQ South, the commander of the Dorset coast area on his way back to his staff car meets with a man from intelligence ...
Commander: Any word on the german spies ?
The 'man': Not really, we believe they are operating out of the area around Freazingham. Thats all we can tell from picking up some of their radio signals - unable to get a firm triangulation.
Commander: Need me do do anything more ?
The 'man': Increase your patrols near installations; the police have been informed and are carrying out extra checks on people new to the area and are doing random checks of identity papers.
Commander:Thanks for the update, I'll see you the next time I'm up at HQ.....

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Down by the estuary ...

Smith and Robinson (the german spies) had not been idle; they had collected information on naval craft in the area by watching the movements in the estuary and out at sea. As a cover for their activities they had linked up with a couple of young ladies to take on picnics and indulge in other activities ...

The weather was nice and they had gone down to their favourite spot on the estuary, where it narrowed and there was a small headland ...

While Robinson and the ladies decided where to setup the picnic, Smith looked out over the water...

 a small steam ship, puffed by on its way out to sea....
 a few minutes later a submarine passed 'up stream' ...
 Smith made some quick notes and headed up to have a quick word with Robinson - they would have to try and get a closer look at the naval base further up the estuary ....


Friday, 8 April 2016

In Freazingham ...

Smith and Robinson are in Freazingham, they have walked down the busy high street and are on the way towards the sea front to evaluate the beach defenses, when they are stopped by a policeman ..

 Papers please gentlemen ...

They hand over their papers, the policeman checks them over;  thank you he says, then hands them back.  Smith and Robinson continue on their way ....

Friday, 11 March 2016

MTBs leave for patrol duty ....

At the entrance to an estuary from a large river, near to Freazingham-on-Sea, two MTBs slip out to start their daily patrol duty.....


---oXo---

The movement of the MTBs had not gone un-noticed, Smith and Robinson had been watching....
.. now they new where they came out - they needed to find the base and get close enough to get more information - critical as the MTBs would play havoc with any potential invasion landing

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Mr Robinson meets his contact ....

After a difficult flight, the pilot had landed in a field on the down land, Lt. Abel jumped out of the plane and headed to the nearby woods, no sooner than he was on his way the plane took off and headed back to France ...

Lt. Abel  (Mr Robinson) oriented himself and found a barn where he spent the night. In the morning he made his way to the main road walking along it to the nearest village and caught a bus to Freazingham. There he made his way down the high street where he asked a local Policeman for directions to the church. He wandered up towards the church,  there was someone waiting in the road - perhaps his contact ....
 Mr Smith (aka Schmidt): Good Morning
Mr Robinson (aka Abel): Yes it is a lovely day. I'm out for a for walk and wondered if you could tell me if there are there any dovecotes nearby ?
 Mr Smith (aka Schmidt): No sorry, but there is a pond with geese and ducks.
the correct code phrases had been exchanged ...
Mr Robinson (aka Abel): Nice to see you again Mr Smith, shall we move on ..
Mr Smith (aka Schmidt):Yes let's go into the town and I'll take you to some lodgings I've arranged for you and after that we can make some plans......

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Travels by night.

Herr Smith, Ever watchful, has found his access to the creeks on Southampton water to be coming more and more difficult as security is stepped up. But on one attempt he observes a small boat towing a canvas clad load upriver, It appears to be a very small U-boat about 15 foot long.
Knowing this to be of interest to his superiors, he includes all the details he has in his next report.
     This too is becoming more difficult as detector vans periodically appear in the area.

The Kreigsmarine decide to send a small raiding force under the command of Lt Schultz to investigate.
They are accompanied by a scientist Dr Albert von Bratwurst, to study the strange craft and then destroy it.

Approaching the mouth of the creek, commanded by a coastal battery, Lt Schultz decides to sail past on the other side of the river and approach downstream


Patrol activity on the jetty and its surrounds puts paid to this and they are forced to creep past the enemy defences.

 They make it safely and rendezvous with agent Schmidt at the old stone circle.He agrees to wait one hour for them to give him a copy of the report and photographs.That way there will be two ways of getting the information back.




The raiders cross the river, narrowly avoiding the river patrols, the moonless night favours them.

They land safely, but can now hear motor patrols in addition to the foot patrols they expected.

Taking advantage of every scrap of cover, they move down between the road and the river, alert for any sentries.

They reach a pillbox,manned only by one sleepy lookout, and after a short scuffle, silence him.
Not quietly enough, the sound reaches the ears of a dog patrol,  They turn to investigate, alert but not yet alarmed.
They creep closer.
and closer still.

      The sentry on the jetty has his back to them, so they rush him, at the first sound of a footstep on the wooden surface, he turns, bringing his rifle down.  but is struck before he can utter a word.
  Surprised he might be, but a veteran of the BEF he is no easy target, he sidesteps the first of the attackers, kicking him into the river, then engages the second.
The noise alerts the sentry with the dog and he calls out the guard.
The Raiders are now up against the clock, Whilst the struggle on the jetty continues the German flank guard, line the hedge and distracts  the garrison with a flurry of shots.
Corporal Mckenzie on the jetty slips and is hurled into the river, Entry to the X craft is now possible and the Lt and scientist board to examine the interior, Sgt Gruber .lays demolition charges whilst his men form a protective cordon.


 It will be needed, by road and river the defenders are rushing to the scene,
Herr Smith looks nervously at his watch, He cannot risk waiting much longer.
Having made a rapid inspection of the X craft and taken several reels of photographs, The Germans fall back along the bank to their dinghies, fighting all the way. Casualties are light on both sides, in the almost pitch dark it is difficult to see, let alone hit a target.

They succeed in reaching the dinghies and crossing the river, as they step ashore Lt Schultz looks at his watch.
Any moment now, he counts down the seconds  and then!





Absolutely nothing.

Either the charges were badly set in the rush or the british managed to find them.

He and his men trudge uphill to the rendezvous,handing over the film to Herr Smith, they proceed to a safehouse, intending to sneak away when the time is right.
The E boat pick up is scheduled for the following midnight. 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Out by sea .....

a couple of months late - but here is the next installment :)

---oXo---

continued from the previous post ....

The german shore party after getting safely to their inflatables with the airmen - set off down the river ....
After about 10minutes they heard a distant chugging sound, hurriedly they pull up on the river bank and lay low, just in time too avoid river patrol boat on its way upstream ....
After another 15minutes or so paddling downstream, keeping close to the banks, they rounded a bend in the river and rendez-vous'd with their ride home, an E-Boat (a captured british MTB) moored in slight inlet.
The men scrambled on board as fast as they could as the E-Boat engines revved up .....
With all on board and below decks the E-Boat headed out down the estuary and into the open sea. However a shore battery had spotted them and started firing ....
The E-Boat made full speed and zig-zagged,  a shot fell just short of them .....
They soon out-distanced the fire from the shore battery and made way to cross the channel ....