Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Harbour exercise ....

down at a naval base near Freazingham-on-Sea....

General Odd is in discussion with a chap from intelligence about general security issues; they are waiting for an exercise to start...
a launch departs the dock carrying the frogman ....
the exercise will consist of the frogman swimming around various parts of the harbour area making himself visible on occasion - to see if the harbour patrol can spot his activities .....

[new item : standing frogman figure, a micro solider toy picked up in a back at charity shop - just about right for second world war - a couple more would be nice but can't find out the manufacturer]

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Mr Robinson does some deliveries ....

    Smith and Robinson had been trying to find out more about the airfields near Salisbury and were building up a reasonable amount of information. Somehow they needed to get onto the bases themselves and see how things looked.
    Robinson had managed to get a job with a delivery firm supplying some of the local bases, helping unload the van; at the bigger aerodromes of Boscombe Down and Middle Wallop there was quite tight security and the supplies were usually unloaded at the gate. At least he could be close to the airfields and was able to confirm the presence of fighters and bombers at Boscombe Down; with fighters at Middle Wallop.
    At Old Sarum supplies were unloaded near the gate but he was able to get a closer look at the facilities - he was able to confirm the present of Lysanders and possibly some fighters
Robinson has a look round, while the supply store is opened up ...


Thursday, 28 September 2017

in the market square ....

Mr & Mrs Robinson are in Salisbury on market day,  they are passing through some stalls on their way to meet Mr Smith at the red lion pub ...

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Information gathering .....

Smith, Robinson & his wife had left the coastal area and headed inland to Salisbury. They had been given a number of places to obtain information on in the area.

After settling in and getting their covers established, they had started their information gathering. First on the list was out to the north of Salisbury near a place called Porton. Smith and Robinson used their van and parked in an out of the way area and tried to get closer. They reached a small copse
 beyond was perimeter fence, and a couple of small huts in woodland..
they couldn't see much. This was going to be a difficult one for them - all they could think initially it was a special storage or research facility.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Inspecting the beach defences ...

General Robert Odd, commander of Southern Army Group, inspects the beach defences north of Freazingham by the Sea. He is being shown around by the officer in charge of this section of the coast ....

the main defensive trench ...
 and the gun emplacement ....
General Odd, after leaving had much on his mind - there was still a lot of work required on the beach defences - barbed wire, tank traps, mines etc - he got out his notebook and made some notes as his staff car bumped along the coast road.

Monday, 6 March 2017

getting ready ...

at an airfield near Salisbury ground crew are busy...
Pilot Archie Fellowes chats with his commanding officer as his spitfire is made ready for his next photo reconaissance mission ...

Friday, 17 February 2017

Hello Mrs Robinson

A Quiet evening on the South Coast. All eyes are seaward, waiting for the invader, but life goes on pretty much as normal.
The black marketeers still meet behind the back of the local constabulary, but tonights business is something different.
Messrs Smith and Robinson have arranged a meeting to gain assistance in rescuing Mrs Robinson.
They have little success, the already heightened security is making life difficult for them and it takes some persuasive talking and a large bundle of crisp fivers to get any co-operation, and that is limited to causing a diversion.
They take up position to the rear of the village hall where the prisoner is being kept, only a single Home Guard Sentry is visible and Smith draws his revolver.
Robinson checks the window, it is barred but the only occupant is Mrs Robinson, Miming to her to keep quiet but be ready he joins Smith in waiting for the diversion to begin.
It doesn't take minutes before wardens whistles blow and angry shouts of :Turn that light out"echo down the High Street.
Robinson  hopes that this will cover any noise he makes breaking the window catch, The catch breaks easily but the bars behind are a different matter, it takes the two of them several minutes to remove them. The sentry comes to investigate,as Mrs R clambers through the window.

A single shot rings out and he drops wounded, but the damage has been done and the rest of the Home Guard pour from the main body of the Hall.
 The German spies make a hasty getaway towards the Church where they have a vehicle ready.
There is no sign of them, and one of the Home Guard asks the Scouts who have just emerged from the Scout hut if they have seen anything.
One of the scouts says that three people went up the line of the wall towards the church.He mentions that the lady called him Benjamin and said that he looked good in his uniform.

As they pursue their foe, the Home Guard, sees the verger arguing with 
shadowy figures in the churchyard and they hurry forward. In the distance the German spies can be seen entering the outskirts of Twenty Acre Wood.
For now the enemy has escaped, but Captain Fitzhugh of the local Home Guard rushes back to HQ and the alarm is raised.

Road blocks will be set up on all roads in the area and all Defence units will be on full alert.

---oXo---

Their cover is blown and the trio must make their escape from the area, stopping briefly to collect Mrs Robinson suitcase from the woods where she hid it earlier, they hurry to the vehicle and move off.

In the cab of the van, the spies discuss their options, and decide to make their way to Salisbury and
set up a new base where they can watch for reinforcements moving South.

Opening her suitcase, and removing a Riding whip, Thigh length leather boots, various lacy items of underwear and a collection of woggles. Mrs R accesses the hidden radio and reports the situation to Abwehr headquarters, 
She explains that the items are designed to distract anybody from searching her luggage thoroughly.