Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Calling Home ...

Mr & Mrs Robinson have gone for a short drive in the country a few miles from Salisbury ....

Aftre passing through a small village of Durncombe, they turned off the road and went up a small farm track, till they reached a barn...

  They went into the barn and got a small suitcase from a hiding place in a large barrel, it was a radio - they set it up on an old table...
Having selected the correct frequency Mrs Robinson sent the message...
  • Signal: Walrus to Mother Goose, Walrus to Mother Goose
  • Return: Mother Goose here
  • Signal: Three pigeons to come home, advise on route
  • Return: Message received,  call back for booking details
  • Signal: OK, Walrus signing of


  • After sending the message they packed up the radio and took it with them and put it in the back of the van; time to move it to another hiding place ......


    ---oXo---

    Shortly after at an army camp on Salisbury plain, a unit receives a message from their HQ -  'radio traffic tri-angulated to Durncombe, search the village and adjoining area'
     An officer and a squad of men got into their lorries and drove off,  when they arrived at Durncombe they sealed off the village and starting searching ...

     After a while a car drew up at one end of the village and a man in a coat presented his credentials...
    Officer: Nothing found in the village sir, however it looks like someone has been in the old barn up this track.
    Man in Coat: Ok, get me details of who owns the barn and then get back to base.

    Thursday, 9 August 2018

    No papers today .....

    Mr Smith and the Robinsons had collated all the information they needed and were considering the best way to get themselves out of the country and back to the continent to deliver all the intelligence they had gathered.

    Their first idea was to get some papers made so they could get over to Ireland and then onwards. Smith and Robinson headed down the back streets of Salisbury to place where they had been told they could get some good 'false' papers. As they rounded the corner they stopped - a small police cordon was ahead - in front of the building to which they were heading.

     the police were keeping the public back as well as the press...
    They could just see that the police and plain clothes men were leading a man out to a van ...
    Smith and the Robinson turned about and headed away quickly ... no papers could be obtained from this source, the local authorities were obviously on the ball - they would have to consider other alternatives - perhaps a risky extraction by sea or air.....

    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.