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Mission Briefing 6A: A breakthrough
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Top Secret: For your eyes onlyOur London Akela groups have been scouting for clues in areas with a large German population, using the cover of Good Turn Day to visit a number of houses and flats known to be occupied by foreign residents. In most cases there was nothing to report, which is not a real surprise as VK’s group had already vetted a lot of them and found nothing to report. The breakthrough came when one of the landladies mentioned that she was sad to see her previous resident leave so suddenly, but glad that they had been able to recommend such a nice replacement for the flat. I might have missed the importance of this, but we heard the same story at three different addresses in the East End of London, all with the same departure date, and that coincided with the original arrival of the spyclist touring group from Norfolk. One of the landladies had, somewhat fortuitously, kept a record of the comings and goings of her residents and was able to describe visitors to the departed tenant. There had been an increase in the number over the three weeks leading up to their departure, and that date coincided with the arrival of the spyclist touring group in the UK. I circulated descriptions of the departed tenants to our agents at the port authorities and they were able to confirm that a group matching the description had left the country the day after the spyclist group arrived at Kings Cross. Our agents and Akela groups in Essex and Kent were asked to report on the spyclist groups in their neighbourhoods, and both teams sent me a list of the touring parties. Reconciling them against the party of twenty that set off from Lincoln we have lost another five along the way. Luckily the Akela group in Essex had been watching for the departure from the East End and so we know that the full twenty set off along the Thames in two groups of ten, with eight arriving in Swale and seven at Canewdon. The Acrostic in the last telegram we intercepted spelled out the message AT TARGET RDF, and I ran that past my Air Ministry contacts who at last agreed to brief me on their concerns. RDF stands for Radio Direction and Finding. I questioned this thinking it was an error and that they meant Radio Direction Finding, the navigation system we use, but apparently this is something new from the boffins on the Tizard committee. They call it Chain Home, and it refers to a new aeroplane detection system that uses reflection of radio waves to range find as well as indicate bearing from air threats. They have been experimenting with this for a while and are now building out a series of masts to give frontline warning of air attacks. The first few stations are being built in Norfolk, Lincoln and Essex to provide a ring of defence around London, and it looks like our spyclist friends are hunting for information about this technology. It is not clear if they know what it is, but it is certain that we have to stop them finding out. I am also not sure what the missing party members are doing? It can’t be just more spying as their cover with the touring parties allowed them as much access as they were likely to get, so something else is up. I am hoping that the attached intercept will give us a clue. We analysed the encrypted telegram and found that it uses a classic ADFGVX cipher. It uses the same keyword for the transposition stage of the cipher as I have used for this Vigenere cipher and knowing that it should be reasonably straightforward to crack their message, but you will have to check the details for yourself as I have to go. Harry has asked me to travel to Caistor to setup a command post at the RDF tower in case we need to act quickly. If we can crack this one and work out what is going on then I hope we can mount a counter to the spyclist operation before it succeeds. Pearl.
Mission Intercept 6B: Pressure builds
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Top Secret: For your eyes onlyDear Uncle Wilhelm, The tower at Canewdon is as interesting as you had suggested it would be and I can see how it would lift the spirits of our English hosts, making them feel safe and secure in their fortress island STOP Nevertheless, nothing on the earth is forever and I think they may have a misplaced faith in this and the heavenly powers may not be strong enough to protect them from the oncoming storm STOP The local Ortsgruppe shared with me your latest gift, the beautiful clock device, and we have spent much time admiring it STOP Its simplicity is admirable and once we have learned to use it properly it will provide us all with a very high level of security STOP Safety must be our primary concern now as a lack of concentration at this point could bring disaster STOP Ralf has been given the accompanying key by the Ortsgruppe in Kent, and once we are reunited I will use this to secure our future communications STOP Establishing a safe plan for our journey home is essential in order to avoid unpleasant surprises STOP Quarrels with our host would be difficult to resolve and I would prefer it if we could slip away unremarked STOP Use of the local fishing boats might be possible, but if anything were to alarm the locals that might well prevent our departure and the clock could fall into the wrong hands STOP If you have a suggestion about how best to arrange our travel then please let us know and we will make the required arrangements STOP Ralf’s party will return to London this week and will then travel to meet with us for the final stage of our adventure, when we will all regroup before returning home STOP Even if you do not wish us to proceed with our original plan then we are able to return with a whole treasure of drawings, photographs and descriptions of these important landmarks for you and your friends to study STOP Details of your wishes should be sent in the usual way using your remarkable clock device STOP Karl
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