Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
August 2nd, 1946
Damn it Patterson why did I have to hear about this “conversation” through back channels! When Winston Churchill visits I want to know what he said before he leaves the room!
If I may Mr. President the idea was so preposterous that I didn’t think it warranted comment. I was trying to save Sir Winston from embarrassment. I mean the idea of us dumping an American weapon for a foreign designed one is …
Patterson listen and listen good. I will decide what is preposterous and what isn’t. Not you. Edgar fill Mr. Patterson in on the history of British American cooperation in the area of technology. I’ll give you a few hints Mr. Patterson. Every heard of the P51 Mustang?
Of course sir.
It was a bust until the Brits put a British Merlin engine in it. And it helped win the war.
How about the Liberty ship?
Ah yes sir.
Would you say it was important to winning the war?
Well of course Mr. President but they were all made here in America by American workers from top to bottom. The British had nothing to do with their production or …
It was a British design you idiot! One that we saw was better than anything we had so we built it to win the war.
Edgar name some more for the Secretary.
Oh course Mr. President. Let’s see we used the 6lbr quite extensively. It was renamed the 57mm M1. The gyro gun sight, short wave radar, proximity fuze, Bangalore torpedo and of course they jump started our jet engine and Abomb program. Then there’s plastic…
We get the idea Edgar. Here’s what were going to do. I want this war over with before winter of 1947. We need a tank now that can put down the Red jobs and be reliable. We have a lot of fast, mobile operations coming up and the M26 Pershing is not up to the job. There is no time to figure out a replacement. I don’t have time to fool with our boys lives. We are going to take up the Brits on their offer and we will shift production to the Centurion! I want it done now!
Sir the political fallout will be tremendous…
Bullshit! You didn’t even know about the Liberty ship being a Brit design and neither will the American public. Name the damn thing the … Patton. Make some minor cosmetic changes and get the right weapon in our fighting men’s hands for a change. I’m not suggesting … I’m ordering.
Yes sir Mr. President. Come to think of it I did hear that the current version with the 20mm was not working too well perhaps if we used a 50cal instead make a few cosmetic changes …
That’s the spirit Mr. Patterson. Remember the “Buck Stops Here” and I will not put our troops in needless danger. Am I understood Mr. Secretary?
Yes Mr. President.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We were definitely hampered by the lack of armor in our defence, but we had acquired from the Germans, and later from the Norwegians, a huge stock pile of the German Panzerschreks and the disposable Panzerfausts. While the effective range on these weapons were minimal, with the terrain we were working with, we were able to make close in attacks with minimal casualties.
Once a tank had been disabled, it was still no small matter to hit it with Molotov cocktails, but hitting the front and rear tanks in a column made our job much easier. This was especially the case while we were fighting through villages, we were able to turn every junction, every cross roads into a killing ground. Before long the Russians learned to plaster any area they thought we were with rockets and artillery, and before long, we naturally learned how to hide from these before popping back up and killing their tanks and soldiers again.
It was also around this time, the end of July and beginning of August, that the first Swedish troops started joining the defence. When they got here, they were greener than an April Birch, but they learned fast and were not short of courage. Very quickly, the Swedes begun to have a high turnover in officers, almost all of them with hand and minor face wounds.
I will cover the cause of this later in the book.
Extract from "The Fight That Lasted All Day - My life in the Summer Offensive" by General Yanni Grappaleinnen (Rtd)
Monday, September 20, 2010
Minutes from July 29th meeting Office of the Director of Central Intelligence.
General W. Donovan
General J. Magruder
Mr. A. Dulles
Mr. F. Wisner
Mrs. Mary Marie Barrett – notes.
GWD: Good morning gentleman. Before we get started, would anyone like coffee? Ok, let’s get down to it. As we all know the war isn’t going well. We’ve been back in business 9 days now, where are we at in our rebuilding?
AD: Well Sir, so far everything is going well. We are no were near the organization that the OSS was but we are making progress.
GJM: So far we have taken control of the old Research and Analysis from State. The War Department will turn over control of the old SI and X-2 next week. As to the other branches…well we are rebuilding those from scratch. Many of our former personnel have offered to return. The only major problem area so far is that Hoover will not even return our phone calls about our role in domestic counter-espionage.
FW: Sir, if I may, Hoovers going to be a problem. We’ve all seen how he works. Something needs to be done there.
GWD: Frank, I think we all understand Hoover. Sadly we have to work with him for now.
FW: Uh…Yes sir.
GWD: Allen, what is the status of our training areas?
AD: Sir, on that subject I have good news. We took possession of a 43,000 acre training area 2 days ago from the War Department. It was mothballed shortly after VE day but the buildings, ranges, and air strip are all in good shape. We have a team there now getting it ready for our equipment and the first refresher classes. Although it is farther away from Washington than our former areas it offers everything we could want in one centralized location.
GWD: What are we calling it?
GJM: Internally it will be called Area Z. To the public it will be referred to as the Camp Atterbury Military Reservation.
GWD: What of our weapons and equipment?
FW: I’m afraid that is a problem area. While the War department is willing to give us large amounts of equipment from their WW2 stockpiles, they can only find about a third of the specialized weapons we turned over to them last year. Sadly it’s the same with the other specialized equipment also. I have begun contracting the original suppliers to see how long it takes to put some of the items back into production.
GWD: Alright, that all for now. I have to meeting with the President at 1015. Gentlemen our goal stays the same, I want to go active as an agency the last week of August. And we need some big victories soon after that. Thank you for coming, we will meet again next Friday same time. Frank please remain behind I need to speak with you.
(General W. Donovan and Mr. F. Wisner remaining, 0930 to 0940)
GWD: What’s the status of the Germans? Were you able to find them?
FW: Yes, sir I found them. General Gehlen was very helpful in that area. The hardest to find was Skorzeny. As it turned out we found him in the Italian Alps. It seems he just walked out of his prison camp with 100 other SS officers sometime before the Army guards fled the Russians. In all we have a little over 200 Germans and Austrians coming. The first should be arriving in Mexico next week. After that they should begin arriving in the training around the end of August.
GWD: Good. Those animals are going to be important for us inserting teams behind the reds in Germany. No one cares if those people take heavy losses. On another subject , Frank, do you remember the Operation Underworld? Let’s dust off those contacts. We may need the skills they have to offer.
FW: Yes, sir.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
30th July 1946
I don't know how he did it or even if it's a curse, but lopatin has got me 2 more squadrons, even if they are lunatic Siberians. Their whole set up is here, ground crew, officers, commissars. They're also bringing a motley mix of aircraft with them as well. Some Yankee, some proper Russian types as well. I only hope they can deal with the constant daylight better than a lot of my guys are.