Intelligence in WWIII 1946
Intelligence Summary by Ranger Elite
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence
Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoeter's Office
Temporary CIA Headquarters
With the two new shiny stars resting upon his newly braided epaulettes, Rear Admiral Hillenkoeter reviewed all the reports, making the decisions as to what gets forwarded to General Donovan, and what he handles himself. So many operations to review, and yet he has the dreadful feeling that it is not enough, and that it will never be enough , especially against the superbly trained and extremely professional intelligence apparatus of the Soviet Union. But it was his job to find a weakness in their spy game, and to brutally and fatally exploit it.
And as such, he believes that he has finally found it: there are half a dozen lower-level aides working Truman's White House, that were hold-overs from the Roosevelt Administration, that were identified as being present while sensitive information was being exchanged or presented, or otherwise transferred. Instead of arresting these suspected spies right away, they were given false information to relay, then they observed Soviet actions to see if this information had been capitalized upon. Once it was, and all the spies had been confirmed, the weakest ones were quietly brought in for questioning and “turned”, made double-agents working on behalf of the CIA, while the rest were allowed to continue their activities, albeit under strict covert surveillance. He's been working on false information to feed these White House aides to pass on to the Soviets to conceal the real operations that they are working on. As for rooting out the communists among their own ranks, work has been slow and steady, and a new National Clandestine Service, meant to replace the Jedburgh teams, was almost in place.
As far as the other operations are concerned, there has been no word from Clark and Chavez about Otto Skorzeny's irregulars (the pretense of calling them regular military forces has been dispensed with, as there is no longer a German Army to represent, and the fact that the Geneva Convention is being roundly ignored by all sides). All the training that they received at the “black” military camp outside of Reykjavik, Iceland, and nothing to show for it, thus far. It was all that Hillenkoeter could do to keep himself from ordering an assassination on Otto Skorzeny, and his lieutenants, but Skorzeny knew anyway, that while he was in the employment of the CIA, the Malmédy incident during the Battle of the Bulge was not forgiven, and he would answer for that. Skorzeny truly had nothing to lose. As for the China-Southeast Asia operations, he had a vague knowledge of the goings-on, but nothing specific, and all of those communications were handled through General Donovan's radio operator, for General Donovan's ears only. Apparently, Wild Bill wants Colonel Archimedes Patti promoted to General-rank, to be his personal envoy to the new Chinese President, Sun Li-jen, and the transitional Chinese government.
Apparently, Sun and his new government have progressed in their house-cleaning far faster than his own sources had initially estimated, and had pushed their cordon against the communists further north than it had been as the result of an on-going campaign. It is rumored that Sun has even fractured the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, by appealing to certain leaders' better natures and sense of patriotism. Hillenkoeter couldn't help but be impressed by this man's political acumen and sense of patriotism. Perhaps
it is a result of his American higher education, and he smiled at that thought.
He knew that even though Sun Li-jen was American-educated, the man was thoroughly Chinese, and his government would have to be completely respected. The prejudices of the past could no longer be tolerated. He would advise this to all who would listen.
In the Asian-Pacific Theater, events in Indochina appear to be moving at an accelerated pace, as Trinh Minh Thé's Vietnamese National Army is growing exponentially, and posing a great military and political threat to Ho Chi Minh and his Viet Minh fighters in the North. Trinh Minh Thé's aggressive campaign against them is making headway, especially in the area around Hue, the ancestral imperial capital of Viet Nam. Similarly, Prince Sihanouk's forces in Cambodia are making similar progress against a faction of the Viet Minh called the “Red Khmer Front”.
On the subject of the Philippines Islands, the handover to home rule and the independence of the Republic of the Philippines Islands became official on 4 July 1946, as previously scheduled, with Manuel Roxas being inaugurated as
the Republic's first president. Initially, the handover of power was to include a complete withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from the Republic, but in light of the new war, Roxas sought assurances that his country, being a strategic gateway to the rich resources of the East Indies, would not be invaded again. Roxas wanted his brave, but under-equipped and poorly-led, army to be trained to the same high standards of the American Army that liberated his nation just last year. So, to this end, Roxas asked the Filipino Senate to amend the terms of the status of forces treaty that they had ratified before the handover to include bases for U.S. ground forces and a training mission to be accepted to train the Filipino Army to be a world-class military. As if to punctuate the need for continued U.S. involvement in the Philippines, four large bombs went off the night of the inauguration, two in Manila, two in Quezon City, all planted and exploded by the indigenous communist group, the Hukbalahaps (“Huks” for short). Combined Filipino-U.S. Operations continue to hunt them down and kill or capture their fighters. Hillenkoeter raised his brow at this.
The next items he perused concerned Japan and Korea. SCAP (Supreme Commander, Allied Powers), General of the Army, Walter Krueger, reports that Operation Musashi was proceeding apace, with four new Japanese self-defense battalions being declared fully-trained every three months, with twelve fully-trained, fully equipped battalions spread out among the main islands, especially in target areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya and Sapporo. There are some U.S. battalions detached to act as HQ battalions, but the majority are the newly trained and armed Koreans, and there has been some friction between the Koreans and the Japanese, due to their recent history. He hopes that these animosities subside over time. In the meanwhile, Krueger will have a talk with the Korean commander in Japan about curbing his troops' 'enthusiasm'. Training and rotation of Korean ground, air and sea forces is actually proceeding ahead of schedule, with Korean troops taking the lead in their own defense, south of the demarcation
line at 38° North Latitude, with minimal U.S. supervision.
Turning his attention to Southern Europe, he already knew how treacherous the situation was along the Pyrenees Line, where there were no less than seven Soviet breakthroughs, all beaten back by unified NATO forces, only at great cost. The controversial decision of the NATO commander in Spain to use escaped German Nazi-SS partisan hunters to pacify the resurgent Spanish communist republicans perplexed him, somewhat, but he probably would have made the same call, had he been in that very same position, given Eisenhower's tacit approval of the tactic. Perhaps, this was Eisenhower's way of ridding himself of these troublesome hardcore Nazis by throwing them into the breach against the hardcore communist Spaniards to free up troops for the frontlines. Increasingly, those frontline positions are being filled British and Continental troops, mostly the raw Spanish troops, with a sprinkling of seasoned veterans of the civil war and Blue Division volunteers. However, with more time on the line, you notice the quality of the military training steadily increasing, the troops becoming more proficient in repelling attacks by the judicious use of artillery and sniping their officers and NCO's, effectively killing their leadership and breaking up assaults. Things still look dire there, but are starting to look up as the situation stabilizes.
As for the rest of southern Europe, the greatest boost to Allied morale was docking in Barcelona of an entire Italian fleet battlegroup, with the Italian Royal Family aboard, minus the King, Vittorio Emanuele III, who was already in poor health, and died of natural causes, while in transit. His son, Crown Prince Umberto, was hastily crowned King Umberto II aboard the flagship of the rebel battlegroup, the battleship Giulio Cesare. They have already established, with the blessing of Dictator Franco, a government in exile, in Barcelona, and have already begun combat operations against the meager Soviet naval forces that were able to transit the Straits of Bosporus into the Mediterranean Sea, before Turkey closed the Straits to all Soviet shipping.
The new Italian monarch is taking to the radio waves to exhort his countrymen to resist the communists in their country, as they resisted the fascisti that led their kingdom down ruination's path. He plead for the armed forces to follow the shining example of Fleet Captain Giambruglia, who brought most his family safely to Spain. That situation remains fluid and he will be keeping tabs on it, and the new Social Republic of Italy's relations with the Vatican, as they have demanded that the Vatican surrender it's territory to Italian forces and renunciation of their claims to Papal independence from the Italian Republic.
The situation in Greece is very precarious, thought Hillenkoeter. He deduced from the intelligence coming out of Athens and Piræus, that the Greek communist guerrillas were getting stronger and were beginning to openly engage Royal Greek army units. They were highly successful at it, so much so that soldiers were defecting en masse to the communist fighters, lured by the blanket amnesty offered by the Hellenic Communist Party to military members as “protectors of the people”. Hillenkoeter thought it was all just so much bullshit. In his opinion, most communist party organizations, from his studies, were comprised of mostly malcontents, people who agitated others for their own amusement and profit, and naked power-seekers who hide behind the “dialectic of the proletariat”.
Archbishop Damaskinos, who has been the regent in Greece since 1944, has finally returned power to King George II, and the people have failed to rally around him, possibly due to communist agitators infiltrating from Bulgaria and Yugoslavia, though there is no proof of that as of yet. The king's new Prime Minister, Panigiotis Poulitsas, has been trying to find an accommodation with the communists, but they refuse to negotiate, stating that they will only be satisfied when the king abdicates the Greek throne and a “people's republic” is established.
The situation is similar in Romania, where the communists hold the real power, and King Michael remains on his throne, but only as a figurehead monarch, and only for as long as they allow him to remain. Contingencies are being drawn up to save these monarchs, to form governments-in-exile, in much the same way that the Italian Monarchy has done. Hillenkoeter was no real fan of the monarchical system of governance, but these would have to do, if they were truly committed to having free and democratic governments in their kingdoms. Having concluded a secret treaty with Turkey, Hillenkoeter thought it was important the treaty remain so. He thought it was a good idea to maintain good relations with the Greeks, but the Turks are increasingly insisting that the treaty be made public, and ratification of Turkey's membership into NATO be fast-tracked immediately. He feared that powers-that-be would buckle under to Turkish demands, in a quest to garner more and stronger allies for this war.
Now, as for the final stack of papers on his desk... This new phenomenon of what was being called “the Air Force of the Free Republic of Russia” of just simply, the Free Russian Air Force, being mostly Russian in name only, looking a lot like the French Foreign Legion, but very competent in what they do. They've just been attached to the USAAF's 5th Air Force, and every man in that Air Force has developed a very high professional opinion of the Free Russian Air Force and its commander, “General” Yevgeny Sergeyevich Rushenko, whom the Soviets have labeled as a “traitor” and “fascist warmonger criminal” and other indecipherable epithets that Hillenkoeter smiled at. Damned if he didn't already like this man. Anyone who could get the Soviets apoplectic like this could be very useful ally, and allies need to be helped, as best as they can be. To that end, he was attempting to work a deal out with the Army Air Forces for the transfer of 100 P-38J Lightning and 100 P-51D Mustang fighter aircraft, along with 20 P-61G Black Widow and 20 of the new P-82 Twin Mustang night-fighter aircraft, along with trainers and advisors, but he is being told at every turn that it would not be possible right away, soonest possible time being in late summer of 1947. Hillenkoeter thought it was such a shame that the Army Air Forces would not have the resources to spare, until war production was brought back up. It would have been the perfect stop-gap measure to allow President Sun Li-jen to properly rebuild the Chinese Air Force, from scratch.
In another report, intelligence shared by British MI-6 indicates that the situation is becoming untenable for the British in India. More strikes are being held every day and leadership of India's leading pro-independence movement, The Indian Congress Party, who previously absorbed the Awami League under their coalition, has been handed to a man named Mohandas K. Gandhi, who advocates non-violent civil disobedience as a tool for reform. His followers call him “Mahatma”, roughly translated as “holy one” and Mr. Gandhi has already publicly stated that an independent India would not join this war unless attacked by one side, or the other. It appears that Gouvernor-General and Viceroy of the British Indian Empire, Viscount Wavell, has effectively lost control of the colony and is petitioning Prime Minister Attlee for a complete withdrawal of all British forces from the Indian subcontinent and Ceylon, and a plebiscite on Independence, in both territories. Hillenkoeter thought this was a very good idea. He knew that the sun was setting on the British Empire, and it would either have to let go, or collapse underneath its own weight. He knew that it would be better this way, to cut them loose peacefully and maintain amicable relations, perhaps even good military relations, because the alternative was absolutely not a pleasant prospect to ponder.
In the last of the reports, were communiqués from Iran, where the Shah, Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, has sent in troops to re-occupy Azeri and Kurdish territories that have been screaming again for their independence, largely agitated by the Soviet surrogates of the Tudeh, the Iranian Communist Party. The Shah plans on crushing this revolt by force, not a very effective way of doing things. From Iraq, King Faisal II is taking aid from the United States, but is, in some cases, doubling, even tripling, the price of the crude oil they were selling, advising the Saudi king to do the same.
But the most troubling news was coming out of the British mandate territory of Palestine, where Arabs, exhorted by the deposed and exiled Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Muhammed al-Amin al-Husseini, from Cairo, are wantonly and willfully killing Jewish residents and immigrant settlers, so much so, that the Jews were not waiting for the British forces to act on their behalf, instead forming their own militias to defend themselves and importing arms from everyone who will sell to them. Additionally, the Jewish Agency in Geneva, and other Jewish refugee organizations are hastening “Aaliyah” fleets of tramp freighters and passenger ships (if they can charitably be called that) departing for Palestine (Israel, to these displaced people or refugees), and local Jewish owned and run machine shops and blacksmithies in Palestine are turning out surprisingly good copies of the Sten gun to arm their militias with. Hillenkoeter was surprised that the Soviets were allowing this mass migration to happen without action. His first thought would have been to look for NKVD action against this, but there was none reported.
Finally, the last reports are of the North African territories, who are solidly behind NATO, in fighting against the Communists, as they are diametrically opposed to their atheism. No further details were available, until he could get eyes and ears on the ground there.
Hillenkoeter rubbed his eyes, then proceeded to look at the clock, which read quarter past one, in the afternoon. Where did the time go? He gathered all his notes for his secretary to type up and submit his report to the Director of Central Intelligence, Hoping that he takes his recommendations...