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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Building #10 Training Area Z by Mad Missouri

Building #10
Area 12, Training Area Z
Camp Atterbury Military Reservation
Meeting Room #6
August 9th, 1946

JC: Okay Frank you’ve had the tour. The training ranges are ready. The barracks are ready. The air field is ready. What do you think?
FW: It looks good to me, John. How is the first class coming?
JC: It’s only the second week, but so far everything is going well. We recruited heavily from former military elites; Rangers, Marine Raiders, Airborne, Navy UDT, so the basic pool is fairly hardened already. Thankfully we don’t have to teach them the basics like land navigation, shooting or hand to hand. Hell one of the UDT guys turned out to be so good with a knife we have him teaching that period of instruction. The training is mainly focusing on foreign and special weapons right now. The second half is all about communications, language and special skills like demolitions and once the aircraft arrive parachuting.
FW: When will the first teams be ready to deploy?
JC: End of September, maybe first of October. It depends on how well the Germans, Poles, and work out.
FW: Well the bases in Italy will be ready about that time also. I brief the General that to plan on October for the first missions. So what problems do we have?
JC: Well main problem areas are equipment and weapons. John Kelly may have solved the pilot shortage problem last week.
FW: Really, how?
JC: Kelly had a friend who told him about a place in Maryland called the Columbia Air Center. He contracted the staff there that put him in touch with a large pool of unemployed pilots. So he was able to hire 20 trained pilots, and 4 flight surgeons through the Center. Most of them, it seems are former combat fighter pilots, with a few bomber pilots so they all have to be checked out on the cargo plane types we will be using. But thankfully for us it seems the War Department hasn’t been recruiting black pilots so far. They will make up about half our pilot assets for now.
FW: Blacks, huh? Well we’re not part of the military anymore so it should be alright. I’ll brief it at the next staff meeting and see. What we are doing on the weapons issue?
JC: Well it’s simple really. While we still have access to the War Department's stockpiles we needed a way to purchase and design new weapons directly from the manufactures. In the end it was decided that it wouldn’t be acceptable for the CIA to sign easily traced contracts with major manufacturers. So we took an idea from the Russians, and started front companies to be the face of our business dealings. So far we are funding two companies, one to build new designs, and the other to import/export arms worldwide. The first is up and running in a plant in Indianapolis, it being run by a young guy named Bill Ruger. He worked for the Ordnance Department during the war designing machineguns. Bill’s got a great idea for a new .22 to replace the all the HDMs the Army lost. He says to expect prototypes of that gun in a month or so. Also Bill’s the guy that designed the new suppressor for the 9mm M3A1s we have. We’ve built him a very experience team, Ruger Manufacturing is wh!
ere we put those Mauser engineers and all those prototype weapons we got out of France, so we expect good things out of that company. We got them working on a couple of interesting designs using that 8x33 mm short round the Nazis were using the last few years of the war. The second company is called “Interarms,” so far we’ve got Jack Miller running the show out of Memphis. Through them we are buying as many foreign weapons as we can get our hands on in Britain, Canada, and the US. Also Interarms is the front through which we have issued the contracts with GM for the T24 light machine guns, and the M2 carbines. Also Jack set up the deal to begin production of our copies of the German Panzer faust rockets.
FW: Sounds good, I’ll brief the staff on your progress. How about some lunch?

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