The Dark Light of Perverted Science

Highest trails above
Angels 1

The flight of four US Army Air Corps P-47D-15 Thunderbolts raced back home for England at low altitude, leaving behind them a blazing railyard.

“Red Leader, this is Red Three, I have red smoke at my four o’ clock. Looks like a Kraut airfield. Request permission to give it a squirt.”

“Red Three, this is Red Leader, roger, I see it. Take your section and go in quick. We’ll cover you. Watch out for flak.”

Operation Undertow: After Action Report

After Action Report
UNIT: Jedburgh team; CORDITE
C.O, Maj. Noel Richards, British Army
X.O. Capt. John Miller, United States Army.


On the night of 30 April, 1944, at 2345hrs, Team CORDITE boarded C47 transport at FULBECK Airfield, ENGLAND. Following an uneventful flight of approximately 35 minutes, Team CORDITE recieved a green light from the loadmaster and parachuted safely onto dropzone X-Ray in the vicinity of the village of Audinghen, PAS DE CALAIS.

Team CORDITE quietly went to ground on the edge of the dropzone, where it encounted an enemy patrol of 4 man strength. Fortunately, the enemy were eliminated quickly and efficiently by the unit’s scout and intelligence pertaining to the enemy’s challenges, counter-signs and partol routes for the night of the 30th were obtained. Seeing an immediate advantage to be gained from possession of this knowledge, Team CORDITE preceeded to infiltrate the Battery GROSSE KURFURST both by foot and captured enemy transport almost immediately.

For this action Team CORDITE divied into three fireteams and began the infiltration.

TEAM ONE consisting of Captains Miller and Smith, Sergeant Borkowski and W.O Shears succeeded in bluffing their way through Audinghen while disguised in uniforms of the enemy. However an unfortunate miscommunication alerted enemy sentries to a possible invasion attempt at this time. While this resulted in the GROSSE KURFURST garrison standing-to and placed the other two teams in peril, it also enabled TEAM ONE to successfully pass within the battery’s defensive perimeter. The action thus began at 0550hrs on the night of 30 APRIL 1944.

TEAM TWO, consisting of Maj. Richards and Capt. Montgomery, were out of contact when the enemy garrison stood to. Faced with a crossing of open ground against alert and prepared sentries with no way of assertaining the cause of the alarm, TEAM TWO withdrew towards the rendevous.

TEAM THREE, consisting of Petty Officer Lawcewicz and the Sioux Master Sergeant, infiltrated the battery perimeter via the shore defenses and were close enough to assault the beach emplacements before the enemy sentries were fully alert. Their strong and determined action, pressed against overwhelming odds, was in the finest tradition of the United States Armed Forces and while Maj. Richards was unable to witness this act of galantry directly, the results and success of the mission can be directly attributed to it.

TEAM ONE preceeded to assault CASEMATE THREE while still wearing the uniform of the enemy, sowing much cofusion among the garrison and triggering several friendly fire incidents. In the further chaos this caused, they were able to place explosives within the shell handling room of CASEMATE THREE. This lead to the casemate’s utter destruction and near total fatalities among the gun crew.

TEAM THREE, having successfully assaulted several TOBRUK resistance nests. Preceeded to assault an enemy barracks situated within a stable block by utilizing equipment seized from the enemy. Following a concetrated firefight, TEAM THREE successully neutralized all enemy resistance within the barracks and proceeded towards CASEMATE ONE. Again unaided, these two gallant soldiers fought their way into CASEMATE ONE and disabled the breach mechanism on the gun.

TEAM ONE, having eliminated CASEMATE THREE began an assault on CASEMATE FOUR. Utilizing a captured AA mount to support their advance, Captain Smith was able to enter CASEMATE FOUR and trigger the detonation of several cordite charges by dropping Mills grenades into the open shell handling arpeture. This resulted in a raging inferno, the sympathetic detonation of the magazine and total destruction of the casemate’s 380mm gun.

At approximately the same time, TEAM TWO sighted an unidentified enemy rotorcraft approaching their position. This craft proved capable of hovering and engaged TEAM TWO in a protracted firefight before moving away to disgorge a four man fire team which attempted to eliminate TEAM TWO. This enemy force proved insuficient for the task and suffered 100% casualties, one wounded prisoner being taken by TEAM TWO. The enemy soldiers were found to be carrying an unidentified automatic weapon stamped as “STURMGEWEHR 1944” (Assault Rifle 1944). (See Technical description appended to this report.)

The enemy rotorcraft moved off again in the direction of the burning CASEMATE FOUR where it engaged TEAM ONE. TEAM ONE employed their captured AA mount to great effect and shot the rotorcraft down, whereupon it crashed into a manned position, inflicting further casuaties upon the enemy.

TEAM THREE now began an assault upon CASEMATE TWO, successfully overrunning enemy positions and reaching the casemate. The Sioux Master Sergeant, showing bravery above and beyond the call of duty and despite grave wounds, single handedly fought his way inside, eliminating the gun crew and enabling Petty Officer Lawcewicz to place thermite charges within the shell handling arperture in a similar fashion to the actions of TEAM ONE.

With the destruction of the final casemate, TEAM ONE and TEAM TREE broke from contact and began a withdrawal to the south-east where they preceeded to the agreed upon rendevous at approximately 0605hrs on the morning of May 1st 1944.

During this action all team members displayed great gallantry and dedication to duty in the most difficult of circumstances, proceeding to complete their mission despite great odds.

As a consequence, it is this officer’s pleasure to recommend the following awards; (individual citations to follow.)

The Sioux Master Sergeant; Medal of Honor (2nd Award)
Petty Officer James Lawcewicz; Navy Cross (2nd Award)
Captain Nicholas Smith; Military Cross (2nd Award)
Captain John Miller, Silver Star
Captain Uriah Montgomery; Bronze Star (Combat)
Sergeant Konstanty Borkowski; Military Cross
Warrant Officer William Shears; Silver Star


Major Noel Richards, Combined Operations, British Army.

Interlude III
John 11:44

White walls. Antiseptic smell. Shadows reflecting off a two-way mirror.

“Muller, Heinz. He was shot, but that didn’t kill him. Looks like a broken neck did it.”

“Did he bleed out? Maybe it was to intimidate us.”

“He tied a tourniquet before he went. No chance of that.”

“And what does Der Ritter say?”

Die rote Quecksilber. Solution C.”

“Is he certain? Our supply is limited. The Vr-”

“I know. He knows.”

“He understands we will learn nothing, yes?”

“He understands that we can gain nothing by speaking. But: ‘follow the hound to find the fox…’”



Interlude II
Der Ritter

“We’re glad you could come, Herr Obergruppenf├╝hrer, especially at such short notice.”
“My pleasure, Herr Oberst. Of course it’s hardly safe to use the helicopters by day, but in this case I felt speed was more important. How many, do you think?”
“Survivors claimed at least a battalion, parachutists and marine commandos, supported by naval gunfire.”
“And what do you think?”
“Impossible, of course. We’d have spotted the transport planes, and how would they get them out again? No, more likely it looks like some commandos crossed the sea in small boats, like at St. Nazaire.”
“Still, with a great deal of success. This was no Dieppe.”
“Yes, the garrison was careless, embarrassingly so, even accounting for the fact that the enemy dressed in our uniforms.”
“Well, they must have had help from the locals. I trust you’re taking the appropriate measures?”
“We have a reprisal plan in place, yes. Most of Framzelle.”
“Excellent. The Waffen-SS will take over after that; this was altogether too close to some of our other projects at Wissant. We have a foreign delegation with us now; we’re fortunate this was not even more embarrassing than it already is.”

Battery "Winnie"

“Sir!” A breathless Royal Marine had run flat out from his observation post to wake his commanding officer. “Something’s gone up at the Jerry gun batteries on the coast! There’s a jet of flame, and we heard it from here.”

The Royal Marine colonel struggled blearily to wakefulness. “What? You’re absolutely certain?”

“Yes sir, absolutely, sir.”

“Well, we shan’t get a better chance than this. It’s almost light, we can use the smoke to adjust for wind. In the meantime, prepare the guns to fire for effect!”

Interlude I
Die rote Quecksilber

The sealed flask is nearly a foot long. ACHTUNG! GEFAHR! is stenciled on the sides in block capitals. It is nestled snugly in a cradle, a striker angled away from it at forty-five degrees.

A Russian POW, shackled securely, stares at the flask in mute incomprehension. On the other side of one-way glass, unsympathetic eyes observe him.

“…presumably a power source, as seen in the fliegenartefakt.”
“And our supply?”
“We have reached an understanding.”
“With the Luftwaffe?”
“Them too. But what I wish to direct your attention to, is that this may also be of a biological origin. During the Vrilobduktion…”
“From the original crash?”
“Before contact, yes. From that, we discovered some tantalizing information…”
“Yes, yes. Trigger the striker.”
“Test twenty-two. “Die rote Quecksilber”, Slav subject, inhalation. Commencing…now."

The striker shatters the flask.

Operation UNDERTOW
Operation Orders



TASK ORGANIZATION: GUNFIRE Force, Major Noel Richards, British Army, Commanding.

I. Situation: Allied forces are preparing to liberate FRANCE. The invasion is planned for JUNE 5, 1944, at or near the PAS-DE-CALAIS, after dummy landings at NORMANDY have caused the enemy to commit his reserves. German coastal gun emplacements at WISSANT, BOULOUGNE-SUR-MER, SANGATTE, and CAP-GRIS-NEZ must be destroyed before this date. Contact must be made with the French resistance in the area, and they must be prepared for positive action. You have broad discretion in carrying out these orders.

A. ENEMY FORCES: We have identified elements of fifteen German divisions in the area, mostly garrison infantry units of low quality. Intelligence has also identified elements of the 1ST SS PANZER CORPS just north of the River SEINE, to the SOUTH. These mobile troops include 12TH SS PANZER, composed of Hitler Youth recruits and likely of low quality, 17TH SS PANZERGRENADIER, 1ST SS PANZER, believed to be crack troops, and PANZER LEHR, a Wehrmacht division of high quality. German forces are supplemented by the local French police and fifth columnists, but the area is under German military control. There are many LUFTWAFFE FLAK and RDF units near the coast, but few if any German aircraft have been encountered by our fighters.

1. Weather: Is expected to be warm and clear, with temperatures exceeding 70 Farenheit most days. Minimal precipitation.

2. Terrain: Many crop fields. Heavily forested off of the main roads.

3. Many of the German garrison divisions contain so-called “Racial German” inductees from the former Baltic States or POLAND, and these troops may be unreliable. Soldiers of the WAFFEN-SS may be anticipated to be fanatical Nazis and of high quality, except for the 12TH SS PANZER, who are mainly young boys of 16.

B. FRIENDLY FORCES: A Jedburgh team of three men was dropped on April 12, but has not reported in. MI9 has contacts with an escape and evasion pipeline centered on Calais itself. They are not to be contacted unless immediate escape is necessary.

II. MISSION: Destroy the German coastal gun positions. Disrupt German operations in the area. Destroy German telephone lines. Act boldly.

Good Luck And God Speed,


General Sir Alan Brooke, Chief of Imperial General Staff
General Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, SHAEF
Lieutenant General George S. Patton, FUSAG
Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Thorne, Fourth British Army
Major General Sir Robert Laycock, Chief of Combined Operations

Before Embarkation...

Shears: “What do you mean, I can’t fill my paracaisson with cigarettes and Hershey bars? Do you know how many hand j—-I mean, Swiss francs those go for nowadays? Oh Beelzebub’s feathers, fine. Fine, just fill it with whatever.”


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