Operation Steamworks V45.4
Early last month French resistance fighters outside the city of Hazebrouck confirmed to the Office of Strategic Services of heavy German activity at the Hazebrouck family chateaux. After weeks of surveillance, high profile talks between Luftwaffe high command and Waffen-SS field officers have been confirmed. Reconnaissance photos smuggled out of the area show a massive build up and fortification in and around the aging mansion.
The OSS was able to infiltrate the ranks of the SS guards and give the RAF a look at inside the camp. The confirmation of heavy fortification led us to believe that high profile talks were indeed underway.
Before we lost contact with our agent, he was able to take and smuggle out one last photo which has confirmed our suspicions. Heinrich Himmler, head of the Waffen-SS and Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda were seen arriving at the chateaux late yesterday afternoon.
After losing contact with our agent, we feared the worst for his fate and gave the order for an assault on the chateaux. We believe that both Himmler and Goebbels left this morning as the attack started, heading for a grass airstrip outside of Cassel. French resistance reported a speeding Horch Type 930 V8 heading north out of Hazebrouck and OSS commandos outside of Steenvoorde confirmed local emergency vehicles were seen heading to a small fire caused by a vehicle accident in the same area. Radio transmissions from the accident scene indicate that one body was found in a burned out car but the second car was empty and the doors open.
RAF Orders and Targets:
The French resistance fighters have been pinned down by heavy weapons within the Haxebrouck chateaux. Destroy the entire compound, watch for friendly ground forces outside the chateaux holed up within the neighboring town.
The French fuel depot at St. Omer has been under German control for far too long. Render the facility useless.
The Caffiers runway must be cratered to slow German air sorties.
Small shipping convoy of cargo ships leaving Dunkerque heading to Norway.
SOFT TARGETS: (Fighters/Attack/Bombers)
A German convoy was spotted leaving Tournehem-sur-la-Hem heading towards Ardres. Fuel trucks and helium stores should be easy targets. Convoy was last seen passing over a bridge and stopping at a local town east of Ardres.
Himmler and Goebbels have been spotted north west of the car crash hiding near a French farmer's windmill. Watch for French civilians plowing nearby fields.
The Office of Strategic Services has notified the RAF HQ that their agent who infiltrated the Hazebrouck chateaux has escaped on a French passenger train leaving Hazebrouck, heading towards Boulogne. Be prepared for immediate launch of Search and Rescue operations if we are contacted by the OSS with a location for pickup.
The agent will try to mark the best angle of approach for landing and will require a multi-crew (BLENHEIM suggested!) aircraft to board. Intel on location of pickup and the location of drop off will be transmitted to the entire RAF when known.
(IF SAR MISSION IS A SUCCESS, RED TEAM WINS REGARDLESS OF OBJECTS LEFT, IF SAR MISSION FAILS BY THE RESCUING PARTY'S DEATH/CRASH/TIME LIMIT THEN BLUE WINS. SAR MISSION CAN BE IGNORED AND MAP SUCCESS STILL POSSIBLE WITH COMPLETION OF ALL OTHER OBJECTIVES).
AIRSPAWNS "RAF airborne" for Beaufighter and Blenheim IV late are available.