Chapter Five Hundred Ninety-one

11th March 1947

Berlin

Looking over the notes from the latest interview of Miss Jensen it was obvious to Mike Smith that while she had been successful as an asset of the OSS she was not a spy. She also wasn’t exactly trusted by her friends here in Berlin. Katherine von Mischner had allowed the girl to live in her house, meet her friends and family but that was the extent of it. Now as her time in Germany was winding down Miss Jensen had stumbled across a bombshell that was of uncertain value. She’d mentioned being in an American themed Berlin nightclub, the sort that one might go to if they were into Nigro music. Mike personally could care less what direction Miss Jensen’s tastes ran, but she had heard reference to an American expat named Myer.

After years of silence, the OSS might have finally run across the trail of Myer Lansky, the Consigliere of the Luciano Crime Family. When the heat had been turned up in New York Lansky must have decided that he wanted to go to what was the old country for him. Who knew what the Lansky had used to barter for whatever he had here?

The FBI would kill for that information, but the OSS had to play a longer game. They also knew that they were dealing with a cagey actor here. Lansky would have come here knowing it was a place where the G-Men couldn’t easily follow. Now, after several years there had to be something that the OSS could give Lansky that he couldn’t get here. For Mike Smith it was only a matter getting in contact with Lansky and figuring out what that might be. It was looking like the investment that the US State Department had made in Miss Jensen was going to pay off, just not in the way that anyone might have imagined.

When Mike Smith finds out that Myer is hanging out with THE JOHN “most wanted criminal in American history/only man to successfully escape Alcatraz” DILLINGER, the message home from Berlin is going to hit with all the subtlety of an 88mm.

This could very well be the beginning of the end for Germany’s fun and games with American intelligence. Someone’s going to be obliged to look into the FBI to see how they lost sight of that, and it may very well intersect into the ongoing probe into why the Manhattan Project failed right at the top...

Nancy may have inadvertently lit the spark to the greatest trans-Atlantic crisis ever...

Forget John Dillinger. The main point here is the OSS has stumbled across Meyer Lansky, who traded J. Edna Hoover to the Abwehr in exchange for refuge in Germany.

What can the OSS entice Meyer Lansky with, a full pardon? If the OSS threatens Lansky he'll go to Schultz and threaten to out J. Edna unless Schultz can protect him. At that point Lansky has outlived his usefulness and would probably get assassinated because Schultz can't risk German penetration of the US coming to light.
 
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You know Mike my boy, you might want to bring serious back up to that meeting. Also leave a note were you went with your superior and update your will. For this evoces all kinds imagery involving large amounts of your blood being splattered all over the scenery.
 
You know Mike my boy, you might want to bring serious back up to that meeting. Also leave a note were you went with your superior and update your will. For this evoces all kinds imagery involving large amounts of your blood being splattered all over the scenery.

"Thank you for meeting me, Mr. Lansky."

"Not all, Mr. Smith. Did you come alone as I asked?"

"Yes. I told my boss I'm meeting an associate of Albert Speer."

"Excellent. What did you want to discuss?"

"I might be able to arrange your safe return to the US."

"Why would I want to do that? I like it here."

"Or you might be extradited to stand trial. Your choice, Mr. Lansky."

"Threats, Mr. Smith? That's unfortunate."

"Wait! Who are you guys? What's with that needle?"

Body of US diplomat found in the Wansee

Mike Smith, a diplomat from the USA, was found drowned yesterday in the Wansee. An overturned rowboat was found nearby. Preliminary indications are that he struck his head as the boat overturned.

Berliner Tageblatt​
 
The situation as I see it.
No matter what, J Edgar is toast, if the OSS picks up Lansky and send him back to the United States in a diplomatic pouch, Lansky will burn Hoover to get out of this mess.
For the Germans, Hoover is no longer useful and he will soon find himself in dead in a NSFW "accident" in a sleazy motel in Maryland.
As for Dillinger, he can spot law enforcement officials buy their cheap shoes and I think that he is wanted for the murder of several law enforcement officers and for the escape from Alcatraz, this will be in the eyes of the American people a much bigger deal because that would mean a government of a supposed civilized nation is harboring a "Mad Dog Killer" for their own purposes.

Earlier it was posted that the Rosenbergs were sent by Abwher to a muddy little town in Poland, well they might want to get back to the United States and with what they know of the NKVD spy ring that Abwehr took over, this may make it worthwhile for the government to let them back in.

For the German-American FBI agents that have been put in place by Abwher, this something they did not sign up for, yes they wanted to help Germany but not at the price of betraying their own country and for some of them they might be in too deep to get out.

There so many ways that this can play out and this why this timeline is so great, no matter what we think may happen, it is going to be a surprise when it does happen.
 
Part 45, Chapter 592
Chapter Five Hundred Ninety-Two


24th March 1947

Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland

As it turned out, Meyer Lansky wasn’t that hard to find. While he owned a large estate that was in Eastern Poland, it was still partially in ruins because the Russians had thoroughly wrecked the place during the war. That meant that he had the classic problem of men in his position since time out of mind. He was wealthy in terms of land and his property would one day be profitable again. Presently he was short on cash and living in a Warsaw townhouse to keep his expenses down and his creditors at bay. The State Department was perfectly willing to pay Mr. Lansky for his time, if he should be interested. Of course, he was.

“This isn’t the big apple” Lansky said as soon as Mike walked in.

“I can understand that” Mike said, it wasn’t even Berlin. The obvious luxury of this townhouse would be unattainable almost anywhere else in Europe or in any major American city for that matter. Mike knew in that instant that though Lansky might be pleading poverty publicly, he was playing his own game here. Mike knew that he had best be wary in these dealings. He made a mental note that no one connected to the US Embassy should go anywhere near Lansky’s estate. That would be an invitation to be made extremely dead. It was close to the border with Belarus which meant that their friends in the BND would probably have their own game going out there. Which was why Lansky was being allowed to get away with this.

“So, what brought you out here?” Lansky asked.

“The US State Department has an interest in American citizens, even in cases like yours” Mike said, “Whether they like it or not.”

“Bullshit” Lansky said, “I’m perfectly aware of who you work for and the deal you cut with Lucky, that’s why I’ve no interest in working with you.”

Lansky would have heard about that. The FBI had cut a deal with Lucky Luciano during the war to help root out communist infiltration in the East Coast Seaports. After the war they had freed the mob boss and then deported him to Sicily. It was a few weeks later that Lucky’s luck ran out as he was far from his base of power and the locals on the Italian island settled old scores.

“I’m not from the FBI” Mike replied.

“Good thing too” Lansky said, “Might as well be talking to the Government in Berlin if you were.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” Mike asked.

Lansky just laughed, “Information is not free and that’s going to cost you a considerable amount.”

As Mike had predicted, it was money that Lansky was after. A few days later the money was wired from a special fund set up for the OSS and Meyer Lansky proved that his blackmail of the FBI Director was an excellent investment as he sold him out for the second time.

Mike Smith had no idea that he’d sealed J. Edger Hoover’s fate in the process. The BII had picked up where their Abwehr predecessors had left off in watching the Polish-American mobster closely. Lansky might have been the source of one of the Abwehr’s greatest coups but that didn’t mean that they trusted him for a second. Mike didn’t know that, he was rushing back to the US Embassy in Berlin as word raced ahead of him at a time when certain parties were looking to clean up some loose ends…


Chesapeake Bay

The boat steered out into the Bay and motored south past the Nation’s capital eventually out into the North Atlantic. She was not a pretty boat, slow and plodding with a steel hull. Nevertheless, she was made to work in this element as she rode the swells with ease. Spring was near, but it was hard to tell on this stormy night. The two men aboard this boat were brothers and they knew their business. Normally they worked as fishermen but when times were tight, they worked other lucrative jobs where silence was a premium and questions were something that should never be asked.

One of the brothers made his way back to the tarp wrapped ‘packages’ on the stern. He prepared the concrete blocks and lines. This wasn’t the movies, chain and anchors cost money. Even the police were smart enough to know when a ship’s anchor was missing and might start asking questions. Concrete blocks could be found on any demolition site. The only problem was that as bodies started to rot the gases could bring them back to the surface, weights or no weights. That was why they needed to be vented before they went over the side. He stabbed his knife into the first one for that reason, kicked the block over the side and stood clear as the package followed. When he did the second package it moved around some. You’d think a couple bullets in the brain would have done the job but evidently not. It didn’t matter as the second package followed the first to the bottom.

An easy night’s work that would pay their expenses for the next several months.


30th March 1947

Berlin

Mike had been ordered not to present any information that might assist the official investigation that was being conducted into the disappearance of J. Edger Hoover and one of his bodyguards. He had confirmed everything that Lansky had told him. The Germans had been successfully blackmailing Hoover for years. Who knew what portion of the FBI or even the OSS was compromised? Mike had been ordered to keep his mouth shut regarding this matter until the OSS knew who in Washington they could trust. Not only was the FBI suspect but Hoover’s house had been ransacked a dozen times over and the files that he was rumored to have kept, the ones that had made him politically untouchable were missing.
 
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This is getting to the point where the spy game can explode into war very easily. The implications back and forth will be huge...and when Americans end up dead in the USA due to German plots, that can legitimately be classed as an act of war if someone's interested in escalating it.
 
This is getting to the point where the spy game can explode into war very easily. The implications back and forth will be huge...and when Americans end up dead in the USA due to German plots, that can legitimately be classed as an act of war if someone's interested in escalating it.
The Americans won't be quick to admit that a rival power has suborned on of the heads of their Secret Services for years, without anyone knowing. That's not even touching the amount of blackmail that the Germans could have recovered from Edna, which would make many people in power pretty nervous.
Also, it's very hard to prove that. Many will strongly suspect, but won't be able to show definite evidence. And, discrete-ishly offing the head of a Secret Service is generally not ground for war. A more high-profile target must be killed in a way that really doesn't leave place for misinterpretations.
Lastly, the MAD balance heavily favours the Germans at the moment. Only the most short-sided idiots would want escalate to a Hot War before they have a trump card of their own. The most probable outcome would be the Germans pretending they have no hand in it and the Americans pretending to believe them, all the while getting ready for the next act.
 
The Americans won't be quick to admit that a rival power has suborned on of the heads of their Secret Services for years, without anyone knowing. That's not even touching the amount of blackmail that the Germans could have recovered from Edna, which would make many people in power pretty nervous.
Also, it's very hard to prove that. Many will strongly suspect, but won't be able to show definite evidence. And, discrete-ishly offing the head of a Secret Service is generally not ground for war. A more high-profile target must be killed in a way that really doesn't leave place for misinterpretations.
Lastly, the MAD balance heavily favours the Germans at the moment. Only the most short-sided idiots would want escalate to a Hot War before they have a trump card of their own. The most probable outcome would be the Germans pretending they have no hand in it and the Americans pretending to believe them, all the while getting ready for the next act.

True. However, if any word gets out, every other nation is going to be especially suspicious of their own intelligence services. Yes, laugh at the Americans who got caught with their pants down, but everyone will be worried about their own trouser-status as well.
 
True. However, if any word gets out, every other nation is going to be especially suspicious of their own intelligence services. Yes, laugh at the Americans who got caught with their pants down, but everyone will be worried about their own trouser-status as well.
Well, yes, but the European big three already learned their lesson during the World Wars (and very probably by jockeying for position in the Interbellic period). It wasn't that long ago that they were washing stains off their own pants either. Tying to (discreetly) leave each other with egg on their face is frankly a state of being for the Secret Services around the globe, even allied ones.
 
There is still the possibility that the sabotage of the Manhattan Project might become public knowledge, and coupled with that if the fact that John Dillinger is enjoying life in Berlin with full support of German Intelligence.also come out there will a tremendous backlash against Germany.
Now this is where some other players might join this "Game" by stirring the pot and for their own self interest set the United States against Germany.

And now to beat a joke into the ground.
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A young innocent American girl in Berlin finds herself being used as a pawn in a deadly game of gangsters and spies and only a brave American Embassy Official can save her from the "Deadliest Woman in the World" and her "Hellcats".
Nancy faces danger and betrayal around every corner in the most action packed thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Tell No One of the Surprise Ending.
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Well, I hope Lansky saw this coming....
No, and that it makes it hilarious for Mike, because he's highly likely to be drummed out as the expiatory goat for this unmitigated clusterfuck.

The OSS may know the location of the German Nuclear Project, but now because they damn rushed and bumbled things, the biggest intelligence leak in American History to the date its missing, and the files that are the sociopolitical equivalent of several modern MIRV-ICBM are now in the BND's hands ready to take the American Leadership for the metaphorical if not literal balls.

About Lansky, i hope that he enjoys to be beaten, sedated, and giftwrapped to end in the NY Airport by Lufthansa for the American Authorities to greet. He forgot the key rule of Intelligence, namely that betraying your hosts generally ends with either death or being returned for an expedited "unofficial execution" courtesy of those who you backstabbed in first point in this case.

About Dillinger, things are quite different, and i can in fact see that he will be rather protected if not firmly denied his existence, his alter identity being a FULL German Citizen, with the added diplomatic protections, something to further infuriate the Americans.

Now the issue if there its an idiot that has a bright idea to mess with the Empress's visit....and push the Angry Kat Button.


There is still the possibility that the sabotage of the Manhattan Project might become public knowledge, and coupled with that if the fact that John Dillinger is enjoying life in Berlin with full support of German Intelligence.also come out there will a tremendous backlash against Germany.
Now this is where some other players might join this "Game" by stirring the pot and for their own self interest set the United States against Germany.

It won't happen. Because while there would be backlash of the American opinion, the biggest blow would be to the American Reputation. The "Respected" head of the main Security and Law Agency in the US, was basically Germany's patsy for the last decade at least, something that likely enabled the Germans to incrust to an unthinkable scale into American Society and their Goverment and agencies in all levels.

Do you even remotely want to ADMIT that another nation ran circles in your backyard and was pulling the threads of lord knows how MANY people in the last decade, and even if you now found it, you only ensured that said other nation has the BIGGEST Package to make most of their government, society and industry dance to your whims for the next 25 years at the least?

If you say ANYTHING else than "FUCK NO!!" then you are a Darwin Award, congratulations.

The OSS its going to pretty much FREEZE any intelligence efforts in Germany and Europe by several months to a year, as its a fact now that everything to the date its compromised to hell and back. The OSS and the FBI are likely to see a MASSIVE changing of the Guard, removing most of the agents in the trust or watch of Hoover, being suspected of being German informants and such....likely opening the door for the drastic ascent of the younger generations,considered "safe"(snerk)......
 
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All good points that you are making but...
There may be too many different players with their own reasons in this game to keep everything or some of it from coming out.
For President Dewey all of this happened on the Democrats watch and it may be just to good of an opportunity to pass with his political survival on the line.
The British probably knows about Grand Admiral von Schmidt's new toy and they will want to get on America's good side by passing the *redacted* plans along and hope that both America and Germany gets into a mutual destructive budget busting defense spending build up.
For the French it will be a case of "Why Not?" they have seen their influence in the Far East being diminished by Germany and they have long memories from what the United States did to them in The Great War and this may be a good way of getting back at them.
 
Mike had been ordered not to present any information that might assist the official investigation that was being conducted into the disappearance of J. Edger Hoover and one of his bodyguards.

Hmmm. Probably to avoid muddying the waters with information whose source he couldn't reveal.

He had confirmed everything that Lansky had told him. The Germans had been successfully blackmailing Hoover for years. Who knew what portion of the FBI or even the OSS was compromised?

How would have Lansky known that? I'd think that Lansky could tell Smith about things that Lansky had blackmailed Hoover about but after Lansky made his deal with Schultz then Lansky should have been out of the picture.

Mike had been ordered to keep his mouth shut regarding this matter until the OSS knew who in Washington they could trust. Not only was the FBI suspect but Hoover’s house had been ransacked a dozen times over and the files that he was rumored to have kept, the ones that had made him politically untouchable were missing.

I'll bet that the files are in a secure sub-basement of the German Embassy and Violette Morris has a cover job there as a confidential file clerk (quite unprofessional of him to keep the files at home.)
 
The nations of the world mostly want things kept quiet, but newspapermen LOVE a juicy scandal. Newspapermen that find things out, publish them, and then things explode.
 
Part 45, Chapter 593
Chapter Five Hundred Ninety-Three


23rd April 1947

Copenhagen, Denmark

It was the sort of excursion that had become rare for the Empress. They were here to pay condolences to the family of Christian the X, King of Denmark. He had been in poor health for the last few years, complicated by a fall from his horse. A large number of royalty was present in the cathedral as he was laid to rest.

Afterwards Kat was forced to endure being at the right hand of the Empress as she did her rounds. While keeping a firm hand on the shoulder of an extremely bored and potentially dangerous Crown Prince. Kat was aware of how this was just a rehearsal for what was to come in a couple months.

Rival nations, like England and France had sent significant delegations. The Greeks had gone all out, they believed that they held a special connection with northern kingdom. The Romanians and Hungarians were keeping as much distance as they could from each other, hardly surprising. The French President was talking to the King of England, that was in keeping with the international situation. The French and the English were in talks to form an alliance of sorts, economic rather than military this time. When Kat had briefed the Empress on the matter, she’d explained that it was geared towards exploiting the differences between Germany and the United States. Kat was aware of how that mirrored the activities of Abwehr between the wars when England had been the dominate player in the North Atlantic. They intended to play off both sides against the middle, hardly a surprise there. While this was going on the larger convulsions of the scandal Catholic Church continued to ripple from Ireland throughout the fabric of Europe.

Georgy, the Czar of Russia was playing this public appearance for all it was worth. Over the last couple years, he had been stating publicly to anyone who would listen that despite the ill fortunes of the Russian people over the previous decades Russia was still a rich nation. Their time as a rising power was still ahead of them. The Russian people had been eating that up and it was making some circles within the German military nervous. That sort of talk was complicating the process of the economic reintegration of Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus. The hope was that Russia would be an equal player in the decades ahead, an ascendant Czarist Russia was not in anyone’s interest. His two aunts were present while his wife had stayed in Moscow with the infant Czarevich.

In what Kat was increasingly seeing as good sense, Gianna had begged off attending this even though an invitation had been extended to her. Peter had been able to help her but no longer being the heir to the Russian throne had been what had finally eased the pressure on her. Grand Duchess Alexandra was still a figure of reverence among the Russian people, much to Gianna’s annoyance. She had made her choice about who she wanted to be, and her mother’s family was going to have to accept and respect that. So far only Kira had acknowledged that fact had said that she looked forward to watching her cousin’s career at the BT unfold. It had come as a shock when Kat had realized that Kira envied her cousin.


Berlin

Mike hadn’t been removed from his station, much to his surprise. He’d been the one who Meyer Lansky had told, in fact bragged, that he’d sold J. Edger Hoover to the Krauts like a side of rotten meat before the Second World War. The implications of that were staggering. Then, within a day the FBI Director had gone in to an off the books meeting and had vanished into thin air. The seedy bar where the meet was supposed to take place had been closed due to bankruptcy a month earlier. The FBI had arrived there to find a smoldering ruin. That suggested that whoever was running Hoover had decided that he was about to become more trouble than he was worth. In official Washington the usual game of circular finger pointing was going on. Underneath all of that was the subtext that a man who no one had liked had come to a sticky end. Even here in distant Berlin there were rumors that the senior leadership of the FBI was getting collectively sacked. The President was eyeballing the OSS, Secret Service, Army Intelligence and the Office of Naval Intelligence as places that were next on the hit parade.

Meyer Lansky had taken his money and retired to his not so ruined estate in Poland and wasn’t taking any calls. He’d screwed over everyone but was still too valuable in some respect for the Germans to kill just yet. Mike was among those who were trying to figure out just what was supposed to be a coup on the part of the OSS had so radically turned on them. The previous Friday the head of the Berlin Station had been yanked back to Washington DC so that he could explain those very details before a Senate Select Committee.

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Doctor Tangeman was listening through her stethoscope. “We have a strong heat beat” She said, “Hopefully that means that things are progressing they should be.”

Helene smiled as she heard that. Her husband Hans was happy to hear that. The two of them were experiencing the sort of worries that first time parents always did. Quite convinced that they must be doing something wrong. Erma Tangeman knew full well how to put them at ease even while she was checking Helene for some of the not so obvious signs of complications. So far Helene seemed to be in good health.

While Helene was putting her clothes back on with the assistance to the two young women who Tangeman recognized as University students and protégées of Gräfin von Mischner. Tangeman took Hans aside, “Is she pacing herself?” She asked.

“Helene is close to a diploma” Hans said, “It’s important to her.”

“I understand that” Tangeman said, “Just convince her not to exert herself too much.”

Hans didn’t laugh at that, but he did say “She is Graf von Richthofen’s daughter through and through, once she makes up her mind…” He just shrugged. Word was that the newly retired Field Marshal could give lessons in stubbornness to a mule.

With that the two girls led Helene out, they were all smiles. Something about one of the girls caught Tangeman’s eye. Something about her jawline, build, hair and eye color. Standing next Hans, she looked like Katherine except with Hans’ coloration. Tangeman put that thought aside, she might ask Kat about that if she ever got the chance.
 
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On the scandal in the Catholic Church, the Pope should have a special commission investigating the reports of abuses worldwide.
Some people will have a cynical view of the independence of said commission especially since it is headed up by an obscure minor Archbishop in the Diplomatic Corps: Angelo Roncalli.
 

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On the scandal in the Catholic Church, the Pope should have a special commission investigating the reports of abuses worldwide.
Some people will have a cynical view of the independence of said commission especially since it is headed up by an obscure minor Archbishop in the Diplomatic Corps: Angelo Roncalli.

Well that will do it! XD
 
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