There is one more ordeal waiting for Kat--when Schultz catches up with her, and tells her in excruciating detail how she should have called for backup, told him what was going on, etc. and what would have happened to the Imperial family if she had been taken out before she was able to rescue them.
Kat can counter Shultz's tirade by saying that she knew the palace alarm would have been sounded but without her swift intervention the Royal Family might have been killed before the relieving forces could intervene. The old adage 'he/she who hesitates is lost' has always been a feature of Kat's success and survival. Also the failure of her supervisor to act on her warning earlier would reinforce the fact that to get the right information securely to Schultz in a timely manner could well have been impossible through normal channels!
Initially i thought the same thing until recently... but now that i digested it.... Kat already was successfully pulling missions what GROWN Man in intelligence have problems with. Yet still underwent the seemingly tedious AAR....

Frankly, it seems that Schultz rather than dissing her, it's shaping her to assume Field Command position in the Abwehr.

Add her already Legendary reputation, and i can see that rather than field work, SHE will be put to be the mind what manages the Abwehr's Field Operators and Ops.

Wouldnt be rare that in the end of the coming War, she becomes the youngest Head of the Intelligence Services of Germany.. mm.
 
I don't think she'll get any kind of dressing down from Schultz. Given the insider and her being dismissed by a superior for having found the only evidence of a snatch and grab or outright slaughter, her actions were completely consistent with "I don't know who to trust - there's no time."
 
Part 21, Chapter 229
Chapter Two Hundred Twenty-Nine


14th July 1941

Berlin

The US Ambassador, Leland Morris had commented that the city had become an armed camp in a shockingly short period of time but considering some of the things that had happened the last few years they had gotten in quite a bit of practice. A midlevel staffer like James Clark hadn’t had time to comment, he was too busy trying to get a handle on rapidly shifting events. A source had told him that Abwehr was working their way back along the trail of the assailants in the clusterfuck that was continuing to unfold. They were not being delicate in their task, leaving no stone unturned or door kicked in. The German Communists had screamed bloody murder until they had belatedly realized that bringing attention to themselves would likely draw the attention of an angry mob complete with torches and pitchforks.

James had gotten a hold of the preliminary report submitted to the Reichstag by back channels. He suspected that someone wanted a copy of this report in the hands of the world’s diplomats. A former Abwehr trainee who’d landed in the German Federal Foreign Service had spotted duplicate names and rushed to investigate but that hadn’t actually been where this had started. A member of the Imperial household who had been suborned by who was assumed to be the Soviets had passed on that family was moving to Potsdam for the summer. Because of a massive renovation that had been scheduled on the Hohenzollern Palace the German Emperor and his family wouldn’t be back for the foreseeable future.

That had prevented a greater tragedy. The team that had assaulted the Palace had been unsuccessfully attempting to acquire explosives in Switzerland when they’d been forced to move up their timetable. As it stood there had been fifteen dead including six of the attackers. The words on everyone’s lips was that this had been an attempt to repeat the success that NKVD had in Canada months before with disastrous results this time but that was all just rumor. Rumors were also spilling out that there was a major housecleaning going on at government institutions throughout Germany.

James looked up from his desk, something had changed in the pitch of the room. James got up and looked at the English language version of a local newspaper that was getting passed out. The German Chancellor, Augustus Lang and Kaiser Louis Ferdinand had issued a joint ultimatum. It spelled out how the situation had grown intolerable and gave a blow by blow account of how a NKVD team had attacked the Palace and an attempt had been made on the lives of the Empress and her two young children. The attack had been fended off by a dear friend of the Empress, Dame Katherine Mischner who’d been armed with just a knife and had been injured herself in the process. James had to read that bit twice, that was the same girl who’d sliced up two ONI agents last year. If what James had heard was true then there was a lot being left out, Katherine Mischner was believed to be an Abwehr trained assassin, yet here she was being portrayed as if she were some sort of contemporary German version of Joan of Arc. To really sell this was a photograph of the girl with Crown Prince Friedrich asleep in her arms at a public event.

The Soviet Union had one week to begin the extradition of Lavrentiy Beria to stand trial for murder, conspiracy and whatever else the Germans could think to charge him with. The Russian Army was to retreat from the Russo-Polish border to a distance of no less than fifty kilometers and all naval activity in the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Finland and Black Sea was to cease immediately. If these demands were not met the Empire of Germany would began mobilizing for war.

James looked at the reports on his desk, the Germans were not waiting for an answer, it was already spelled out. The Heer was already in the process of moving their mechanized divisions to the Polish border and the reserves were getting called up and there were accounts of the High Seas Fleet putting to sea. For years, cynics had referred to the Great War as World War One, at this moment James realized that that they had been correct and he was watching the second one start.


East of Kowel, Poland

The powers that be were not messing around this time. A few days earlier the entire 2nd Army had been told to make ready for advanced deployment and given one hour to get their things together. Then it was onto the trains heading east, this was not posturing in East Prussia this time. That had become clear when they had not even slowed down they had crossed the border into Poland and not even slowed down. They had pulled into a grey Polish city that Hans never did get the name of and then they got to walk. It was exactly the same as the first days of the Spanish campaign, walking behind the APCs that had been stuffed full of supplies. The difference for Hans this time was that he’d recently gotten bumped up to Unterfeldwebel and made acting squad leader. As a result, he got to listen of all the complaining this time. Jost, who’d finally made Gefreiter and was supposed to be Hans assistant had contented himself with leading the complaining. On top of all this was him worrying about what had happened at home.

He’d pulled rank to cut ahead in the line to use the phone in the barracks and he’d only managed to get Uncle Klaus on the line for a few minutes. Klaus had told him that Marcella was out because Kat was in the hospital again. Klaus didn’t know any details yet, if Hans was going to deploy then Klaus advised him to keep his eyes open, head down and mouth shut. That was actually some good advice, Hans sometimes forgot that Klaus had been a squid back in the day. Hans thanked him and hung up. That had been weighing on him the last few days. What had his sister gotten herself into this time?

Eventually they stopped at a low rise on the edge of a field of cabbages and ordered to dig in. Hans noticed that Karl was talking to some of the other Poles in the unit in low voices. He couldn’t understand what they were saying but they were pointing off to the east at a fence on the far side of the cabbage field.

“What was that all about?” Hans asked Karl as the others scattered.

“See that fence over there?” Karl asked.

“Yeah” Hans said, “What about it?”

“That’s the Ukraine on the other side” Karl said before he went back to seeing to the disposition of the Rust Bucket II, hulldown wasn’t just an option in this place, it was a matter of survival.

Hans went to digging his hole when Major Horst came down the line. “Mischner, I need to talk to you about…” Then Horst stopped talking and gave Karl a withering look “This in none of your fucking business Wojtyla” he snapped. Horst had said that the Pole reminded him of someone named Stoltz and it was known throughout the Regiment that the only way they might have warmed to each other involved cremation. The Polish APC Commander wisely found a better place to be.

Horst pulled a newspaper from under his arm “There’s something important here that you need to see before anyone tells you…”
 
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Another great piece. Trying to type around the kittens, so need to keep this short. I'm imagining the look on Hans's face when he finds out what his sister's been up to--crazy lass isn't even old enough to vote, or at most barely old enough, and in the center of the two worst terrorist attacks on Germany ever, preventing both of them.

I suspect that Leland Morris's thoughts are similar to what people thought in OTL on September 12, 2001.

WOW!
 
There is an interesting aspect of the conflict about to erupt. IOTL Stalin was paranoid to the extreme, but Hitler wanted to enslave Russia with or without Stalin. ITTL the Soviets may gain peace by removing Stalin.
Cant be long to the wispers of blame is reported by NKVD. Try to imagine the paranoia in this TL....:(. And the co-beliggerent Beria is the only one he Can trust.
 
The tale of Kat will become larger, all the comments focus inward, but the royal families of Europa, are all connected. I think that the Britsh King will want to reward Kat for saving his relations. (and finaly express his thanks for her assistance in removing some pest from british society). Kat's role in the near future will be to keep the empress (feel)safe, and mayby be the "nanny" for the childeren (which have already bonded with her). She will become a very important (public) figure at home and international.
All "rival" intelligence organisation will run in circles trying to figure everything out and assume the worst. I think Fleming and his Director will pay a visit soon.
Also the Americans will pay attention. I think that the Abwehr will also work back through all the info in her Summer Job. Mundane information about money etc.., but what if there are more clues to find???.
 
Part 21, Chapter 230
Chapter Two Hundred Thirty


17th July 1941

Berlin

According to the Paras guarding Kat, she would have gladly fled if her clothes hadn’t been holed by bullets and then cut apart by the medics treating her wounds. Kat’s Aunt Marcella, who probably knew her niece better than anyone had forbidden anyone from giving her clothes to wear until the doctors had agreed to discharge Kat. Otherwise she’d probably be in South America or Australia by now.

Kira came in as Kat had being debriefed by Abwehr and was being read the riot act over her not using proper channels, rushing into a situation without back up, not alerting authorities before rushing into that situation and most of all for getting herself fired from her position at Auswärtiges Amt. Still she’d been praised for acting on intelligence without hesitance and her bravery under fire.

“Your Grace” Johann Schultz said as he exited and saw that the Empress herself had been waiting on him. The Argentinian who was said to be his right hand these days was there with him. Kat had presented the powers that be with a problem for the second time in her life, pretty good for a woman who was still short of her nineteenth birthday. The only reason that Kat had been considered a civilian was because of gender, otherwise it wouldn’t have even been up for debate. It was finally forcing a systemwide examination of how the German State did things but by the time they finally got around to changing their practices it would be a bit late for Kat.

It had been Louis who had come through on this matter and suggested a move that would probably cause heads to explode when it was announced. He’d said that there was no point in being the Emperor of a Constitutional Monarchy if he couldn’t use what powers he had to reward someone who had thrown themselves between his own family and very real danger.

The best part was that because the OKW had been so adamant that Kat was a civilian they would not be able to do anything about such an unprecedented action. Of course, Kat would be absolutely mortified when she learned what she was about to receive. Louis had partially given it away when he’d called her Freiin, but just what did you call someone like Kat. Until now there had never been an unmarried woman who had earned a title like this on her own merits. There was also the small matter of her being the first woman not of the Royal family to be inducted into the Order of the Black Eagle.

Kat smiled when she saw Kira, she had to have gotten bored being forced to lay in a hospital like this and just wanted someone to talk to and see a friendly face.


East of Kowel, Poland

“This explains so much” Jost said “The women in your family are the tough ones.”

That was spoken like someone who’d never seen what Aunt Marcella had done to Hans’ father on several occasions. Coming around drunk was an invitation to sleep it off in the cellar laundry room because there was no way she was going to have her house stunk up. Even in middle age, Otto Mischner was a formidable man who’d fought in the Arras meatgrinder in his youth. Marcella could drop him like it was nothing and she fought mean. If Kat was anything like that then her armed with a knife was probably that Russian team’s worst nightmare. Well good for Kat, was Hans’ thought on the matter, the rest of the Company had still flipped him shit over it. It was actually the photograph that had been on the front page of the paper that Horst had is what surprised Hans. It was a side of Kat that Hans simply didn’t think existed. Uncle Klaus had warned him that Kat was involved in some things where it was safer not to ask questions. The newspaper article was proof of that.

“You just don’t understand my family” Hans said “I’d also reckon that they are the smart ones as well and I’ve met your family in Zossen. If you crossed your Mom and sisters do you think your body would ever be found?”

Jost didn’t answer that, he just worked on expanding his hole. Hans watched as the Polish farmer who’s field they were dug in on the edge of tended his cabbages. There was a message in that for them. Empires came and went but the people here ignored all that and went about their lives. This place had seen armies pass through and fight over it since the dawn of time but the people were still here. The Federal Railroad was giving free transit to anyone wanting to go west, the people around here clearly hadn’t taken them up on that.

The position of the Regiment had been improved with sandbag and plywood machinegun nests. They had also staked out barbed wire. They had heard the sound of engines running across the lines so Panzerfausts, the improved version of the Faustpatrone from a few years earlier, had been passed out. These ones were good out to 60 meters and sliced through 20 centimeters of armor. A whole lot of 8mm and 13mm machine gun ammunition had arrived. They had been encouraged to take as many magazines for the G31s as they could carry. That told Hans everything he needed to know about what was coming at them.

“We’re starting a pool on how the Russians are going to respond on the Monday” Henrik said, “You two got any ideas for categories.”

“How about all of the above and we won’t like it” Hans said.

“Yeah, what he said” Jost said from his hole.

“Both of you used to be a lot more fun” Henrik said, “Besides, that one has already been suggested a few times.”

“Perhaps you ought to take a hint from that, Henrik” Hans said.

“Whatever” Henrik muttered as he walked off in search of better conversation.

“You think we used to be more fun?” Hans asked Jost.

“No” Jost replied “All that happened is we moved up a bit and he’s still a jackass.”
 
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In this ATL has the George cross been inaugurated by the British Monarchy. Though only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens it was in OTL awarded to the Island of Malta. So could precedent be set and Kat given the GC. alternatively the King could revive the Royal Guelphic Order and create Kat as a Dame Companion of the Order. That would permit or help a reproachment between the British Secret Service and the Abwehr as well as between Flemming and Kat on the more personal level.
 
Another great piece. Trying to type around the kittens, so need to keep this short. I'm imagining the look on Hans's face when he finds out what his sister's been up to--crazy lass isn't even old enough to vote, or at most barely old enough, and in the center of the two worst terrorist attacks on Germany ever, preventing both of them.

I suspect that Leland Morris's thoughts are similar to what people thought in OTL on September 12, 2001.

WOW!
"Typing around the kittens"...that was an old Tiny Tim song, wasn't it?
 
In this ATL has the George cross been inaugurated by the British Monarchy. Though only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens it was in OTL awarded to the Island of Malta. So could precedent be set and Kat given the GC. alternatively the King could revive the Royal Guelphic Order and create Kat as a Dame Companion of the Order. That would permit or help a reproachment between the British Secret Service and the Abwehr as well as between Flemming and Kat on the more personal level.

I think it more likely she would be appointed as an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. This would recognise her personal service to the monarch and as a personal gift from him would not be subject to official scrutiny.
 
I had thought of that one but considered it to obvious for the Author! I Liked the defunct The Royal Guelphic Order due to it's links to Hanover. Also being a now defunct order means that it can be seen as a unique one off honour in the gift of the King.
 
In this ATL has the George cross been inaugurated by the British Monarchy. Though only open to British or Commonwealth Citizens it was in OTL awarded to the Island of Malta. So could precedent be set and Kat given the GC. alternatively the King could revive the Royal Guelphic Order and create Kat as a Dame Companion of the Order. That would permit or help a reproachment between the British Secret Service and the Abwehr as well as between Flemming and Kat on the more personal level.

I think it more likely she would be appointed as an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. This would recognise her personal service to the monarch and as a personal gift from him would not be subject to official scrutiny.

I had thought of that one but considered it to obvious for the Author! I Liked the defunct The Royal Guelphic Order due to it's links to Hanover. Also being a now defunct order means that it can be seen as a unique one off honour in the gift of the King.

Regardless of the medal, in the case of British awards, it will have to wait for a bit, until the usefulness of the Cambridge Ring has been spent making idiots of Beria and Stalin and facilitating the work of the German Army to destroy the Soviet Regime.

More than likely the ceremony to award a near inwardly whimpering Kat, it will be transmitted worldwide..... You can imagine WHAT Stalin will do to Beria when he hears for WHAT "That Damn Prussian Hellcat" has been awarded....
 
So, if I'm reading correctly, the military said she wasn't a civilian so the military Blue Max wasn't available, but she's getting made a Baronness as an unmarried woman and inducted as a non-Royal female into the Order of the Black Eagle, which was insanely exclusive. Is there even something higher that she's also getting?
 
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