Desert Raid on Wadi-Yu-Min Briefing Map 1941

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Damaged Sketch Map  left by raiding party on Wadi-Yu-Min, NordAfrika – sent to Von Rimmel Headquarters NordAfrika 1941

Received Bletchley Park Hut 43 (NordAfrika Army section):

Decoded signal sent by the NAK NordAfrika  Korps Special Section radio station at Wadi-Yu-Min  to General Von Rimmel, NAK Headquarters, North Africa: CLASSIFIED: Despatch rider has been sent with what is is believed to be operational sketch map prepared by enemy forces  for the recent raid on our operations at Wadi-Yu-Min, Nord Afrika. Map damaged and it appears attempt made to burn this by Allied raiding party. Map was located amongst Allied equipment left behind by raiding forces  and recovered by NAK troops after the action.

It appears or claims to be based on aerial reconnaissance photographs by the enemy’s air forces operating over the desert.

It appears not  accurate enough to be based on good local knowledge of the local population or local railway staff.

Damage report to follow. As directed by General Von Rimmel,  NAK Special Section operations to continue. HH. [Message Ends.]

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(Bletchley Park) Station X message – passed to Military Intelligence,  Combined Ops and LRDG-D Sections: Summary to be passed to  Aerial Reconnaissance Section Desert Air Force, Royal Angrian Defence Forces (West Africa), C in C Yestershire Regiment

Intercept of NAK  signal to Von Rimmel’s HQ NordAfrika re. Sketch map supplied to our raiding party at Wadi Yu Min. Map and equipment  attributable to allied forces successfully left to make  sure that no blame attached to local population or from any informants amongst the railway staff for the raid or reconnaissance.

Advised that enemy NAK Special Section Operations to be resumed.

Further aerial reconnaissance or scouting parties  to be advised that following this raid, additional anti-aircraft sources may be installed and further ground defences at Wadi-Yu-Min.

Debrief, casualty and damage report to be forwarded with intelligence reports Section.

Photograph of the pre damaged sketch map (deliberately left behind) attached along with original air reconnaissance Section Desert Air Forces.

Signed – authorised by Major Martin, Hut 43 NAK Section / Station X / Military Intelligence liaison.

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Readers can compare the sketch map with the aerial reconnaissance photograph.

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Were your observations correct?

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We will have to wait and see, to read the Intelligence debrief report on how the raid on Wadi-Yu-Min went.

Meanwhile previously on Man of TIN:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/02/aerial-reconnaissance-photos-western-desert-1941/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/weirdos-and-misfits-with-odd-skills-wanted-no-10-lrdg-soe-commandos-gchq-and-bletchley-park/

Debrief, casualty  and damage report to be forwarded with intelligence reports.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 January 2019

6 thoughts on “Desert Raid on Wadi-Yu-Min Briefing Map 1941”

  1. Well, I totally misinterpreted that large white thing next to the train. I thought it was open-topped, painted white, and had a few ‘bits and bobs’ in it. Didn’t occur to me it was a building with a flat roof! Doh! Still think that plane thing is fishy though…

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  2. Very clever, am intrigued. It suggests something of the similar painstaking processes with a magnifying glass that they must have gone through in WWII. “What’s that? Arms dump or a dung heap?”

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