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.
Readers can compare the sketch map with the aerial reconnaissance photograph.
Were your observations correct?
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:
Debrief, casualty and damage report to be forwarded with intelligence reports.
Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 5 January 2019