Downing Street number
10, August 1946
„Admiral Cunningham, are you telling me
that the giant carrier has a top speed of seven
knots and so do the two sister bergships?“
„Yes, Prime Minister, we see this as a problem.
We didn‘t count on her sailing south, across
the equator, we‘re afraid she‘ll soften up a bit
during the voyage.“
„But the designers assured me that the material, the pykrete, is heat resistant and there
are cooling units inside...“
„You know designers, sir, they mainly counted
on it operating only around the Arctic Circle.
We‘re quite worried that HMS Habbakuk will
shrink along the way and make the deck a
swimming pool. There will be 200 aircraft on
the ship, all fighters or bombers, but no seaplanes. „
Churchill thoughtfully moved the ashtray
a bit with a cigar.
„Admiral, have you ever pushed an aircraft carrier with one battleship while simultaneously towing it with the another one?“
„Sir, I‘ve never really done that. Especially not
a 2,000-foot aircraft carrier made of iceberg.“
„Then make it happen! You just have to cross
the equator fast! We‘ve got HMS Vanguard
completed, she‘s doing thirty knots. If you
don‘t dare, I‘ll ask the US Navy! Summer starts
in Antarctica in a few months, we‘ve got to be
there in time to get the bastards. „
machines white. I‘m sure the Germans will do
it, they said they did it each winter on the eastern front during the war.“
Suddenly things on the desk shifted a few inches and the furniture in the cabin creaked.
It was as if the ship had been rocked by something big... Both men froze. The executive
officer shook his head and pursed his lips in
„John, can you please ask the Vanguard
bridge again, and emphatically, not to poke
us from behind? I understand that they‘re
one knot faster than King George V, who is
towing us, but it‘s really getting on my nerves.
I‘d like the captains of both ships to come to
an agreement. We need to get this international circus in order. Otherwise we won‘t survive the two weeks south. „
White House, September
President Truman was leaning against a
large desk, looking at photographs taken by
aerial reconnaissance. Around him were advi-
about last time?“
„They are flying for sure, we have clear photos
of them. We know they don‘t need an airport.
But we don‘t know what kind of propulsion
they use. Maybe it‘s a combination of propellers for vertical takeoff and jet propulsion
for forward flight. We‘re not sure yet. They‘re
probably the same objects we‘ve seen over
Europe. Foo Fighters. „
„They have several types of missiles, bigger
than the V2. We‘ve even recorded flights above stratospheric level. Von Braun is successfully continuing development.“
„Why do we still know so little?“
„Images are difficult to obtain. They‘ve got
new anti-aircraft missiles, they‘ve shot down
a few of our reconnaissance RB-29s, and the
area is huge. We‘re looking for a needle in a
haystack. They seem to be mainly close to the
coast in New Swabia, because of logistics.“
Nimitz placed the folders on the table, opened them, and spread out the other slides.
„We got this from our colleagues in the Air
Force, probably something like a production
hall or hangar. It‘s huge and well camouf-
Aircraft carrier HMS Habbakuk, south of Newfoundland, September
The executive officer felt that he was about to
break something in anger. „Clostermann really pisses me off. I think we‘ll drop him back
in Brazil. Try explaining to him again that he‘s
not a Wing Commander, and he‘d better write that book of his on his time off. So what‘s
next for you, John.“
„The Canadians are arguing with the Dutch.
One wants to play hockey on board, the other
is pushing for ice-skating competitions and
has been discussing it for a long time. The
Canadians hit the head of the commander
of the American volunteers with the puck.
He‘s in the infirmary, raving and talking about
some Pittsburgh Penguins...“
„They‘re going to see a lot of penguins soon.
Okay, anything else?“
„Finns protest that they have too small daily
doses of coffee and want a sauna. The Norwegian mechanics have started building several igloos on board.“
„Yes sir, they say to make the road to the
equator more, please wait, to say it right...
To make the road more hygge. They promised to dismantle them again before combat
„Any normal news?“
„The New Zealand squadron with Tempests
has finished painting the planes to the naval
scheme, they are asking permission to paint
rabbit skulls on the machines. They have the
Czech Ensign Kleinkönnig with them, they
seem to like him, they say it‘s in his honour.
In his spare time he makes carrot spirit for
them. He smuggled a lot of carrots and a distillation column on board. He says they can
distill anything in his country.“
„OK, that‘s actually the first normal request
I‘ve heard today, even though it sounds goofy. Let them paint it. But they have to save the
white paint. We don‘t know what it will look
like over Antarctica, we may have to paint the
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King, with President Franklin D Roosevelt,
and Winston Churchill during the Quebec Conference, 18 August 1943. It included a
demonstration of the pykrete‘s resistance to gunfire as part of a presentation of the
HMS Habbakuk project. Churchill was enthusiastic about the project.
sers, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary
of State, the Commander of the Air Force, General Spaatz, and Admiral Nimitz.
Spaatz put on the table another picture of
the landscape showing ice and snow.
„Mr President, we have not yet reliably identified this object, but it is very large. My colleagues have some estimates of what it might
„Is it possible that it flies?“
„We‘ve found a few of them, they look like
airships, but they‘re much longer. We don‘t
know exactly yet.“
„What about those disks you were talking
laged from above. Look here, there‘s an ice
sheet leading to it. We think they‘re transporting supplies by submarine under the ice.
This area is important. It‘s somehow connected to the giant objects. „
„Do you at least have a theory as to what
these objects are for?“
Nimitz and Spaatz looked at General Leslie
Groves of the Manhattan Project.
„Mr President, I have consulted, confidentially
of course, with the people from our project.
Also with Mr. Einstein. And it‘s possible that...
I mean, they believe these are spacecraft.
While the war was going on, they managed
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