Spymaster is a game inspired by real WW2 history and over the past months we have collected a lot of references. I thought I would share some of the books we've read so far. Even though the game won't copy history as such, they've been a great source of ideas.
As you can see the Special Operations Executive is well represented, mostly because they did a LOT of cool undercover stuff that is well documented. As a related fun fact you may remember my earlier post about the Star Wars & Lord of the Rings movie star Christopher Lee.
On the intel gathering side V.E. Tarrant's "The Red Orchestra" tells the fascinating tale of the most powerful Allied espionage network inside Germany and occupied Europe. They had German resistance agents even in the OKW, i.e. the Headquarters of the German military and there they amazingly used the military's own infrastructure - enigma machines and the transmission center - to send secret war plans to Switzerland!
But why did the Gestapo call it an "orchestra"? I actually have no idea but they must have really liked the metaphor because they called the undercover radio operator "pianists", their radios "pianos" and their spymasters as "conductors".
Have a great weekend! :D