Fancy a U-boat ride to New York?
So far this blog has been heavily focused on Allied covert operations in occupied Europe but the Germans actually launched their own operation against the continental US in 1942. This involved intensive training of eight German men who had previously lived in the US, a long ride on U-202 and finally landing on a beach some 115 miles east of New York City. Their mission was to sabotage economic targets such as the hydroelectric plants at Niagara Falls.
The team of eight waded to the beach wearing Kriegsmarine uniforms so that if they were captured they would be treated as prisoners of war instead of spies. (In the same spirit the saboteurs who later arrived on U-584 were wearing a fashionable combination of bathing suits and Kriegsmarine hats!) After the landing, they changed to civilian clothing and buried the uniforms along with their explosives and caught the 6:57 Long Island Rail Road service to New York City where they checked in a hotel. Money was no obstacle as they had brought along $175,000 - the equivalent of over 2 million modern dollars!
However, two of the agents were in reality disillusioned with Hitler's totalitarian regimen, and they were plotting to reveal the mission to the FBI. This proved harder than expected because when one of the conspirators called the FBI they actually ignored him as a crackpot! He could do little else than hang up. I mean, what does a spy have to do to get some attention?! Four days later he took a train to Washington DC and actually walked into the FBI office where he still found it very hard to convince the agents! Finally when he dumped his whole sabotage budget of $84,000 on the table, they did believe him and the whole team of saboteurs was soon rounded up.
While Spymaster's events take mainly place in the occupied Europe, we'll be sure to draw inspiration for missions and events from stories like this. The US wasn't as far away from the front lines as you might thing - especially in covert actions. There's plenty of room for Axis operations and secret weapons aimed directly at the US, and of course you'll get to recruit American spies for your secret war in Europe.