Weapons 17/02/20 Operation “the Fight”: how the Soviet intelligence stole the British secret guided missiles

the Work of the security services of the state is a powerful instrument for the protection of his interests and one of the foundations of his power. In international Affairs we should not trust anyone, not even formal allies. The results of Soviet operation “Battle” showed that the rogue may even be “brothers in arms”.

How and why it all started

In the postwar period, and besides, in conditions exacerbated by the Cold war, the Soviet leadership began to focus on intelligence activities to prevent the emergence of a new world aggressor. Listening to the negotiations, military and police surveillance – this was all going and to bring forth, but, however, hampered the work of the scouts, which was also conducted continuous surveillance.

Joint efforts, in the end, was coordinated and established, especially in the Italian direction: Roman residency began to work actively in scientific-technical sphere. The result of painstaking work was coming to the realization that Italy has a direct relationship to some powerful weapons of British manufacture. In early 1947 before the special services were tasked to test this hypothesis.

English is the danger

In the midst of the Second world war, when Albion was already bombarded by the German rocket “FAU-2”, English engineers engaged in the development of a shell type “earth-earth”, which has high accuracy of hitting the moving targets. As you know, the “V-2” led to enormous destruction, but had a very low precision: the launch 2000 missiles of this type in London led to the deaths of “only” 2700 people. The British decided to correct the “unfortunate misunderstanding” that is associated with the lack of precision in the construction of its “new”.

the Arms of the United Kingdom was able to createAMB electronic anti-aircraft projectile with a phenomenally high at the time, the hit ratio of a flying goal, with no less than “V-2”, destructiveness. Called it a miracle of the military equipment “Battle.” The Soviet side should have access to the necessary information in order to then pass it to the Center. Of course, many idea to seek Italy “British trail” seemed frivolous and utopian. However…

Mission accomplished

the Residency of the USSR in Rome came to the conclusion that the British could cooperate on missiles “Fight” with southern European government related to the unit “of the Axis”.

“Boy” were already in service with the British army, part of which, incidentally, was stationed, including in the Italian lands. And therefore there is good reason to assume that some number of units of high-precision anti-aircraft missiles could place anywhere on the Apennine Peninsula.

in addition, after the Italian coup of 1943 – loser fascist state began to actively attract Anglo-Saxon military-political bloc. It was unknown how far along in their interstate relations, but the possibility of intimate contact, including through the development of weapons, was not excluded and needed to be overhauled.

Finally, the arms trade was conducted not only on public but also on private channels, and to test transnational and transterritorial contacts also seem necessary.

the Arguments, suspicions, guesses and conclusions of Soviet experts in the end proved to be correct. Shells “Fight” really delivered to Italy with a view to their subsequent storage in the vicinity of Rome, and in quantities of several thousand units. Just had to plan how to carry out the withdrawal and transfer of necessary information and objects in the Center.

the development of the matter with the Colonel of the foreign intelligence service Nikolai Mikhailovich Gorshkov. To implement the asstion has attracted experienced agent “ray”, which in its relations to British and American trade of intermediary firms managed to find a store location “Battles.” Moreover, it became clear that not only the British, but the Italian army has sample data of electronic anti-aircraft missiles in its Arsenal.

the appearance of the missiles was not as impressive as its action. The “battle” was little more than a beer bottle, and did not differ from an ordinary artillery shell – without arms cartridges. Built-in missile electronic device blew up a shell on the optimal to hit a target distance.

Agent “ray” broke in need of administrative and engineering-technical environment that allowed him to buy back as samples “Fighting” and the necessary documentation to them. In September 1947, the residency reported to the Centre about the job and sent him the data.

In conclusion, the chief designer of KB recorded the following comment: “for the First time obtained a prototype of the rocket fully loaded. The study sample largely contributes to reducing the development time of the same sample and cost him.”

Is triggered by Soviet intelligence made it possible to prevent the strengthening of the Anglo-Saxon military influence in the former fascist States.

Ilya Pozhidaev

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