Strictly classified operation "Zeppelin" was prepared with traditional German thoroughness. In one intelligence school they found a suitable candidate for the execution of this action. It was a certain Politov, who in May 1942, being captured, did not hide either his position - he served as company commander - nor his knowledge about the secrets of the Red Army. In exchange for his talkativeness, he hoped to get the position of burgomaster. But he was sent to the intelligence school to learn from a secret agent. Here they also picked up a life friend by the name of Shilov, and by position - a radio operator cipher operator.
A group of engineers made special equipment, which included, in particular, the Panzernakke, a short-nozzle with a 60 caliber of millimeters, which had cumulative projectiles capable of penetrating even 45 mm-armor.
The Panzerknak was fastened with straps on the right hand and was equipped with a push-button trigger.
It was assumed that the agent, equipped with all the necessary documents, would go to Moscow, track down how the Kremlin would make his next trip to Stalin's Packard cottage, and smash it to smithereens, along with everyone inside.
For the delivery of the terrorist and his companion to Moscow, a Soviet-made 72 M motorcycle was prepared. Together with the “Tavrin spouses,” as they were listed according to the documents, he was supposed to deliver a specially converted Arado 232 aircraft equipped with a 20 wheeled chassis for take-off and landing on unprepared platforms to the Moscow region.
Arado Ag-232 transport aircraft
In order for smaller saboteurs to cling to all sorts of patrols, Tavrina Politova was decided to marry a hero who was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and was awarded five orders and two medals. For things of certainty, even false numbers of Pravda and Izvestia were prepared, where in the list of awardees, among others, was the captain first, and then Major Tavrin. They also made him a certificate of an employee of the front counterintelligence officer Smersh ...
In a word, they seemed to foresee everything. However, the operation did fail. Why?
At first, the alarm was filed by underground workers from occupied Riga. Say, in the studio received a strange order. It was urgently necessary to sew a leather coat in the Russian style, but with wide sleeves and extensive internal pockets.
Then a strange plane appeared at the airfield near Riga. It became obvious that something was being prepared ... But what exactly? The underground workers could not figure it out until the end - one night the plane took off and headed for Moscow.
However, the information received was enough to strengthen the air patrols of the approaches to the capital, to bring anti-aircraft batteries on high alert. On one of these batteries "Arado" and ran ...
I had to take a forced ride ... The pilots helped to roll out the motorcycle and set off back to the front. And the terrorists drove towards Moscow. And soon a patrol caught sight of him, the eldest of whom was surprised at this discrepancy: judging by the documents, the motorcycle should travel about two hundred kilometers in a pouring rain, and its passengers are almost dry ...
Such here came out история.