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The SWASTIKA Secret

A place for Sladists to share their thoughts on Michael Slade and his work...

Postby Slade » Thu Jul 21, 2005 4:14 am

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Postby Slade » Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:07 am

Armchair Admirals,

On two occasions my dad flew missions to St. Nazaire. Neither seems that eventful:

1942. February 15. Ops. to St. Nazaire. Pilot’s escape hatch flew open – unable to close. Returned to base.

1942. May 22. Ops to St. Nazaire. Quiet time - Tgt. unidentified. Bombs in sea.

A little Internet checking turned up the fact that St. Nazaire was a major base for submarine pens, so those missions - like the surface ships - would have been tied to the Battle of the Atlantic.

Winston Churchill claimed that the ‘U-boat peril’ was the only thing that ever really frightened him during World War Two. Why? Because the lifeline from North America was what kept Britain afloat and the damage done by warships like the four above and U-boats was extensive:

1941: 1328 ships sunk (432 by submarine)
1942: 1661 ships sunk (1159 by submarine)

Here's a point of interest:

On October 27, 1941, U-96 departed St. Nazaire on its 7th patrol, the real-life source for DAS BOOT, in my opinion the best submarine film ever made:

http://uboat.net/flotillas/bases/saint_nazaire.htm

http://history.acusd.edu/gen/filmnotes/dasboot.html

Here's the general setup:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/wwtwo/ ... c_01.shtml

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Postby Slade » Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:33 pm

Sladists,

As we near publication, the SWASTIKA secret comes into sharper focus.

You'll find more clues in Eric's update:

http://www.specialx.net/

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Postby raasnio » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:15 am

I'm hooked. It's going to feel like forever before I get my hands on Swastika.

Great premise. 8-)
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Postby Slade » Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:19 am

Sladists,

So let's have three cheers for Eric the Webmaster. Go here, scroll down, click on "Reviews" and the captions under the pictures, and you'll see why:

http://www.specialx.net/

So what do you think?

I think my dad, the artist, would be pleased indeed.

Thanks, Eric!

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Postby steelclaw32 » Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:35 am

:D :D :D :D :D 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) :lol: :lol: :lol:

Hearty well done Eric old man exceptional job done there fair play to you :mrgreen: :idea:
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Postby MarylandManson » Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:02 am

The new material is very cool! I love the logbook pages. This is why it's fun to be a Sladist. How many authors would share this kind of material with their readers? Thanks, Slade, and thanks, Eric for a great job!

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Postby raasnio » Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:14 pm

Very nice. 8-)
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Postby krista in ma » Mon Sep 12, 2005 10:26 pm

Eric - thank you for putting those up on the sight! excellent job as always.

Slade - thank you for allowing us a further glimpse into who your father was and what he did.
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Postby steelclaw32 » Tue Sep 13, 2005 11:16 am

Thanks for the break Jay, as with all, well MOSTLY good jigsawpuzzles Damned MIND thinking puzzlers,
the answer is staring you in the face "hiding in PLAIN sight" if you will; looking at the pictures closely and trying to read the logs of your Dad, SOMETHING of what you said earlier, I thought and I don't know but I've cracked it, but there's IS THAT something screaming at me, but since my second stroke it's...... The main reason why I was given early retirement from being CEO of my last place of work, They thought I'd LOST my"gift" as they called it, I called it however a 'curse', which at first I missed.. my late wife had a love-hate relationship with it;


what I'm trying to say, though I said earlier I'd solved it... I'm afraid I have.

You see Jay you've 'lied' :shock: :shock: :shock:

and told half-truths like a true Agatha Christy fan...and your S T I LL at it, good boy :D :D !!

And the God awful TRUTH...Well Sladists it will knock your socks off, a true breath taker.

Yes Jay I think THIS is YOUR BEST WORK YET..It will be damned hard to top it.............. but you will, sort of.

I can not tell fellow Sladists the run of play, well Jay would have to kill me, and second she who'll be nameless definitely would, and lastly something tells me
that it do isn't END with the book read the one after it C L O S E L Y really if you missed it in the one coming, Jay'll answer in the next, in either up front or...

I'll be reading SWASTIKA to see WHAT I got wrong, and right, though HOW I came to my conclusions, WHO WHAT WHEN ...WHERE may be, if not be ALL that different, ask any detective he/she'll tell you everyone comes from different angles, unknown to either, all hold the answer somewhere in their convoluted :idea: that lights in their heads!!!.

I think this is the second time I've solved it, "Death In The Clouds" being the first.

I think too my former employers would be slightly embarrassed they made a cock up...not the first time !.

Sladeists THIS forth coming book is really something else, and truly it is NOTHING like A N Y SPECAIL X you've E V E R read. As they say back home it's a STONKER, in American that's a WOWZER 2 thumbs up!!!
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Postby Slade » Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:38 pm

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Postby Slade » Fri May 19, 2006 11:12 pm

Sladists,

It's a start...with others who should go:

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/ ... index.html

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Postby MarylandManson » Sat May 20, 2006 12:03 am

Slade,

After general conversation and informal polling of opinions, all triggered by SWASTIKA and the Paperclip whitewash, I theorize that folks answer the central question raised here largely along political lines. In other words--and I can't stress enough the qualifiers of generality and informal polling--conservative types tend to not see a problem with the U.S. government having "used" Nazis when needed to gain and maintain geopolitical advantage. And liberal types tend to springboard from Wernher von Braun et al. toward ousting the conservatives who are "pretty much all fascists anyway."

The most compelling point was raised by a military gentleman who suggested that it was smart of the Green Berets to use ex-Einsatzgruppen in Vietnam because if you don't use 'em, the other guy will--and what's the difference between using the most effective equipment and the most skilled combatants? Which point also applies to the German rocket scientists in the broader arena of international brinkmanship (aka the Space Race).

The one counterpoint I offered that no one has yet rebutted is that opportunistic "loyalty" can turn against you at the drop of a hat. Character deficiencies don't always trump highly developed skills, but they always can.

Cheers! MM
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