The NecroMech Dossier Core Manual April 2018 - Page 217

with Karl Schmitt as one of the key engineers; not only being designed as a submarine base of operations it is also intended to house a number of new experimental seaplanes. It is in the context of this new aircraft design that Karl is transferred late in 1943 to a new Erprobungskommando 170, part of the Luftwaffe “Instruction Division” (Lehrdivision) dedicated to the testing of new aircraft and captured allied machines, securing him a posting at the Army Research Center in Peenemünde; a remote area on the Baltic coast. After a few months there his commander notes in a project review that Karl is the embodiment of “whatever it takes”. Disbanded in March 1945 Karl ends up in Berlin. Frustrated that his project has not been taken to fruition he secretly selects a team he thinks could complete the work, hoping to present a case directly to Robert Ritter von Greim, the new Field Marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) and head of the Luftwaffe. He believes he could get an audience through the test pilot Hanna Reitsch, known well by Ritter, with whom he had a brief affair. As test pilot on the Messerschmitt Me 163 project she visited the engine tests at Peenemünde while Karl was working there on his project. Just ahead of Germany’s surrender Karl, with most of his team in tow, and with new contacts within ODESSA made, heads out from Berlin. First visiting Peenemünde to pick up some hidden schematics and components they cross the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia to Oulu in Finland, and then finally make the overland trek to the yet still undiscovered secret base that Karl helped build. Here Karl, his new team, and the remaining skeleton maintenance crew convert the base into a technology research center of operation with projects that ultimately target the reconnaissance of both the Wastes and the other side of the Ash Curtain as well as retrieval and transportation of Othersiders. Page 217