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By the summer, Operation Source, as the plan was called, was taking shape. The intention was to use six X-Craft towed to the target area by two ‘T’ and four ‘S’ Class submarines, plus two as back up from the Home Flotillas. 85 In April, 24 officers and 18 naval ratings were assembled for the operation, under the command of Captain W. E. Banks, and they underwent rigorous training throughout the summer. 86 Provision of intelligence was something of a problem. The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) as yet had no one in the Altenfjord area.

They chose Leif Larsen as captain of the four-man Norwegian crew57 They would be joined by six British sailors commanded by Sub-Lieutenant Jack Brewster, two two-man Chariot crews and two dressers. The Arthur would carry the two Chariots on deck across the North Sea. When the Norwegian coast was reached the Chariots would be lowered overboard and towed through the German controls on Trondheimfjord. Then in darkness, mid-fjord, the ‘Chariot’ crews would board their midget submarines and proceed to the target alone.

SOE’, he noted, ‘is, in fact, at present working on the construction of a one-man sub to be propelled like a bicycle by pedalling’. The submarine would make its way under the boom and attach an explosive charge to the battleship. 38 This was certainly fantastic, and Frodesley, as the operation was code-named, did not proceed much farther, but it contained within it the germ of two further operations, one of which was the most daring and significant of the attacks against the Tirpitz. The Problem of the German Fleet and Norway 21 The peak of the Arctic Convoy battles Meanwhile, the Arctic Convoy battles were reaching their peak of intensity.

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