He used two pigeons to send his copies that afternoon:
NURP 40TW 194
NURP 37 OK 7
one died, one survived.Always “double redundancy”. Two observers, one in the east [Stott] one in the west [unknown]; they would have beenconnected by two dogs running notes between them. [That is how Stott knew the Brits and the Yanks connected.]
This seems to be the man who sent the message.........
STOTT, WILLIAM Rank: Fusilier Service No:3454758 Date of Death:08/07/1944Age:27 Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Bn. Grave Reference: II. C. 3.Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERYAdditional Information: Son of James and Jane Stott, of Hooley Bridge, Heywood, Lancashire
If so, then his message of June 27th was sent only a few weeks before he died.
A fuller explanation of the [tentative] coding is below.
Using the WW-1 formula, the first code is
the identification of the Artillery Observer...in this particular case Stott uses AOAKN, or Artillery Observer At “K” [Sector] Normandy, which, in this instance is a portion of theNormandy coastal beach that is a “subdivision” of the entire landing area known as “Gold Beach” under GeneralSir Miles Dempsey.
is always identifying which report this is. In this case, this is the mid-afternoon report that was due at3:30...Stott was a tad early....at 3:26.
is always identifying the most important happenings since his noon report....in this case Stott is tellingthe UK that there is Panzer Attacking (or Assaulting) [in] "Blitz" [formation]
"Panzers" usually referred tothe "Tiger Tank"; the Germans had some older stuff that they used, but, all got blanketed with the word "Panzer".
The next code
is telling the UK, that additional German field guns are now loading to bolster the tank attack.
is telling the UK, that the second Artillery Observer dropped that day to the west, likely in "Sector S" iswatching this "Panzer" attack. A dog would have shuttled the notes between the two British soldiers.
is telling the UK, that their Lt. knows where these additional guns are. Probably sent by another dog intothe British lines being attacked
is telling the UK he knows where the Germans are dispatching their orders from [probably a farm hous
is telling the UK he knows now how many Panzers are in the area near where he is observing the battle.
is telling the UK he has determined where the German front line postings are. [probably meaningheavy 50-caliber machine guns]
are telling the UK where the Germans are deployed and he is satisfied that he is pretty certain of thatdeployment.
is telling the UK to compare this note to the ones he sent when he first dropped and his noon report.Thus, "Go Over Field Notes". Those earlier notes would have given the various locations. This mid-afternoonnote is telling the UK he is now certain of those earlier location identifications. Except for the "blitzing" Panzers,nothing has seriously changed.
is warning that the counter-measures [probably anti-tank rockets or howitzer shells] not stopping or slowing the Panzer attack.
[Not surprising given the tenaciousness of the Lehr Division]Code
seems to be warning that there are also mortars in the way....they were probably hidden and now that theattack by the tanks is underway, they have suddenly appeared and are probably scaring Stott.
is confirming that the Germans' field headquarters is also near him, or, he has recognized that all of thebattery and infantry headquarters is also the Central Battery [field howitzers]
is right out of the WW-1 coding formula. Stott is confirming that the "notes" Artillery Acronyms are his,and, not a German, nor is he being forced by the Germans to write that coding
is telling the UK that the British Army's right wing outer units are now in direct contact with the outer unitsof an American Infantry Unit [not identified} in the far west.This code would have come by dog from the Western Artillery Observer.
Stott is probably telling UK that they are attacking Panzers seperated from the main body of tanks ?
That British shelling has hit the Germans right or [reserve] battery here [near him].
Stott is telling the UK that he already knows electrical engineers [head] quarters is. The significance of this coding is to wipe out the electrical supply to the German telegraph system.
Stott is telling UK that all the German Troops, Panzers, Batteries, Engineers, are here near where he iswatching and not to go looking somewhere else.
is also straight out of the WW-1 code book, telling UK headquarters that this is what has beenhappening until 330 pm or 326pm
We can now confirm whom, Sjt. Stott, was doing the observing for and to confirm the accuracy of our