Memorandum – Classified – Foreign Ministry

To: The Italian and French Field Staffs

Subject: Guidelines for Surveillance of Lev Fleet Personnel

In response to our recent successful operations in Austrio-Hungary and the Far East, the following guidelines have been issued for all field operatives assigned to leviathan coaling and port facilities. These guidelines are designed to help all operatives gather intelligence in an efficient and effective manner. This memorandum is considered classified material and should be handled as such.

Information Sought:

The increase in leviathan hulls laid down in the last four years has brought a surge in both the Italian and French air services. As such, we strongly desire information regarding squadron assignments of new ships or rotational assignments of existing fleet elements.

Of critical importance is determining flag-officer assignments, specifically which squadron and vessel they are posted to. Tracking of key officers is a strong indication of potential enemy intentions.

We also seek information on ship configurations. Both the French and Italian forces are known to have distinct variants even within a class of ship, most particularly the French. As such, specific engineering details or measurements on armaments, armour belts and other characteristics are desired.

While most dock and port facilities are secured and often patrolled by local authorities who are clued in to our operations, it is possible to secure rooms in boarding houses or above bars near the ports that offer a view of the port. Activities that can be thus monitored include the loading of ammunition (along with type), the loading of supplies, and the boarding of ground troops for transportation. Transcription of numbers on ammunition packing crates can yield a wealth of information, including the production facility of origin, production capabilities, etc. Such information is often time-sensitive in nature and should be forwarded if activities are outside the norm, which would indicate military activity.

Fleet coaling schedules are of interest since such information provides us with details as to the range of their ships and efficiency of their engines.

Foreign officers can often be persuaded to reveal patrol routes and counterintelligence information on our own fleet. Any such information gleaned is to be considered of primary interest since it provides us an opportunity to plant misinformation and determine the scope of enemy agent activities.

Methods for Obtaining Information:

While the use of excessive force is permitted in extreme circumstances, it is highly recommended that such action be avoided since it exposes valuable field office resources and invites retribution. A measure of subtlety is considered the best course. While brute force is allowed when absolutely necessary, it is our official policy to use subterfuge and guile to obtain information.

Port facility bars and brothels should be considered high priority targets for our field service operations. The ample use of liquor and appropriate conversation more often provide quality information than fisticuffs. Funding has been provided to both the Italian and French service offices to fund or outright purchase bar and bordello facilities near key leviathan facilities expressly for the purpose of gathering intelligence. These funds are available through local banking accounts, long established to ensure they cannot be traced to our government.

Bars and brothels secretly owned by the Foreign Service should be run as much as practical by indigenous personnel with only a handful of carefully planted field operatives. This allows these businesses to stand up to greater scrutiny should enemy counterintelligence operations be launched. To any sailor, these facilities should appear to be exactly as advertised.

Brothel employees are the best possible sources of information from their clientele. Not only can such ladies of the evening persuade their customers to share vital information, they also have unrestricted access to their personal effects and papers, all of which may have intelligence and military value. In selecting such personnel, key attributes are their loyalty to king and country and a willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for the empire.

Port restaurants and lodging establishments are also useful for obtaining information. For example, in Japan a hotel register was altered by one of our operatives to include columns for tracking their guests’ vessel and date of shipping out–in an effort to ensure that mail or messages would be properly forwarded. Officers normally cautious with such information seem willing to share it in such a manner, and it has proved to be most useful in tracking squadron movements and departures.

Even churches in port facilities can be infiltrated if it is done with discretion and tact. An operative in our Hungarian offices posed as a priest for six months in one church and the confessions he secured allowed safe interrogation of important details. Such creativity on the part of our foreign-service operatives is highly encouraged.

The employment of pickpockets and burglars in port cities is important as well. Securing an officer’s wallet can reveal letters written home with details about upcoming operations, as well as provide details as to the posting of the officer, such as orders and passes. The selection of personnel to pursue these types of activities on our behalf should be carried out with discretion, as such men are often less than scrupulous in their morals and subject to corruption by the enemy.

Summary:

Your duty to king and country comes first. While many may feel that pursuing such measures to obtain information are unsavory, it is important to note that this work is undertaken to save the lives of our brave men. The information you obtain is to protect your own families and loved ones.

Thank you for your service. May God Save the King.

Sir Anthony Dale Sherwood
His Majesty’s Foreign Service

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