Catalogue description Kurt WIELAND, alias Heinz HECHT, Frederick BAKSEN, ABU YASSIM: German. WIELAND was...

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Reference: KV 2/401

Kurt WIELAND, alias Heinz HECHT, Frederick BAKSEN, ABU YASSIM: German. WIELAND was leader of a 5-man German-Arab Unit, parachuted into Palestine in September 1944 and captured shortly after. The object of the 'Commando', jointly operated by German Intelligence and their protege, the Berlin-based Mufti of Jerusalem, was, through contact with local Palestinians and the supply of cash and arms, to organise local resistance activity, including sabotage. This was to be directed against Jewish rather than British targets. Following their capture, WIELAND and others were interrogated at length. Interrogation reports and other papers provide a vivid account of the circumstances in which this operation, codenamed ATLAS, was planned and launched. It proved to be an extraordinary chapter of accidents and mismanagement

Date: 1944 Dec 01-1945 Jan 05
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 600528 VOL 2
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Open on Transfer
Record opening date: 11 May 2001

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