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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_raid_ ... ine_(1944)
This I find difficult to believe:
No German suspicions were aroused about Allied code breaking, because a reconnaissance aircraft had been seen before the raid.
Was PzGruppe west HQ so conspicuous that they really believed it could have been spotted, let alone properly identified, from the air?
Wouldn't the scale of the attack have raised a few eyebrows? I understand the Germans lived under the constant threat from the air, but this wasn't a causal strafing from a flight of Spitfires.
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If I'm not mistaken it was felt that the vehicles and radio equipment could have been spotted. I've a report on the attack somewhere that mentions this and some 'lessons learnt'. I'm going from memory here since I've not been able to locate it just yet.
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Would it be possible to locate this HQ by Radio Direction Finding?
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Sorry that this is a bit late.
In the book 2nd Tactical Air Force Volume 1, it is stated that "As a cover it was 'leaked' afterwards that the attack was based on information passed by the French Resistance and confirmed by aerial reconnaissance."