[PART 25]

LOWER-LONDON

Despite the possibility of a new war now thought to be looming over Europe we were not going to allow it to interfere with our work underground. By 1914 the underground work was going very well even though there had been accidents at all of the underground facilities, bad ones, which had taken scores of lives. Even with that Lower-London was a good example of the work completed so far. Thanks to the recent addition of several new tunneling machines work was well ahead of schedule. Much of the vast inner complex was already completed, which consisted of a vast underground office complex. The center of this new complex was directly below the rubble of the old Treasury building then being rebuilt. The central complex could now boast 2000 rooms used by various departments of the British government as well as various Committee Directorates (My new Lower-London 12’x14’ office included.

My ten person staff used an adjoining office). This core area was now protected from air attack by 25 feet of re-enforced concrete, which had been added to 100 feet of soil, rock and shock absorbing sand positioned to direct a vast amount of blast energy away from the central area, which overlays another 25 feet of reinforced concrete which itself is reinforced by interlocked steel bars, which serve as a strong domed roof and walls for the underground rooms. Later calculations would show even if the Martians had an atomic weapon, exploding one in the air directly over this location, it would not have destroyed it. Developments underground from our tabula rasa was going well. My thoughts went to Anubis, the Egyptian god of the underworld displayed with the head of a jackal and the body of a man. Anubis would have felt well at home.

From this underground Central Control Office area a number of tunnels, now miles long, (designed to have the appearance of a typical London street) link above ground government buildings being rebuilt in Westminster as well as the new telephone exchange and newly built telephone network. All of the below ground offices are linked by an internal telephone system which can be linked to the outside. In addition, they had already completed an emergency escape line, which now runs from the central underground office area to L-Caring Cross to a main-line railway station and on to a rail line to the aboveground countryside. Movement along this line is designed to be only one way – out of the facility. Historical signs could now be seen in the rail and street tunnels reminding Londoners that London’s original underground railway had opened in 1863. It was a way of reminding the residents that they had been going underground for a good many years before the First Martian War. By this time we estimated some 30% of the city’s original large sewers had been cut off from that function and had been converted into underground streets of various sizes. It had taken more than a decade to complete that difficult work, but it had been done very successfully.

Designers and construction teams were also working on buildings referred to as “Double Paris Designs”. One may picture in one’s mind a five story building in Upper-London. Below the first (ground) floor was a fully reinforced concrete structure as deep as 15 feet that divides the upper building from the lower building. Ten more floors below surface level were built with the lowest floor opening into an L-street in Lower-London. These were almost identical to the Paris design except much stronger due to the separation structure built into the separation ‘floor.’ With this method government buildings and newly authorized private companies could have the advantages of a building in London and a readymade secondary structure in the underground city already in operation. Most used the lower levels for critical work and record’s storage. It was not long before the “Double Paris Designs” were being built in New York City, Sydney as well as Seoul, Korea and many other cities. By now the new cities, both above and below ground were becoming more populated than at the turn of the last century, much of the increase by people moving away from the more rural areas.

Designers had also recently added a few new features, which had been incorporated as work progressed. Even though the major L-streets conformed to the same pathways as the familiar above ground streets, the buildings (that were not of the Double Paris design) did not. Engineers had worried the destruction of any large above ground structure may in fact collapse upon the underground structure thus destroying both and defeating the purpose of the underground work. It was therefore decided most underground facilities which branched off of the L-streets would be build in areas corresponding to open areas above ground such as parks, open fields, parking lots and the such. Later, when more study was conducted and the strength of the underground facilities were re-evaluated it was found there would be no problem building under a surface building providing the surface structure was no taller than five stories and was itself re-enforced. In effect the above ground structure would sit on shock-absorbing sand and a re-enforced concrete base, itself becoming part of the cover for the below ground facility. In fact, any above ground structure destroyed would cover the area with reinforced debris making it that much more difficult to attack the underground facility directly below it. In fact, by destroying above ground structures it would effectively increase the protection and strength of the underground city by dispersing any energy weapon deployed against it! This of course was no great comfort to those who lived in above ground cities. In The Wind in the Willow published in 1908 Mr. Mole reports, “Once well underground you know exactly where you are. Nothing can happen to you and nothing can get at you.”

It was also decided that many more entrances would need to be added to the underground cities many through government buildings, which would allow fast entrance into (or exit from) the Lower-London area. (This innovation was also put into practice in Lower-New York City and Lower-Sydney.) In the event of war these added entrances would be sealed off from the inside by massive steel doors which could be opened only from inside. Naturally every entrance was heavily guarded and marked with an “L”.

Under the newly rebuilt Waterloo Station, which is one of the primary entranceways to this portion of the underground complex, two tunnels (L-streets) lead to L-Trafalgar Square and on to Faraday House in the ‘City’. Work continues on the line being built from L-Shoreditch east to L-Shepherds Bush consisting of a 16 foot diameter tunnel. A narrow gauge railway was being laid at this time along with power cables, lights and a red brick sidewalk on one side. Later plans showed this area was to be cut at right angles into the sides of the L-street for a string of offices and shops as well as sleeping quarters, which will empty out into the underground sidewalk. This is the new area where documents, artwork, gold and silver deposits as well as storage for foods and medical supplies will be kept (designated ‘Gold’ Vault for Mankind). There was also a plan to include two underground restaurants and a theater next to a small fish-and-chips shop already open!

As I walked along the newly cobble stoned L-streets I could not help comparing them to the streets of Old London that had been so familiar to many of us only a few years ago. Even though it was a bit dark and they did at the time have a bit of an echo to them they were not completely unfamiliar. It was when I saw one of the newly installed bright red postboxes I knew I was home. I remembered in a flash the one I had seen in a devastated London at the end of the war. “…there it was standing defiantly with its proud colors literally the only non-gray/black.” I wondered if I would ever see that postbox again.

Due to the need for steady work, 24 hours a day, sleeping quarters were being furnished with old furniture brought in from New London (people seemed most at home bringing in old furniture because they were most comfortable with old things) and a very popular pub had recently opened for business at 221 L-Baker Street. Naturally the establishment named The Pipe and Glass had a Sherlock Holmes ‘feel’ to the place, and could boast standing room only during most times of the ‘day’. It would eventually become famous due to the fact there was never a lock on the door and it has stayed open continuously since work began underground as a place to eat before it became a pub. I am told their kidney pie is one not to be missed and the ‘Bangers and Mash’ are not too bad either. As for a good cup of coffee – well, I don’t go there.

My recommendation for that cup of good American style coffee would be the Spotted Dog on L-Wellington Street (still intact even after the war) just across the street from a small sleeping cut. One very interesting aspect of The Pipe and Glass is that since its “completion” the miners and workers who frequent the place continue to expand the opening completing three new “dinning tunnels” off the main pub floor. It is now the longest pub in Lower or Upper London at some 180 feet per “dinning tunnel.” Word at the pub is the fellows are ready to cut out a small hotel off of one of the new tunnels! And since this work was being done on their own time the men doing the work are now part owners of this ever expanding establishment. I also found it most refreshing that men and women could now feel free to dine out without the cumbersome Victorian stuffiness of a chaperon. “We” were becoming more “modern.”

Main bar at The Pipe and Glass
Main bar at The Pipe and Glass

There was one new underground feature which most pleased one of our more famous Committee members, one Albert Einstein, now ‘Herr Doktor’ and late of Old Berlin, having recently moved into his new Lower-London home and office. Two blocks away from his ‘digs’ was a new café opened a few months earlier. The new Café Bollwerk was a nearly identical underground copy of the old Café Bollwerk at which Dr. Einstein had spent many evening’s years earlier as he worked late into the night on his now famous theories. The original café had been destroyed during the First Martian War and it has been rumored, not unfounded I must say, the good ‘Doktor’ had ‘diverted’ some of his discretionary funds from the Committee in order to reproduce the café underground. (Lots of old photos are now up on the walls.) Needless to say, one may find Dr. Einstein there on many an evening enjoying the good German meals they serve. He was after all so very easy to spot in his old well worn sweater, old slippers invariably worn without socks, and always un-kept shock of hair. Never one to conform to other’s opinions of just how someone of his world-wide eminence should dress, he was the very picture of non-conformity. He was well aware that he had become a legendary figure in the field of physics, and science in general, but he was not one to relish his mythical stature. In fact, being a rather private individual who was not comfortable in large crowds, he generally tried to play it down, but in the end he simply accepted it as a fact of life. He was, for all the world to see at least in his own mind, the simple professor of physics who worked at his office just a bit down the road in Lower-London.

Part of the underground work recently completed had been the placement of hundreds of small water pumping stations, which could be used if any large amount of water accidentally made its way into the tunnels/L-streets. Certainly some water was expected to make its way to the underground facilities, but it had to be kept at a minimum. The water that did enter the underground would be filtered and ready to be used to grow crops and clean up. We were also well into a program of ‘hardening’ our city’s security plan. Keeping in mind the hybrid attack on the lab a few years earlier it had been decided to equip several locations with Tesla wired electrocution strips in roadways both above and below ground. These strips were to be activated in the event of war as an additional defensive measure.

Commercial and fine artists were also using their special talents to add color and flavor to the new L-streets. Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse had meet in Lower-Paris in 1906 at a small underground café to discuss the possibilities of doing artwork for some of the major underground cities. Workers and new residents could now walk down some of the newly completed L-streets and view the works of Claude Monet and his impressionist style as well as the cubist works of George Braque and Picasso as well as many others including Paul Cezanne (1829-1906) the “Father of Modern Art” and Matisse. (Cezanne’s works of course were only copies as he had died in 1906. There was however, one or two of his original paintings in our offices. Several would eventually make their way into the ‘Vaults’ program.) Artists as would be expected were not confined to the canvas as upcoming composer Igor Stravinsky’s works were soon being played to underground audiences along with other well known composers at least once a week. Planners were developing reasons for “above ground people” to venture underground at least for short visits and free concerts were one of the methods used to entice people to “come to L-town.” This would be the first year that Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus would bring their world famous show “The Greatest Show on Earth” to Lower-London. Seeing a full size elephant walking along an ‘L’ street was quite a sight and at times, as one may very well imagine, quite a mess. It would also be the last.

We were still dealing with the old problems of providing sanitation and adequate housing both above and below ground, checking and preventing diseases and epidemics as well as spending enough manpower to prevent crime, fight fires and bringing on line sufficient transportation. We had to also address the problem of transporting vital fuels to major population and military centers. With this in mind it was not long before we began to bury almost all oil and natural gas pipelines in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Other areas would eventually begin the work that included underground storage tanks capable of holding millions of gallons of fuel each. Natural caves proved to be of great value in this area. Producers were soon required to store ten-percent of all recovered oil and gas as part of their operating costs. This would not pose much of a problem as fully 65% of oil and gas producers were directly connected to the Committee.

Of course not everyone was happy at the work being done especially when it came to transportation. One observer writing to his local paper noted, “The motor-cars that went by northward and southward grew more and more powerful and efficient, whizzed faster and smelt worse, there appeared great clangorous petrol trolleys delivering coal and parcels in the place of vanishing horse-vans, motor-omnibuses ousted the horse-omnibuses, even the Kentish strawberries going London ward in the night took to machinery and clattered instead of creaking, and became affected in flavor by progress and petrol.” ‘Driving’ into the future did indeed seem to have its fallbacks in some people’s minds. Indeed, the 19th century had been such a simple time – with not a single Martian in sight!

TANGO IN SOMALILAND

“The Brotherhood is operating out of the Somaliland/SLZ. Send in a team and take them out.”

Assistant Director C to Commander Tango Forces

Not unexpectedly the Martian Brotherhood viewed the Somaliland Lawless Zone (SLZ) as an area of opportunity. With no real legal system in place and no Committee control in the territory which was under control by the most brutal group in the area. As expected the Brotherhood held human brutality in high regard. In some of these small yet tightly held areas they were in full control. If they had stayed in those small areas within the Lawless Zone it is doubtful the Committee would have expended any more resources on them, at least for the time being. That was a strategic error on our part. However, they did not stay local, as their goals were not local but planetary in nature. When the Brotherhood began to attack and take over oil and cargo ships off the coast of Somaliland it was once again time to do something about it. Tango got the first call.

Inter-Committee and national forces had spent a good deal of time and effort patrolling off the coast of Somaliland and the rest of the east African coast, not only to prevent the inhabitants from leaving but to attack and sink any number of Somaliland pirate ships that regularly hunt for unsuspecting victims off their coast. An earlier reconnaissance team had brought back some interesting information. “The Horn of Africa is still lawless with no real hope in sight for the locals as long as the hybrids of the Brotherhood are in command of the situation. It is a decidedly deadly region and one the Committee needs to address with force. The locals report that they did not know who ‘they’ were but to keep the terror focused on the thin local population the hybrids were dragging the bodies of several victims through the streets. It was a warning to all that they were in charge. For the most part Somaliland is not much more than swamp and desert populated by occasional fishermen, mango farmers and camel drivers. It does however hold within its desolate borders the oldest known Brotherhood camp on Earth. Somaliland Brotherhood agents have entered British controlled areas to kidnap western workers from the area. The Somaliland people have huge amounts of small arms ammunition and weapons, but very few artillery pieces. One Somali, reportedly a doctor, is said to have gone on a wireless device to call for help. ‘We need doctors. We need medicine. We need food. We need shelter. But for that we need peace.’’

The Prime Director would note, “We have a 580 man Committee combat force dedicated to tactical operations in the general area. Their focus is on developing operational plans to attack the SLZ and destroy Brotherhood operations. We need to continue to degrade the capabilities of the Somaliland Brotherhood. Therefore we are going to continue to attack Brotherhood forces and leadership wherever in the world we locate them. They are to have no safe haven for their attacks on humanity. We will deny them sanctuary wherever they are.”

Tango operatives would need to infiltrate these areas again to discover exactly how well defended these hybrid controlled camps were. Tango teams were soon on their way by fast cruiser to Arabia. From there they made their way to the Aden Protectorate where they entered two new submarines (U-boats) that had been placed at their disposal by the German Navy. It was then off to the coast of Somaliland and contact with some expert smugglers familiar with the coastline.

Four Tango teams landed on the coast and infiltrated into the Somaliland Lawless Zone and it was not long before they had hard information on where the Brotherhood had set up operations. Even in the Lawless Zone these Martian surrogates were not especially welcome so information gathering was relatively simple. Intelligence gathered indicated two primary camps had been established by the Brotherhood amongst the rubble, one 80 miles north of old Mogadishu where the pirates were operating out of and a second on the northeast coast in the destroyed port city of Bargal. The split locations meant Tango would have to hit both sites at the same time. The good news was there were only two fully operational Brotherhood camps in the Zone. We had expected a larger presence.

With this intelligence in hand the reconnaissance teams were extracted out of Somaliland from a pre-selected landing strip, not much more than a dirt road, but it was good enough to land the six ‘cargo’ aircraft and extract the Tango teams. This was the first time reconnaissance forces had been extracted from potentially hostile areas by aircraft. It would now become part of the training program for all Tango forces as they were writing the Tango operations handbook as they went. The next step was to over-fly the camps as high as they could and take photos of the areas that were expected to greatly aid in the preparation of a future attack. Once again this was a first in military operations.

For this part of the operation two modified Whitehead bombers had been stripped of their bomb racks allowing large-format cameras to be bolted into place. Flying out of Gorrahei, Ethiopia, the three-man teams over-flew both Brotherhood camps as well as the general areas around them taking some 53 photos on glass plates. When developed back at the base in Gorrahei they proved invaluable as intelligence gathering tools. After two days of study, plans were completed to raid and destroy both Martian Brotherhood camps. That included the capture if possible of the two Martian Walking Machines that had been spotted inside the Bargal Camp. We needed to know if any improvements had been made. If they could not be captured they were to be destroyed since the Committee already had a good many of these machines and two more would not have made much difference in our efforts to understand our enemies from Mars. Either way it would not be an easy job.

The camp north of old Mogadishu, which was not a large facility at all, would be assaulted by a new method of warfare. Tango would fly most of their forces in by newly developed military transport aircraft and land as close to the targets as possible. Part of this attack force would actually jump out of several aircraft and parachute into an area very near the camp. This would be the first ever so-called “airborne” attack in military history. (The use of what would be called “airborne forces” was first proposed by Winston Churchill and would be expanded during the Great Earth War.) Augmenting these primary assault forces would be four companies of infantry, two from the United States, one from Great Britain and one from Southern Africa. These forces were at the time steaming towards a rendezvous with Tango forces and the German submarines. Despite war looming in Europe we were still able to conduct combined Committee operations, at least for a while longer.

The second Tango assault force would conduct an envelopment operation whereas forces would be landed on the beaches south and north of Bargal, and from there assault the Brotherhood camp. This force would be supported off shore by no fewer than four battleships. They would be further supported by a reinforced United States Marines task force also steaming towards the area. By far this camp was the larger of the two and was the most heavily defended.

Six days later, at 01:00 hour’s local re-enforced Tango teams (Strike Force One, code name “Eagle”) took off and flew into a moonless sky towards the Somaliland Lawless Zone. As the “airborne” force neared its “crossing point” a one word radio message was sent to the landing forces standing by off-shore – “Moonwalk”. When the message was confirmed “Earthshine” the second Tango force (Strike Force Two, code name “Tiger”) along with the United States Marines headed for shore in their new “speed boats” to take the camp at Bargel. One hour later all landing forces at Bargal and the north Mogadishu zone were in place ready for the final movement into assault positions.

‘AIRBORNE’ TROOPS ATTACK THE BROTHERHOOD

The first group with “boots on the ground” was the “airborne” Tango forces of Strike Force One landing north and west of the enemy camp at north Mogadishu. Their first task was to secure the roads at these critical points that would allow the bulk of their forces to land the transport aircraft and deploy their men and equipment. The first aircraft landed at 01:51 a.m. and by 03:19 a.m. Tango forces and four infantry companies were moving south and east in battle formation expecting to be in pre-planned assault positions by 04:30 hours. Needless to say, they were. At this point special “psychological operations teams” began operating wireless equipment with broadcasts of music on frequencies known to be used by the hybrids. These music broadcasts effectively knocked out the wireless capabilities of the enemy which could not broadcast or receive any radio messages from other enemy hybrid forces. The hybrids were thus effectively cut-off from any information about other raids in the Lawless Zone. This was the first time this “radio tactic” had been attempted and it had worked very well.

At 04:30 the four battleships supporting Strike Force Two began to pound pre-selected positions in and around the Brotherhood camp at Bargal. At exactly 04:55 they ended their barrage and five minutes later Tango forces supported by United States Marines “hit the beaches” at five points designated Red, Green, Blue, Orange, and Purple and began to move inland to “dance with the hybrids.”

Almost immediately the Marines on Green and Blue beaches came under intensive machinegun and light mortar fire. Nevertheless, the Marines pushed forward putting direct and indirect fires onto several enemy positions. At the same time Tango members began calling in fire coordinates to the battleships that pored round after round on the Brotherhood positions. It did not take long for the hybrids to give up the fight.

On Red, Orange and Purple beaches no resistance was forthcoming until the teams came within 200 yards of the destroyed port. At that point the hybrids opened up with machine guns and Heat-Rays from two Martian Walking Machines. Spotting the walking machines (which were not moving as they fired) even before they began firing on the ground forces no fewer than three battleships began firing volley after volley of fire directly on the walker’s positions for no less than fifteen minutes effectively keeping their deadly Heat-Rays from hitting any targets. First one, than a second Martian machine was hit. When the smoke cleared both machines looked as if they had been hit by no fewer than ten rounds each. Massing fires had done the job – this time! It was not lost on anyone this was the first time since 1901 that Earth forces had matched fires with Martian Walking Machines and Martians and we had defeated them. It was, I must say, a damn good feeling.

Tango then moved forward to clear the area and came into contact with their first great surprise. The Martian Walkers had been ‘manned’ by Martians not hybrids! Inside, the men found two dead Martian As both wearing full protective suites with canisters of air for breathing. They seemed to be preparing to defend the area from an attack just like the one we had designed and were implementing. The team seemed to have gotten to them before they were fully prepared to move.

This was not good news for our attacking forces. For some reason they had known that we were on the way. They had enough time to send in two Martian As to help defend these Brotherhood outposts. Nevertheless, it appeared even though the Martians had time to set up and possibly repair the walkers for Heat-Ray operation, they had been unable to repair their machines to full operational capability. They could not move even when operated by the Martians.

As the second team was occupying the port facilities the first team had moved into assault position around the northern camp. With Tango in the lead infantry companies assaulted the camp from the north, east and south. On the western side two infantry companies waited in covered blocking positions expecting Brotherhood forces to retreat towards their positions. As mortar fire poured unto the Brotherhood positions machine gunners added their fire into the camp from overview positions on the three attacking sides. It would be a short fight. As the mortar and machinegun fire lifted the Committee forces charged the camp. After a brief but very intensive fire-fight the Brotherhood forces began to retreat out of the camp. As they did Committee forces with the assault groups shifted their mortar fires just south-west of the camp at which time the two blocking infantry companies opened up with every weapon they had. Ten minutes later resistance ended and the northern Brotherhood camp was completely under control.

Tango radioed a message that enemy forces had suffered 281 killed and 42 wounded. Tango and infantry forces had suffered 21 dead with an additional 34 wounded in the attack on the northern base. At the port battle we had lost 38 dead with 84 wounded. The enemy had suffered 416 dead with 22 wounded including the two dead Martian As. The operations’ commander then ordered the ten Brotherhood members most able to walk from each area taken prisoner and transported to ‘hotels’. The information they supplied was of real value. All other surviving Brotherhood members were executed on the spot! Tango operations ended at that point and our forces pulled out of the areas and headed home. We had taken the fight directly to Brotherhood controlled areas and had been completely successful even though we had faced only two Martian machines and two Martian As.

Editor’s Note: Mars Prime put into their plans operations to land strong forces in all three Earth Lawless Zones.

At around this time the government of Japan announced the deployment of the Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane carrier Wakamiya into Pacific Ocean for duty off of Japan. On board were four new Maurice Farman seaplanes. At the same time the British government announced the deployment of the seaplane tender HMS Engadine for duty in the north Atlantic it was only the beginning. Both of these experimental “carriers” were primitive, but it was understood they were to be used as experimental training ships that were expected to give us valuable experience that would help us design and build the next generation of true so-called “aircraft carriers”.

NEWS FROM THE EGYPTIAN TEAM

(The Mummy Squad)

During the first four years the 42-man Egyptian team spent on the Giza Plateau they had removed thousands of tons of windblown sand employing some 15,000 local Egyptian workers, surveyed all aspects of the site, and by 1914 had drawn up a series of archeological maps and survey charts of the entire Plateau and surrounding area out some four miles. Every structure had been surveyed and plotted on their detailed working drawings. The team had also taken a series of new photographs that presented views from all sides of every ancient structure on the Plateau and the surrounding area including the now fully exposed Sphinx. This was the third time the Sphinx had been dug out of the ever shifting sands of Egypt. The first was around 1400 B.C.E. led by Pharaoh Thutmose IV and later during the period when Rome ruled the sands of Egypt. It would seem the locals had better things to do than fight the sands of Egypt.

The final pre-excavation operation involved mapping all ancient as well as modern roads, canals and river ways in and around the Cairo area. It was, to say the least, the most detailed archeological work ever done before at one site.

A preliminary report was sent to Committee headquarters, which included an interesting section on some of the historic details of the pyramids.

The Great Pyramid of Khufu on the Giza Plateau stands 450 feet. The Pyramid of Khafra or Chephren in the Greek language stands 448 feet above the plateau. These structures date back to the Egyptian Old Kingdom at around 2500 B.C. We have estimated that the Great Pyramid has some 2-1/2 million individual blocks of limestone as its major building component weighing as little as 2-1/2 to around 5 tons each.

All three major pyramids on the Giza site were built over a period from 2600 to 2500 B.C. by Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure. In total the rulers of Egypt have built 35 major pyramids mostly within a 50 mile stretch of the Nile south of Cairo..

To this work the Egyptian team had added a new tool for discovery. Tesla and his Committee group had been working on developing a new use for their radar systems. Not necessarily focused on the work in Egypt, Tesla and his engineers had wanted to develop a new device that would be able to produce a crude “picture” of what the ground looked like under potential building sites. By 1913 his group had produced a device which could “see underground” twenty to thirty feet. When Dr. Tesla was reminded of the work being conducted in Egypt, as well as several other sites, he jumped at the chance to test his new device he had by then began calling “ground penetrating radar” (GPR).

The GPR looked like a four-square-foot cart with wheels on each side for balance and ease of movement to pull or push the ‘cart’ over the ground. As the device moved over the ground the signal was ‘pulsed’ into the ground from the front of the device and return signal was picked up by the device in the back. The return signal was then “printed out” on a photographic roll of electric paper, also newly designed by the Committee. It was a crude strip that showed dark and light areas that we were told are differences in the hardness or compacted nature of the ground below the device. Any cavity showed up as very dark patches. It was really amazing to see the ground beneath our feet without even digging a hole, even though I for one could not make hide-nor-hare out of the printout. It seems one needed a good deal of practice at the craft.

We decided to roll this new ground radar device (1 of 3 so far constructed) over all of the exposed ground around the Giza Plateau up to and along side of each and every structure on the site. Not expecting to find any great structural details we were absolutely shocked to discover what appeared to be an entire complex beneath the surface of the Plateau. Someone or perhaps ‘something’ had built tunnels and rooms under the entire site. This had been what amounted to a completely connected underground city thousands of years old! Tunnels ran from all of the pyramids as well as the Sphinx interconnected with rooms of many shapes and sizes. There was also a tunnel, now partly collapsed, which had led all the way to the Nile River. There had been an underground canal built into the Giza Plateau! All of this was most unexpected. Along with the canal (we later found several more) the team discovered a complete harbor with full docking facilities had been constructed just to the east of the plateau. The facility could house at least twenty small sailing boats with upwards of 50 crew members each. Clearly there was much more to this massive complex than one would expect to discover upon first view.

It would take another 18 months for the radar work to be completed that included adding all of the new underground data to overlays of the original site drawings. During that time the Egyptian team dug four exploratory shafts into one of the radar discovered tunnels in order to establish first that the signals had been correct and secondly how deep they were below the surface. The team established the re-enforced tunnels were generally 18 to 19 feet beneath the surface and many of them were still in working order. It was anyone’s guess what we would find next. Unfortunately, it would be some years before we could do that work. War by mankind on ourselves was right over the horizon and for the most part it would not involve Martians, at least not as far as any direct involvement in combat was concerned.

From: Committee Notes: The Martians and the Martian War (1907. r. 1914)

It has been speculated that agriculture was first practiced in Egypt between 6000-5000 BCE. However, there are insufficient records recorded in baked clay tablets to confirm or deny that the practice was invented or introduced to the Nile Valley from ‘outside.’ There are however, two broken tablets, which show primitive grains being planted which have been dated to around 6000 BCE. Both of these tablets have the unmistakable markings of Martian language on them as both also show “sky shields” with beams flowing to the ground. The overwhelmingly controversial question is: Did the Martian As or Grays bring the practice of agriculture to the Nile Valley? And if they did for what purpose would they seemingly help humans? And even more controversial: Were these seeds brought to Earth from Mars and are any of them related biologically to the red weed so prevalent on Mars?

After the floor of the Nile Valley was cleared and prepared for barley and other grains the first loosely consolidated villages were established. From this humble beginning urban society grow until around 3200 BCE when local city-states began to emerge. By 3000 BCE a sophisticated hieroglyphic system of writing had been in use and close examination of these very early writings once again show the unmistakable Martian script albeit on a somewhat primitive level. Finally, by around 2700 BCE the Egyptians had a working and fully developed script in hieroglyphics with what seems to have been revised to remove much of the early Martian influence, but nevertheless still shows some influences of the Martian language. Needless to say, none of this information came to light until we had unmistakable examples of Martian written language acquired during the Martian War.

One of the more interesting aspects of this new work was the discovery the Sphinx cut from in-situ stone was clearly much older than even the most ancient Egyptian civilization. We were able to determine the lower half or body of the Sphinx had been carved during a time when the area was forested with a reasonably long rainy season. The body of the ancient Sphinx had been clearly eroded by a good deal of water. However, the upper or head of the Sphinx was eroded by the wind driven sands of an Egypt baked under a much hotter and driver climate.

It would seem the Egyptians had come upon this ancient monument of a water eroded lion and simply carved the much smaller head of a Pharaoh out of the lions’ original head. When seen from the sides the head clearly looks far too small for the body. The Egyptians then finished their ‘acquisition’ of the Sphinx by covering the sides or body of the lion with new limestone blocks and painting the monument in bright colors including blue, red, black and yellow. It was in fact a ‘makeover’ of a much older artifact that had been buried for thousands of years by the ever moving sands of time. Perhaps this was why modern Egyptians had little regard for this ancient artifact.

As the work continued in Egypt others were working to discover the full depth of our Sun’s planetary companions. Working at the Lowell Observatory T. B. Gill and E. A. Edwards were exposing photographic plates of the night skies from April 1914 to July 1916. This work covered a considerable amount of the sky with over 1000 plates exposed. These plates were to be used by astronomers in the hopes of locating new worlds (some mentioned in Martian Electric Files). Even though most of the worlds well known astronomers were keeping a close eye on Mars there was much more to space than the hostile red planet.

MAGIC – MOST SECRET CoT

Magic Order MO-181

Immediate: Committee intelligence operations indicate hybrids not loyal to Earth (possibly related to the Martian Brotherhood) have infiltrated several restored world governments. Tango: Location and termination of these hybrids required immediately after extensive interrogation. Deniability required at all levels.

MAGIC SIX-SYDNEY

MAGIC – MOST SECRET CoT

THE SEARCH FOR GREAT EARTH CAVES

By mid-1914 the American members of the Committee were ready to send out teams of explorers tasked with the goal of locating as many massive natural caves as they could in America. With these large caves in mind it came to the attention of the Committee there could very well be other natural cave complexes in many parts of the world which would lend themselves to upgrading into at least temporary bomb shelters or storage facilities in the event of interplanetary warfare. It was thought even though the Martians could easily see manmade structures on the surface of the Earth, natural underground caves would not present any man-made appearance and could be used for many purposes such as shelter, storage, manufacturing and many other reasons. With that Directorate J – Geological Studies and Resource Development proposed a world-wide search for such locations. Led by geologists from Directorate J, and after a review of surviving geologic records, the teams were off to exotic locations around the world in search of the Earth’s great natural caves. Beginning with possible caverns near the largest population centers they were soon organizing teams to be sent to such diverse locations as the jungles of South America and the windswept deserts of North Africa. In the years to come their efforts would prove to be very successful. After that research was completed what would be needed was funding to upgrade these natural hiding places to bomb and other types of shelters and the manpower to do the work. Once again prison labor would eventually be called upon to perform the heavy lifting. We were learning to use our planet’s natural defense capabilities to our advantage as well as developing new man-made ones.

Committee caves investigation team at lunch
Committee caves investigation team at lunch

Most of the twenty-five teams searched areas on land however; three of the teams were tasked to locate large sea caves that could be used to temporarily hide ships. More specifically, they were instructed to locate as many sea caves as they could which could support submarines as forward bases in the event of planetary war. Plans called for these caves to be “built back” from sea openings to allow a small support base to be constructed, but the cave openings were to be left as natural as possible so as to not show any man-made construction. This work would eventually show that many sea caves were readily acceptable for this work being from 200 to 300 feet in length with more than a few measuring 500 to 800 feet in length. There would be no lack of hiding places for our submarines once they had been designed and built. (No small task in itself.)

The land-based teams found so many caves around the world it seemed near impossible to find any area that did not have some type of cave or cave system which could be put to some good use. Many of these smaller caves world-wide needed little work to prepare them for at least temporary habitation. In fact, the general rule for these caves was identical to the sea caves. “Do as little work as possible on the cave entrance.” Keep them looking as natural as possible would be the bywords of this program when construction began.

By the time the teams reported back, many months after they began their work, they had investigated and recorded some 9812 caves of general size and description that could be used for some type of planetary defense; simple bomb shelters or storage. They also reported several truly massive caves most of which could be put to use by the Committee. Most notable were Mammoth Cave in Kentucky surveyed to be some 390 miles in length (later a major oil and gas pipeline would be built along much of this cave’s length), followed by Jewel Cave in South Dakota, Optymislychna Cave in the Ukraine, Wind Cave in South Dakota and Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico. Along with these truly spectacular sites workers discovered a huge room off of Sarawak Cave chamber. This single “room” measured 2,297 by 1,312 feet at a height of 260 feet. This location in Borneo, Malaysia, when eventually cleared of boulders and heavily re-enforced by a skeletal structure covering the entire “roof” of the room, would serve as a major test facility for some of our most inventive weapons of war. One could actually fly inside this thing! Naturally it would remain most-secret.

A third type of cave or rather natural tube structure was to be found on the Canary Islands in the Atlantic, the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific and other volcanic areas. Formed by volcanic activity, lava flowing down hill formed passages which when emptied created long smooth walled underground structures. The longest and most useful system found was Kazumura Cave near Hilo. When the teams surveyed this location they found it to be more than 40 miles long. They would soon be digging entrances into this wonderful structure along its full length and converting it for human habitation as well as emergency storage locations. The teams also found hundreds of miles of caves in many remote locations in South American jungles.

As a footnote to their cave report the teams reminded all of us those primitive ancient peoples for thousands of years had used caves for shelter and protection from the perils of the outside world. Now we would be once again using caves to protect humanity from the dangers known and very possibly unknown from outside of Earth. In a very true sense we were going home!

A PREHISTORIC CAVE SIDE GRAVE AT CASTELNAU

One of the more interesting discoveries made by the “cave teams” came near a cave located just outside of Montpellier, France. The teams had just about finished cataloging large caves in the general area when by chance one of the team members, a geologist, stumbled upon an old road cut. The overgrown cut area had been exposed due to a recent brush fire and the geologist decided to have a closer look. What he found was more than rock layers. He had discovered the remains of an ancient burial ground with some very interesting bones hidden within. It did not take long for Dr. Davis Mender to call on his French associate anthropologist George de Lapouge to help him uncover this ancient site. Their report made for some very interesting reading.

At Castelnau, near the above town, is a pre-historic cemetery, dating from the ages of polished stone and bronze. A large number of human bones were found. The most remarkable finds were three pieces of bone that must formerly have belonged to some pre-historic giant of extraordinary size. The first piece is a part of a femur, or thigh-bone, a part of a tibia, or shin-bone. There is a small fragment, which may be either a piece of a femur or a humerus; if the latter, then it must also have formerly made up part of the skeleton of the giant, as can be seen in comparison to normal sized humerus. If we judge the height of this Neolithic giant by the usual proportion of the parts of the skeleton to each other, he must have been between ten and eleven feet high. There has been an old tradition among the peasants of the vicinity that a cavern in the valley was, in olden times, occupied by a giant; and it would be curious if the discovery of M. Lapouge should show it to be founded on fact, and handed down from father to son during the centuries that have elapsed since the time when the ancient inhabitants of France knew of no other material for their implements and utensils than stones which they so laboriously worked into the desired shapes.

ON THE WALLS OF ANCIENT CAVES

Many of the caves in Europe and Asia as well as Africa and America had shown signs of ancient occupation by primitive tribes or small groups of hunters and it was not too surprising to discover that these hunters had left their marks on the walls and ceilings. However, many of these drawings had a distinctive off-world appearance.

At Tassili in the Sahara Desert a team led by Henri La Doubt discovered thousands of cave paintings of hunters and the animals they hunted, many now extinct. Alongside some of the hunters and their kills stands a figure in what appears to be some type of bulky suit topped off by what looks like a round fish-bowl type head cover! The head cover of the ten-foot tall figure is connected to the bulky suit by a type of hose. On the chest of the suit one finds several devices that appear to be sewn on to the suit. On the top of the fish-bowl runs what looks like a wire or antenna about as tall as the fish-bowl is wide. In earlier days these figures could easily be dismissed as the imaginations of a primitive mind who painted his dreams on the walls of his cave. However, in light of recent Martian realities and the fact almost identical paintings have now been found in dozens of locations around the world the inescapable conclusion must be that these primitive people all over the world had off-world contact of some nature but not necessarily Martian. Whether or not any or most of these were species from Mars remains a mystery.

Near Brescea, Italy, teams have discovered the same type of cave paintings with a certain twist. The “helmet” on the individual has two antenna and he is painted standing next to a small egg-shaped craft standing on what appears to be three legs (we had seen this before). In the caves of Lascaux in the South of France the teams found a series of magnificent caves filled with hundreds of paintings as if a history of these people was being displayed from one end of the cave to the other. Spaced out, almost evenly, one finds paintings of these balky-suited individuals almost always standing next to what looked like some type of aerial craft.

From: Committee Notes: The Martians and the Martian War (1907. r. 1914)

The earliest reliable evidence of Martian atrocities found on Earth can now be stated with confidence to have occurred around 18,000 years ago (16,000 BCE). Archeologists, working for the Executive Committee of Twelve, were able to enter a long overlooked cave recently discovered in the South of France. On the walls of that cave researchers found not only drawings of animals long since extinct, they found what were clearly the earliest known representations of Martians in what appeared to be crudely drawn pressure suits. As the researchers went deeper into the cave complex they came across a find that even so long after the events unfolded was disturbing to the assembled researchers as these beings who had come into contact with Martians were the forefathers of modern man. Over 1000 human remains of primitive men, women and children were found in what can best be described as a large underground room cut out of the natural rock face the size of a small movie theatre. The remains had all shown signs of being butchered like cattle. The possibility that ancient Martians had somehow used these ancient humans (primarily blood products) for food was terrifying even though the Martian War has already confirmed the fact that the Martians did view humans as a source of food. The bones and seemingly other remains, many with chopping and scraping marks, had been tossed into one large lower level pit after the Martians had finished them off.

[END PART 25]

Copyright © R. Michael Gordon, 2020

[Next week: Part 25: Caves for the people and an Earth war in Europe.]