BSSA/KV/1062 17 February, 1944
To: L/SV From: BSS/A
Suggested lines of reply to L.397/Holland/1 (B.I.B.) GPW, attached.
The contact between the Dutch Escape Route (Broadbean - GOLF/Van Vliet) and the VIC organisation was in the first instance arranged by D/F (SOE section) on the assumption, not that the Dutch line itself was German operated, but that it would almost certainly be passing vert 'hot' bodies - i.e. bodies that were certainly blown and that might be German agents. (Broadbean is Gerard van Os en Golf is WT operator Willem van der Wilden).
Because of this there was no direct switch-over between the two lines, instead a 'dead end' house was used: Mlle. FREDIN, Rue Pecket 60, Paris. The Dutch line was given this address and password, and VIC (Victor Gersin) was advised when bodies were to be collected from it, also that they might be compromised. VIC did not trust ARNAUD aka ROBERT (Abwehr agent Christmann) who was the passeur taking bodies to this address, and, although he has seen him, he has not contacted him more than absolutely necessary. The contact has been made at the Rue Pecket (vide report of COSTER aka SOCCER) (Tony Cnoops).
The procedure seems to have been that a cut-out would collect bodies from Mlle. FREDIN and pass them over to PIERRE COLIN of the Avenue Emile Zola (vide report of Lt. HURST), from where they were routed down the normal VIC line; it is on this line proper, that bodies are passed from one passeur to another in parks and public places.
When it became apparent that the BROADBEAN - GOLF line was in fact likely to prove to be German operated, D/F cut out Rue Pecket entirely and sealed off the contacts.
In respect of para. 3 in GPW's letter the end of HURST's report is interesting, indicating as it does (page 8 Para. 1) that VIC's passeuse from Lyon to perpigna had met VAN VLIET in Paris. This was not stated as fact but is HURST's very strong impression during a conversation which he had with this woman.
It should of course, be borne in mind that all appearances are that VIC has passed German Agents down his line which he has received from the BROADBEAN-GOLF line, e.g. the four Dutchmen who were 'arrested' on the VIC truck in the Pyrenees; if this is so the general lay-out if not the details of the line must be known. D/F can confirm an impression that this general lay-out is frequently changed by VIC.