1905 – Late Jan – Arctic
Kapitänleutnant Baurer reread the radio message that the on-duty radioman had just transcribed and handed to him. “Marine Station der Arctic requests an updated forecast for the next two days”. A seemingly innocuous message, but one that Bauer had been waiting for since the prior summer. Despite his very low rank, as commanding officer of the Reichsinstitut Deutsche Seewarte and the Deutsche Seefischerei-Verein double station on Bar Insel, he had been brought into the planning for Case Green the middle of the previous summer. He had to be, because men from his station would be the first ones to strike at the enemy. And if all went well, it would be weeks before the Russians would even know the war had started.