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London Falling Timetable

Posted: 07/10/2012 in Timeline

London Falling: Timetable

9 August, 2012 1400 GMT: Bombs detonate in central London. 1430 GMT: Baron Victor Sutton-Fiennes, code name Glaukos, loses contact with his CO, General Craddock and others at SIS in London; he leaves his estate, Thundridge, for London. He is blocked by local militia while driving south and after showing his ID, is re-routed to a nearby airport where he meets up with Corporal Johnson (later promoted to Flt. Lt.). Using his ‘emergency only’ phone, protected from EMP by hardened covering, he makes contact with fellow agent Elizabeth Tracey (code name Aegis) and tells her they’ll rendezvous at what is hopefully a clear landing zone on the east side of St. James Park. He commandeers both Johnson and his helicopter, and they grab a medic just in case. Aegis says that SIS took a hit, but is still standing; she and agent Arkangel’s last orders were to try and locate members of the royal family and move them to a safe location in Manchester. She and Arkangel are heading to Buckingham Palace. She says the Duke of Cambridge was at some sort of Boy Scout camp near the Kennington Oval Cricket Ground. Aegis says to call in when he has further lintel and not to waste the phone batteries; this may be their only means of communication at the moment. 1630 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes, along with pilot Corporal Greer Johnson, heads for London along with medic Mary Haroldson in a Eurocopter AS565 Panther. They arrive at approximately 1700. On the far eastern side of St. James Park, they meet up with agent Aegis, check their known intelligence (i.e. a number of small scale nuclear weapons, between 8-10, exploded around 1400 GMT); Glaukos and team head for the last known location of the Duke of Cambridge. They rescue the Duke and Duchess (who originally been scheduled to visit the main Olympic Stadium with Prince Harry), along with SO14 officer Alice Mason. SO14 officer Marshall Lewis, who was also on duty, remains in London with medic Mary Haroldson. They work on finding shelter for the Boy Scouts after Glaukos gives a moving speech citing words of Lord Baden-Powell. 2000 GMT: Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne are taken to Stornoway from the dressage events at the Olympics held in Greenwich, via a ‘decoy’ route in Manchester, set up by SO14 and SAS operatives. Glaukos recommends this action in case Manchester is also a target. Stornoway is chosen for its long distance from London and its relative obscurity. 2300 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes and his team arrive at Anglesey/RAF Valley with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, now under protection of Station Commander Dennis Wright and SO14 officer Alice Mason. Johnson is given a field commission to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. 10 August, 2012 0600 GMT: Agent Ascalon (Helene Peacock) arrives on Anglesey with a hovercraft she ‘convinced’ a captain from Dover to loan to her. She, the captain, and the co-captain tell Glaukos that the craft is at their disposal 0700 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes and Peacock depart Anglesey for Stornoway, arriving around 1000 GMT. 1100 GMT: A briefing is held at Hotel Stornoway with the Queen, her lady in waiting Baroness Elton, her private secretary the Rt. Hon. Sir Christopher Geidt, available cabinet members (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP—Con; Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt. Hon Eric Pickles MP—Con; and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, the Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP—Con) , Arondight members (Glaukos and Ascalon), the SO14 officer in charge (Eric Charles Rothesay, formerly of FTAC), and a couple of members of the privy council (James Norwich Arbuthnot,  a former Minister of State and now MP; and Colonel Toby Browne, Crown Equerry). The following intelligence points are discussed:

  • Twelve nuclear ‘suitcase’ devices of approximately .5KT were simultaneously exploded at 1400 GMT on 9 August 2012.
  • While the effect was less than if an airburst, the cumulative effect of the radiation from the total of 6 KT detonated is more severe than an airburst. There was less firestorm damage than might be expected; however, the radiation contamination of the Thames, thanks to the bursts on the south bank, is severe.
  • No group of any kind has taken credit for the act of terrorism.
  • The more time that passes in which no one has taken credit, the more nervous everyone is becoming.
  • Approximately 2 million people were in the greater London area at the time of the explosions. Another 2 million were affected by the blasts around the M25. In central London, approximately 400,000 people were killed by the blast or the falling buildings (either immediately or within the hour after the event). A lesser number, about 100,000 were killed in the M25 blasts, probably due to more open terrain and less falling debris.
  • Another 200,000 people are suffering from severe burns and radiation sickness. This number will probably result in another 100,000 casualties over the next 96 hours, even with rescue and medical assistance.
  • Overall death toll is expected to reach 600,000, with another 100,000 persons remaining alive but injured. Perhaps another 100,000 face severe illness due not to radiation or damage from the bombing, but from shortages of food, water, and essential medications. The population of central London is expected to fall to around 1.5 million over the next month.
  • Middlesex Hospital and St. Bart’s are in the best condition of any central London hospitals.
  • Current plans are to evacuate those who are wounded with positive prognosis for recovery to Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, and Cambridge.
  • Relief workers and supplies are en route from the US, Canada, and most countries in Europe.
  • Triage teams are being assembled.
  • Currently, both Heathrow and Gatwick are grounded. Manchester is open with limitations, as are Edinburgh and Cardiff.
  • From the SIS headquarters, the official Head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat Bruce Mann, a senior British civil servant, has declared martial law within the M25 geographic area. No one is arguing.

Flight Lt. Greer Johnson arrives by 1300 that day at the request of Sutton-Fiennes. In a brief ceremony, Sutton-Fiennes is created Viscount Thundridge and Peacock is made Baroness Stornoway in appreciation for their many years of bravery and service to the Crown (this is the third major conflict/war in which they have served). 1400 GMT: Agent Dyrnwyn arrives for protection detail (re-routed from Manchester after laying considerable ‘appearances’ that this is the back-up location for the Crown) and coordination with Ascalon. 2000 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes departs for RAF Benson, with one brief re-fueling stop, in a Super Lynx 100, flown by Flt. Lt. Johnson. Ascalon and Dyrnwyn remain behind at Stornoway. 11 August, 2012 0000 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes and Johnson arrive at RAF Benson, where they rendezvous with an eight-man SAS team; debriefing, loading of gear, and strategic planning follow. The team includes:

  • Team One
    • Sergeant Vince McClain – Team leader. Former military police officer.
    • Corporal John Colburn – Signals/Communications
    • Trooper Ray Hudson – Medic
    • Trooper Chris Watt – Rifleman/ mechanical specialist
  • Team Two
    • Sergeant Steven Carruth – Team leader
    • Lance Corporal Walt Lambert – Rifleman
    • Trooper Ian McGowan – Medic
    • Trooper Malcolm Ryan – Engineer/demolitions

0600 GMT: Insertion at Vauxhall. A team of agents have established a strict perimeter around the SIS building. They are armed to the teeth and in protective gear; they rotate out every 3 hours to limit radiation exposure, though they are all starting to get to significant accumulated exposure levels. Careful observations reveal they have had to shoot some people around the building. About an hour is spent in discussion with General Craddock, Aegis, and Arkangel, along with other key operatives. Johnson takes off and lands several times over the next three hours to avoid crowds. The groups exchange information, and Craddock says that some mobile towers will be restored by late that evening, thanks to a Canadian army communication unit. They confirm previous intelligence from briefing from 10 August, 1100 GMT meeting at Stornoway. 0700 GMT: Sutton-Fiennes and SAS agents proceed across the shaky Vauxhall Bridge towards Westminster Abbey, skirting behind the partially collapsed Tate Gallery. Dead bodies, glass, and debris are everywhere. The team almost has an incident with a crowd of about 250 angry people in a wandering mob wanting cover in the church, but Sutton-Fiennes talks them down. A couple of London locals volunteer to lead people to the nearby St. James underground and to the Churchill War rooms to seek cover. Sutton-Fiennes meets Rev. Rhys Jones, a deacon at the Abbey, who has managed to triage and help about 1500 people, using an internal water supply, and moving the dead bodies to the street outside. Jones, the surviving docents, and acolytes take food from the team and try to make it go as far as it can. 0800 GMT: The team moves into Westminster Palace/Parliament, which had not been in session. The southeast portion of the building has collapsed, but the northwest section is mostly standing. They do as complete a sweep as possible and locate three living cabinet members: Deputy PM Nicholas Clegg (internal injuries), Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (fractured pelvis), and Secretary for Wales Cheryl Gillan (multiple injuries). They do not seem to have any radiation symptoms, but the irony of Gillan being found in the loo after she has been implicated in several monetary scandals is not lost on Glaukos and others. The team locates eight other survivors who may recover and a number of dead or dying. Glaukos leaves medical decisions to Hudson and McGowan. The three cabinet members and eight survivors, along with 12 children from the abbey, are loaded into a Westland 30 medivac helicopter that lands in the abbey gardens, flown by Flight Officer Devon Maxwell. Despite his injuries, Deputy PM Clegg speaks with the children and their parents before the helicopter departs for Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. 1000 GMT: Glaukos and his team return to SIS where they are stripped and very completely ‘cleaned.’ The SAS team takes a breather while Glaukos meets privately with Aegis, Arkangel, and Craddock. The general gives Glaukos a highly protected/sealed case containing a small sample of radioactive material from Lambeth; Aegis notes that the Lambeth explosion took place approximately 20 seconds before any of the others, which is intriguing. Craddock tells Glaukos to get the sample to an IAEA facility, perhaps in Delft, Warsaw, or Budapest for analysis. Aegis proposes her ‘chipping’ idea (a subdermal communication device). Reluctantly, not particularly wanting her in their heads all the time, but acknowledging that contact amongst the team without the unreliability factor of mobile phones is desirable, Arkangel, Glaukos, and Craddock all get implanted. 1100 GMT: With clearance from Craddock, the SAS team, Arkangel, Glaukos, and Aegis crowd into the Super Lynx with Johnson and fly to Birmingham for a status update on the rescued personnel at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Arkangel and Aegis set up a small sit-rep room, then get some down time (both of them still require sleep, water, and food). Glaukos speaks with the nurse helping George Osborne, who is in a large cast and has considerable pain, and gets a few minutes discussion with him. Osborne says if he can have a working mobile phone, he can call in help from an American colleague at the Office of Homeland Security, but asks for a short rest first. Gillan is in recovery, unconscious, and Clegg is just coming out of surgery. Glaukos speaks with the surgeon and finds that Clegg had considerable internal injuries, including a ruptured spleen, but is going to make a full recovery. It will be at least 3-4 days before any of them can be moved to Stornoway, but the doctor will call Glaukos when the deputy PM is able to talk. Glaukos calls Ascalon to rendezvous with them—her offer to ‘step up’ into a government office/position seems to be a good one, and with Craddock’s approval, she’ll be Clegg’s deputy secretary until the civilian government can be fully restored and martial law lifted. Glaukos loans Osborne his secure mobile, and he calls his American friend Michael Peele, who’ll ‘be on a jet in about an hour.’ Ascalon arrives and gets chipped; she tells Glaukos in private that the Queen’s health has suffered due to the extreme stress of the situation. Meanwhile, Clegg regains consciousness and asks to speak to Glaukos. He stresses his need and desire to be a devoted public servant in this crisis, and thus is given the “Project Arondight” overview by Ascalon and Glaukos. He jokingly blames the drugs for their spiel, but in the end, acknowledges the truth of the situation and accepts Helene Peacock as his deputy secretary and aide de camp. The team plans to move to Stornoway as soon as it is safe to move the cabinet members. Glaukos ponders how best to get to Delft with the nuclear sample from Lambeth, and the mysterious yet oddly stereotypical American Michael Peele arrives and verifies his identity based on private information from George Osborne.