The Germans Parachuted an Advance Team to Further Their Plan to Assassinate the Allied Leaders
The drunk SS man did not give specific dates. However, he gave enough clues. They were followed up and cross checked with information gathered from other sources, and confirmed that the Germans knew of the Big Three’s planned meeting in Tehran. Soviet resources and assets in Iran were marshaled to counter the threat, and Gevork Vartanian and his team were put on the trail of the German agents. In 1943, German intelligence parachuted an advance party of six radio operators near the Iranian city of Qum, about forty miles from Tehran.
The air dropped Nazis’ immediate task was to link up with other German cells and assets in and around the Iranian capital. They were then to coordinate the activities of various agents on the ground, and scout routes to and from their targets’ expected locations. Once the advance team laid the groundwork, they would be joined by Otto Skorzeny, who had visited Tehran on a different mission and been tailed by Vartanian’s team in 1942. Fortunately for the Allies, Vartanian found out in the fall of 1943 about the Germans who had parachuted into Qum.