Overnight wireless transmitters, maps, explosives, instructions to agents, &c. are dropped in the English Midlands and Lowland Scotland to suggest an immanent invasion on the east coast. Later, General Schmid (head of Luftwaffe Intelligence) will testify that these objects were submitted to Göering in his train for approval and he mentioned several times that Hitler was pleased with Abwurf Action.
Within a few hours of operation Abwurf Action and before it had been mentioned in the media NBSS reports that parachutists "in civilian clothes or British uniform" had landed near Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
The Times reports a Ministry of information communiqué/ describing it as a "propaganda move" and that it had already been mentioned on German wireless.
NBSS claims that the previous day's British scepticism suited Germany's purposes. The parachutists were being sheltered by Fifth Columnists. They also had with them detailed pictures of the Manchester Ship Canal, the Birmingham waterworks and others. These photos seem to have been taken from English illustrated papers before the war.
They are protesting that their airborne troops never wore anything but German uniform and any failure to treat them in accordances in the usages of war would be followed by reprisals.
They stress the accuracy of the maps, plans and lists of names they have brought with them. They claim three policemen have been shot dead in the search for them and cypher messages are being broadcast on the main German transmissions from Hamburg and elsewhere conveying instructions to the parachutists and their collaborators. Britain's "defences are being undermined from within".