FW3-4: A War Of Nerves

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FW3-4: A War Of Nerves

Postby Lynnedean » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:31 pm

FW3-4: A War Of Nerves (detailed summary)

June 1941

Evening in the King's Head pub in Hastings.

Corporal Jack Archer is sitting at the bar with Derek Woodgate, a civilian. He offers to get in another round of drinks, but his friend thinks it a bad idea. The bartender agrees and tells the young soldier that it's time he was going.

Woodgate puts his hand on Archer's arm to draw him away from the bar, but Archer shrugs him off. His friend takes his arm more firmly. The soldier stands and roughly pushes him away. The bartender intervenes and warns Archer that if he doesn't leave quietly, the police will be called. Archer shouts at them, and Woodgate makes another attempt to usher him from the bar, but he suddenly pulls a Luger pistol and points it directly at his friend's head. "You know what it's like to be scared, Derek? You got a nice cushy number – shop steward. Suppose someone put a bullet right between your eyes?"

The bartender whispers to his barmaid to fetch a policeman. Startled, Woodgate asks Archer where he got the gun from, and tries to persuade him to put it down. Archer lowers it, but still aims at his friend and tells him that he'll now know what it feels like to be scared. He begins to count down from ten.

Samantha Stewart has been watching the altercation from where she has been sitting with friends, and now steps in. She explains that she is with the police, adding, when the bartender queries it, "Well, sort of." She tells Archer that she thinks he should put down the weapon, but he turns the gun towards her and challenges her to make him. She says nervously that he's not going to shoot anybody as they are all on the same side, so why not put down the gun and talk it through over another beer. She ignores an interruption from the bartender, who protests the idea of giving Archer any more to drink, and continues to persuade.

Archer falters, saying that he just wanted to make a point. He allows Sam to take the pistol from his hand just as the police arrive. As Archer is led away, Sam's bravery is commented upon by the bartender. She shrugs it off, saying that she thinks the soldier was just showing off, and adds that the Luger probably wasn't loaded anyway. She pulls the trigger and immediately blasts both her theory and a nearby wall light to smithereens.

Next morning.

Assistant Commissioner Rose calls at the Hastings police station to see Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle. The sergeant manning the desk asks if he is expected, and Rose replies that whether or not he is expected is irrelevant, he is to be shown to the DCS's office.

Sergeant Rivers leads the way. He knocks on Foyle's door and Rose walks straight in before he can be announced, taking the DCS by surprise. Rose opens by saying that he hopes he is not interrupting, and Foyle suggests that his boss could have chosen a better moment.

Rose enquires if Foyle is busy, and when Foyle indicates that he is, asks with what. Foyle explains that there is a group operating along the coast that is involved with stealing anything from tyres to steel and timber, and selling it on to private contractors. Rose considers it unimportant, commenting that the war effort won't be harmed by the loss of a few tyres, and he chuckles at the thought. Foyle politely disagrees, pointing out that Atlantic convoys suffered when shipyards couldn't patch up vessels when welding plates went missing, and that troop and supply trains couldn't run when there were no materials for basic repairs. He says it might be petty crime but it has a very significant effect of the war effort.

The AC shrugs off the reply by asking what Foyle is going to do about it. Foyle tells him that they have set up a company of builders' merchants operated by the department. "It's taken three months to do it…"

Rose cuts him short, saying that he can delegate, as there is something else that has come up that he wants him to take charge of personally. He asks Foyle if he has heard of the People's Convention. Foyle begins to say that he understands them to be left-wing intellectuals based in London, but Rose interrupts, saying crossly, "There's nothing intellectual about them. They're a group of communist agitators stirring up trouble for no reason at all. They're talking about people's government, people's peace … dangerous, fifth-column nonsense!"

Foyle comments that their activities are not illegal. Rose ignores him and instructs him to keep an eye on Raymond Carter, one of the leaders, who has booked into the Regency Hotel in Hastings with his fiancée. Foyle begins to explain that he does not have the time, but Rose again cuts him short. "I'm the one who decides what you do with your time. Carter's talking to trade-unionists, local counsellors… He's a bolshie firebrand. He could do untold damage, disrupting day-to-day work with his ideas."

When Foyle points out that he can't stop the man holding meetings, Rose looks impatient and tells him that he can arrest him on sedition if the need arises. Foyle replies, "I remember the need arising to arrest me on sedition not so very long ago."
Rose chuckles, saying that was a misunderstanding.
Foyle is not amused and asks, "Isn't this?"
Rose is adamant. "That's what I want you to look into. Keep an eye on him, see who he meets, that sort of thing. Then you can report back."
Foyle asks what he should with everything else, and is told "This comes first."

Milner is posing as the foreman in a builders' merchant's yard established by the police department. He is approached by a workman who says he's had word that the yard is looking for materials. Milner shows him a list of stuff he needs, and the man tells him that he can obtain all of it but that no questions must be asked. He asks for £15 up front and another £15 on delivery. Milner insists on having a name, saying that £15 is a lot of money to give to someone he doesn't know. He is given the name Ian Kimble and told that the items can be collected from the old transformer factory at eight that night. Kimble wants him to go alone, but Milner says he will need one other person to help him. As the man leaves, Milner instructs an assistant to follow him.

As the workers leave the Talbot Brothers shipyard after their day's shift, Kimble has a word with two Naval guards on the gate then goes inside. Milner's man observes.

In the Hastings station, Sergeant Rivers, ensuring that he is not overheard, asks Sam about the incident at the King's Head. She asks him how he knows about it, and he replies, "Didn't you get the invitation – Jack Archer?"

Sam suddenly realises that the Jack Archer who was in the pub is the same man who is to marry the sergeant's daughter Gwen. Rivers is embarrassed about the incident, but Sam says Archer was just a bit drunk. Rivers says that he's a good lad, and asks Sam if she will put in a good word for him when his case comes up in court. She agrees, and comments that, as a sapper, Archer would be under a lot of pressure.

An unexploded bomb has buried itself in the earth in a children's playground and the area has been cordoned off by the bomb squad. A pit has been dug around the weapon, and Archer is securing the boards shoring the sides while Captain Ralph Hammond examines the bomb.

A crowd of onlookers stands a little way off. Another member of the bomb squad watches, too. An ARP warden standing behind him asks him if the bomb is a two-thousand pounder. He is ignored.

Archer finishes what he's been doing, climbs out of the pit and makes his way back to the Army vehicle. As he does so, the ARP warden asks the watching soldier if he wants the onlookers moved back a bit, but again he gets no reply. Archer approaches and gives the non-commital sapper, Ernie Jones, a cigarette. He tells the man to "get some cha up" and makes a drinking motion with his hand, whereupon Jones walks away. The ARP warden comments that the man doesn't talk much and Archer replies that it's because he doesn't hear much.

In the pit, Hammond continues to work at disarming the bomb.

Just as Foyle is asking for him at the reception desk of the Regency Hotel, Raymond Carter and his fiancée arrive to book in.

Foyle tells him that his business can wait, but Carter wants to know who he is. His companion says she thinks Foyle is a policeman, and when Foyle confirms it, Carter remarks that he is quick to check up on him. He says that he'd rather leave any talking until later as he and his wife need to freshen up after a bad journey. The woman invites Foyle to lunch with them the next day so that they can talk then. As she speaks, Foyle notices that she is not wearing a wedding ring.

At the site of the UXB, Hammond succeeds in disarming the bomb. When he goes over to the watching crowd, a woman empties a little bag of coins into his hand, saying that everyone is grateful for the work the bomb squad does and that they have had a whip round so the lads can buy a drink. As the crowd applauds, the ARP warden grumpily asks the captain if he's allowed to keep the money. Hammond replies that all money received has to be paid into the Royal Engineers' Association Bank and he'll send him the receipt. Hammond and Archer laugh at the warden's attitude as they climb into their vehicle.

In the Hastings police station, Milner tells his boss about Ian Kimble, and says the man doesn't have a record. When he adds that he was followed to the shipyard, Foyle comments that there is plenty of stuff there for him to get his hands on. Milner says he thinks Kimble is operating on his own. Foyle asks if he's on the shipyard payroll. Milner says he hasn't checked it in case Kimble found out that they were onto him. He assures his boss that he can handle the meeting that has been set up for the evening.

As Archer walks with his fiancée, Gwen expresses concern for him and says he should transfer, but he tells her that the Army won't consider it for another month. Gwen asks him why he was carrying a gun in the pub. He tells her that a mate got the pistol from a German NCO at Dunkirk and had given it to him for luck.

Sergeant Rivers arrives at the door of his home at the same time the couple do and when he hears his daughter assuring Archer that she will be in court the next day, he queries it, and she tells him that she has been given the morning off work.

After her father goes indoors, Gwen gently chides her fiancé for pulling the gun. He tells her that it was just a mascot and that he didn't know it was loaded.


Milner pulls his van to a halt outside the old transformer factory and goes into the building. Kimble is waiting. Milner asks if he has brought all the materials there by himself, but the man won't answer.

The sergeant then announces that he is from the police and is placing Kimble under arrest. Kimble pulls a gun, and fires. Milner is hit in the upper left arm, and falls to the ground. Constables waiting outside hear the noise, come running in and chase the armed man through the building, but Kimble escapes.

Next morning.

At the shipyard, Foyle meets with Mark Talbot, who explains that they have met before when the DCS addressed a meeting of the Sidley Rotary Group before Christmas. Mark introduces him to his brother Peter, who, he says, heads up the Community Service Committee, and tells Foyle that they raised £50, partly due to the DCS. Foyle comments, "Oh, good… yes, for Coventry."
Peter remarks, "What's left of it."

Mark says he was there in January and that it was terrible what the Germans had done to the city. He adds that he was married in Coventry Cathedral. Foyle asks if he was born in the Midlands, but Talbot says they are from Saltfleet and have been around ships most of their lives. They came to Hastings in 1937 when they took over the shipyard. He makes a comment about the war not being part of their business plan and Peter mutters that it's a waste of time, asking rhetorically what the Poles ever meant to them. Mark explains that his brother and he do not always see eye to eye.

Foyle asks the Talbots if they have a man called Ian Kimble working for them. Mark says he doesn't know the name. When Peter says they can't know the names of all four hundred men on their payroll, Mark corrects him by pointing out that they have women, too, working as riveters, painters and even welders. He instructs his secretary to bring in the wages book.

While they are waiting, Foyle asks if the ship he has seen in the yard is a destroyer, and Mark explains that it is in for repairs. He says they only work for the Admiralty and Ministry of Shipping now, but it makes life easier, even though they are working round the clock to get ships that have been damaged in the North Atlantic straight out again. Peter says that some of their workforce do fourteen-hour days and Mark adds "When the unions let us."

Kimble's name is found in the wages book. He is listed as working in the storeroom. Foyle doesn't want to see the man but makes a note of his address. Mark Talbot asks what Kimble has done. Foyle doesn't answer; instead, he enquires if the shipyard has problems with stock going missing. Mark says they keep a strict inventory of all stock and that nothing can go in or out without their knowledge.

Jack Archer is in court. Captain Hammond gives a favourable report about his military conduct, saying that he has been involved in dealing with twenty-eight UXBs, one of which exploded, killing an officer and wounding several others. Hammond assures the magistrate that the sapper's behaviour at the King's Head was completely out of character. When the magistrate remarks about his being intoxicated, the Captain says that if the magistrate had been sitting in a hole with 1,000 kilograms of high explosive and a ticking fuse between her legs, she might have needed a drink, too. The magistrate is not amused and curtly dismisses him.

Sam is called as a witness. She tells the magistrate that Archer didn't mean anything by his actions, didn't know the pistol was loaded and wasn't really aiming. The bartender of the King's Head, who is also in court, stands up and interrupts her testimony, saying that it isn't true. The magistrate silences him with a thank you, but she then tells Sam that she is contradicting all they have been told. Sam struggles a little to explain what she means. She says that Archer was waving the gun at everyone, but didn't aim it at her. The bartender is aghast. Sam goes on to say that Archer pointed the gun at her when he gave it to her but had no intention of firing it. She says that she believes that Corporal Archer is a hero, that what he does is quite marvellous and that she would be quite willing to go to prison in his place.

The magistrate is puzzled by the last remark, and Sam explains that it was actually she who fired the gun in the end, quickly adding that it was by accident and no one was hurt.

Archer is treated with leniency because of the strain of the work he had been doing and the fact that the weapon had been surrendered, the magistrate commenting that one of the witnesses may have done more damage than he. He is dismissed with a caution.

On the way out of the court, Archer expresses concern to Gwen that she will have been docked a day's pay, but she is not worried. After he has left, Gwen thanks Sam for what she said and invites her home for tea and sandwiches. Sam agrees as long as she doesn't report her to DCS Foyle. Gwen laughs and says that she is absent without leave, too.

On the way, Sam tells her friend that she was at the shipyard, her place of work, that morning. Gwen asks if it was an investigation, and Sam replies that it had to do with stolen supplies. She asks Gwen if she knows a man called Ian Kimble. She says she doesn't.

Sam asks what sort of work she does, and Gwen replies that she is a welder but doesn't get paid as much as the men although she's just as good as they are. She says that she learned about welding in her previous job in a cake shop, because welding is a bit like icing cakes. Sam smiles, but Gwen says gloomily that she shouldn't be talking about icing cakes with the wedding only two weeks away, because she doesn't know what they are going to do.

In the lobby of the Regency Hotel, Raymond Carter talks with Derek Woodgate, who wants him to visit the yard and talk to the workers there next time he is in Hastings, because a lot of them believe in what he is doing.

As Woodgate leaves the hotel, Foyle passes him and is greeted by Carter, who leads him through to the restaurant.

In the garden of her home, Gwen explains to Sam that although they can have a cake for the wedding, they are not allowed icing because of the shortage of sugar. She says that chocolate would be allowed, but that it's not the same. Confetti can't be used, either, so she is getting the girls in the office to save the clippings made by their paper punches, but getting film for the photographs will be difficult. Sam asks why they don't wait until after the war is over. Gwen becomes upset as she explains that they don't know how much time they have, and she refers to the kind of work Archer does.

As they talk, Gwen explains that she doesn't have a maid of honour, and asks if Sam will act in that capacity. Sam is delighted to accept.

In the dining room of the Regency Hotel, Foyle sits at a table with Carter and his female companion. He asks the woman how she knew that he was a policeman. She tells him that her name is Lucinda Sheridan, and then says that identifying his line of work was a lucky guess and was perhaps also because she knows something about authority figures. Foyle asks if she is the artist by that name. She replies that she is, and asks if he knows her work. He says he does, and explains that his wife was a water-colourist.

Carter interrupts, asking if Foyle is investigating them, to which the DCS replies that he is only interested in the couple's reason for being in Hastings. Carter explains that they are holding a series of informal meetings and that they want to improve living standards and air raid shelters. He says he can't see any crime in that. Foyle says that there isn't, but they are also demanding self-determination for the colonies, restoration of trade union rights and friendship with the USSR, and, at such a time and in such a defence area, political activity of that kind could be construed as provocative.

Carter complains that the government has been attacking them, using Regulation 2D to close down the Daily Worker, the one paper that supported them. Lucinda adds that artists and writers are being banned by the BBC, and Carter names musician Alan Bush and writer and broadcaster J B Priestley. Carter says that the war is a mess and the government knows it. "They got us into it. And we're all suffering as a result of it."
Foyle says that he is perfectly entitled to his opinion and that it is not for him to try to stop him, but Carter interrupts. "So why are you here, then?

As Foyle takes time to consider how he will answer, Carter accuses him of getting friendly with them so he can do something such as arrest them in the middle of the night. He says that Foyle is just a small cog in a government machine. "The real war that is going on at the moment is a class war. The people who are getting slaughtered in France and Africa are being sent there by officers who owe their rank simply to the public schools they attended. We're all being kept in our place and that's why you are here!"

Foyle decides to bring the conversation to an end. He thanks them for the invitation, but says he feels that they'd enjoy their lunch more without his presence. As he rises to leave, Carter says, "You're afraid to be seen with me. Well, you wouldn't be the first."

Foyle politely makes his exit. After a moment, Lucinda follows him. She catches him up in the lobby and apologises for her husband's behaviour, saying that he is a good man who is as much against the Nazis as anyone. She explains that Carter was a journalist but that people call him a defeatist and a communist, and no one will publish what he writes any more. She says that he should not have spoken to Foyle as he did.

Foyle says that it would make his life easier if she and Carter returned to London soon. Lucinda asks if that is a warning. Foyle replies that it is merely a suggestion.


As Foyle passes Sam in the corridor of the police station, he asks how she got on in court and she tells him that Archer got off.

In the office, Milner tells his boss that the wound to his arm is hardly noticeable. He reports that the Department of Labour has no information on Kimble, who has not been issued with an identity card or ration books. Foyle tells him that the address the man gave is non-existent. Milner says that an Ian Kimble has been traced, but that he was born in 1920 and died when he was seventeen.

Foyle revisits the Talbot brothers. Peter tells him that the inventory has been checked and nothing is amiss. Mark says that Kimble didn't clock in that morning, and Foyle replies that he's not surprised, considering that the man's been dead for four years.

When the policeman asks to speak with anyone who works with the man, Mark comments that he can try but no one seems to know him very well. He tells Foyle that Kimble would have provided identity papers when he applied for employment, but they could have been false.

As they talk, an air raid warning sounds and the three men join the workers running to the shelters. Sam and Milner, who are waiting for their boss, also take cover.

In his barracks, Hammond receives a call-out to the shipyard, and mobilises his unit.

The Talbots tell Foyle that a bomb appears to have hit a derelict building that was part of the old shipyard. When Hammond's men arrive, Sam points out that Archer is amongst them. Peter Talbot tells Hammond that the bomb that fell exploded, but the captain says it can't have done or there would be more damage to the building. Before entering the area with Archer and Jones, Hammond insists that all others be kept well back.

Inside the building, the men find the unexploded bomb and identify it as a type sappers nickname Herman. As Hammond climbs up to where it lies amongst wreckage, Jones spots the corner of a five pound note sticking out of a wooden box nearby. He calls Archer over and they find many more notes, some sealed in brown paper bearing an official stamp. They estimate that there are thousands of pounds in the box. Hammond comes over to see what they are looking at. He looks at the notes, looks back at the bomb, and gets an idea.

Outside, Mark Talbot remarks to Foyle that the direct targeting of the shipyard means the workers' lives are in danger and makes a few missing supplies seem like small beer in comparison. Foyle says that he couldn't agree more, but points out that the shipyard owners had told him that there weren't any missing supplies. He says that this is not the time to talk about it, and walks away leaving the brothers looking concerned.

As they walk to the Wolseley, Foyle checks with Milner that he has men posted at the train and bus stations, and the sergeant reports that road blocks have also been set up. Foyle says he wants a list of everyone working in the storeroom. They head back to the station.

Hammond emerges from the derelict building and reports to Mark Talbot that an unexploded 1,000 kilogram bomb has been found. He says that it is a tricky one, having a 28A fuse that the slightest vibration could trigger. When Mark comments that he seems to be taking the incident very lightly, Hammond replies that it's just all in a day's work, and tells Archer to fetch a special key that is used to unlock the bomb's cap, giving access to the fuse. Archer tells Mark that if the key works, they can all go home for tea. When Mark asks what will happen if it doesn't work, Hammond obviously considers a reply superfluous and simply says that he would appreciate it if they would move far away from the area. The Talbot brothers are very unhappy but do as asked.

The man known to Milner as Ian Kimble has gone to ground in a terraced house in Hastings. A woman lets herself into the house, and seeing him, explains that she's home early because there was a raid at the factory. She asks Kimble if he's been at the house all day. On edge, he replies, "Where else am I going to go?" He says he's been thinking that London's the answer, and that Aunt Dot would put him up.

As the woman puts the kettle on to make tea, she warns him that he'll never get out of Hastings because of the checks on road and rail, and says it would be better if he just turned himself in. She says he's been inside before and if he gives himself up this time, they might go easy on him. Kimble then tells her that when the police came after him, he shot one of them. She is shocked. "Bill! I don't believe this. Did you kill him?"

Bill says he doesn't know. The woman tells him that he must stay put, as the police won't be able to find him if they don't know who he is. She says they need to know about the copper and that she knows someone who will tell her.

Hammond, Jones and Archer remove the now disabled bomb from the building into which it fell, transporting the heavy item on a small trailer across the shipyard. The Talbots watch, troubled.


Sam is having a meal with Gwen Rivers and her father in their home. She bemoans the problem of finding something suitable to wear for the wedding. "Eleven coupons for a dress!"

Gwen says that it's still possible to use margarine coupons, but Sam says she doesn't have any left. Gwen offers to ask her mother to make her a dress from butter muslin, the same material to be used for her wedding dress, but Sam is not happy with that idea. She mentions the name of a shop that is said to turn a blind eye (presumably to the lack of coupons), but then Gwen's dad would have to arrest them. Rivers is not amused and says he'll have none of that. Gwen laughs and says that at least they'll have a proper spread because she has obtained permits for the extra food from the Food Office. Her father mutters that half a pound of butter won't go far between twenty guests.

Rivers asks his daughter about her fiancé, saying he thought they were to see him that evening. Gwen says he just didn't turn up and that perhaps he was embarrassed after what happened in the pub, but she is surprised he hasn't called.

Hammond, Archer and Jones sit drinking at a table in the King's Head. Archer mutters, "It was wrong."

Hammond says that it is too late, the three of them have made their decision. Archer repeats that it is wrong. Jones, looking troubled, says he's had enough of it and walks out of the pub, ignoring a protest from Hammond.

On his way back to his billet in the barracks, Jones walks past the end of an alley. As he does so, a car pulls out in front of him and stops. A man approaches from the side, coshes Jones over the head and, with the aid of the car driver, bundles him into the vehicle. The car then drives off at speed.

A nurse by the name of Jenny Wright, pushing her bicycle down the dark street, has seen all.

Next morning.

AC Rose is speaking with the Talbot brothers in their office. He is told that DCS Foyle has visited the shipyard twice, but when he asks if it was about Raymond Carter, learns that it was only about stolen materials. Rose says that he is not there for that reason and the brothers say they are glad to hear it as they think that Foyle was just wasting their time. Rose explains that he is there about Carter, who is a left-wing agitator. The brothers say they know nothing of him.

When Rose asks if they have encountered any industrial unrest, Mark looks at his brother then back to the Assistant Commissioner. He says that there have been some recent developments, and tells of a meeting with Woodgate, one of their shop stewards. Peter remarks that he is a trouble-maker. Mark adds that certain individual workers cause headaches, and Rose asks if he means strikes. Mark replies that strikes have been illegal since Order 1305 the previous year but it doesn't stop them. Peter chips in that one-day strikes and lockouts lose many man hours but there's never been a prosecution.

Mark says that Woodgate hasn't threatened strike action, but he now wants to set up a works committee, and that the way he spoke about it made them feel that he had been influenced by someone else. He asks if Raymond Carter is in Hastings, and when told he is, says that, given the right ammunition, a man like Woodgate could do as much damage to the shipyard as the whole of the Luftwaffe. He adds that Foyle seems to have his head buried in the sand because all he was interested in was a handful of missing supplies.

In the Hastings police station, Nurse Wright describes to Foyle and Milner what she saw the previous night, saying it was like something out of a Jimmy Cagney film. She had not noted the car's registration number.

Milner asks the barman at the King's Head about the visit of the three sappers the night before. The barman mutters about Jones expecting him to be able to change a five pound note. "His old aunt must have left him the yacht, and the castle an' all." He says that the man seemed very upset about something and had left without finishing his pint, so he'd probably had a barney with his mates.

In the shipyard, Gwen Rivers and Joanne Mason, the woman at whose address Kimble is hiding, are busy with their welding tasks. When Gwen gets something in her eye, Joanne stops her work to tend to it. They moan about getting only three quid a week for doing the job.

Joanne takes the opportunity to ask if Gwen knows anything about the stuff being pinched from the storeroom. When Gwen says she hasn't heard about anything like that, Joanne adds that a policeman was shot and as Gwen's father is a policeman she thought she would know about it. Gwen says her father never talks about his work, and when she enquires why Joanne is asking, her work-mate replies that she's just gossiping.

Foyle and Milner talk to Hammond in his barracks. The captain tells them that when he started out in bomb disposal, sappers had a life-expectancy of only seven weeks and that was nine months ago. He says that he was in the Nancy Elsie, the Non-Combatant Labour Corps, because he was a pacifist, but he was a civil engineer before the war and thought he could do bomb disposal work without compromising his beliefs, so he volunteered.

Foyle asks about Jones and is told that the man joined the Royal Engineers thinking it would be safe mending bridges, and had a nasty surprise when he was transferred to bomb disposal.

Hammond says the man's bed wasn't slept in last night and he has no idea where he is. He adds that he thinks Jones's family live in Cumberland and that he has no lady friend because he didn't socialise much after having his hearing damaged by an exploding bomb. Told that Jones was bundled into a car the previous night, Hammond says he can't believe it. He believes the man will show up sometime.

Gwen goes to see her father at the police station, and tells him that she thinks she can help with regard to the business at the shipyard. Rivers is annoyed when Gwen says that Sam told her about it, saying that she has been speaking out of turn.

Sam arrives with Foyle, and Rivers introduces his daughter to his boss. Gwen asks the DCS if she can have a word with him, and he leads her into his office. She tells him about Joanne Mason being unusually friendly and asking questions about the policeman who was shot. Foyle indicates Milner sitting nearby and says it's him. Milner tells her he was lucky, and Gwen says that Joanne certainly didn't know that. "She was asking me questions about Dad, if he knew anything. Sam had told me you were after someone who had been thieving, but it's funny because Joanne knew the stuff had come from the storeroom. Well I didn't know that. No one did. So that set me thinking how could she know?"

Foyle asks if Joanne has a husband or boyfriend working at the yard, and Gwen says she doesn't know her that well but has seen her with a man a couple of times. She describes Kimble.

As they drive to Joanne's home, Milner reads a report that he has on Kimble: real name William Mason, three months hard labour for aggravated burglary and assault, two spells in Borstal.

The car pulls up and Foyle tells Sam to stay put. Joanne answers the door and when Kimble/Mason realises who is calling, he runs out the back way. A constable outside the house impedes his flight and Milner is able to catch him.

Foyle is pleased when he arrives back at the police station, but his pleasure is short lived when Sergeant Rivers announces that AC Rose is sitting in his office.

Rose tells Foyle sharply that he has completely disregarded direct orders, to which Foyle replies, innocently, "Have I?"

Rose says that he was asked to investigate Raymond Carter. When Foyle replies that he has done so, Rose says that he heard it was just a cosy lunch. Foyle explains that there was nothing to investigate, but Rose begs to differ. The AC says he has visited the Talbot Brothers, and Foyle remarks that he has, too. Rose says crossly that what he has seen them about is neither here nor there. "While you've been rummaging around in their store cupboards, they're facing up to a series of strikes which could paralyse their entire shipyard. A shop steward called Derek Woodgate has been in talks with Carter. Their combined bolshie efforts could bring a vital industry to a virtual standstill!"
Foyle queries, "They have that much influence?"

Rose is increasingly agitated. He gets to his feet. "Just remember, please, the communists are just as much our enemies as the Nazis. Now, I want you to drop whatever it is you're doing and deal with this man. Find out about his associates and while you're about it, search his room."

Foyle asks why he should, and Rose angrily replies that they have to find the evidence. "Regulation 18B!" He adds sarcastically, "Detention without charge?"
Foyle remains calm in his response. "I'm aware of the regulation."
Furiously, Rose snaps, "Well, use it!" He snatches open the office door, only to find Sam just about to knock. He barks at her, "Who are you?" When she gives her name and says that she is Mr Foyle's driver, Rose throws a look back at Foyle, says "Ridiculous!" and marches out.

Sam apologises for interrupting, but Foyle says he is glad that she did. She hands him a sheet containing the information about British water-colourists for which he has asked.

Milner examines the area in the derelict shipyard building where the UXB had been defused, and finds two small balls of a soft, putty-like substance.

Foyle returns to the Regency to see Carter. He asks him about photographs of the shipyard that have been found in his hotel room. Carter is disgusted that his room has been searched. He says the business does Foyle no credit, and Foyle agrees with him. Carter says he has not seen the photographs before.

Foyle tells him that being in possession of such photographs would, in normal circumstances, lead to an arrest. Carter asks if that is why he placed them there. Foyle ignores the accusation and continues by simply apologising for having disturbed him. He leaves Carter in a state of puzzlement at not having been arrested.

In the shipyard, Woodgate is addressing a crowd of employees in the yard about the setting up of a workers' committee. Foyle stands listening near the gate, and when the meeting finishes, stops Woodgate as he walks past. He introduces himself and asks if the man has given any photographs of the dockyard to Carter. Woodgate is puzzled and says that he hasn't. He explains that his meeting with Carter had nothing to do with the yard but was personal as he admires what Carter does and is a member of the People's Convention.

Foyle asks how many of the Talbots' workers are union members, and when Woodgate tells him there are 143, comments that it must be roughly half the work force. The shop steward corrects him, saying that there are only 200 people at the shipyard. When asked, Woodgate does not recognise the name Kimble, but confirms that there is a William Mason in supplies. Foyle shows him a piece of paper with a few more names on it and Woodgate picks out two he knows, saying that he has not heard of the others.

As Foyle turns to leave, Woodgate calls him back to say that the Talbots might pretend they are working for the war, but they are raking in the money. He says that they make their employees work long hours and bring in women to pay them half the wage the men receive for the same jobs, and that it's not to help the war effort but just to get rich.

Archer talks urgently with Gwen and tells her that they might have to postpone the wedding. Gwen is alarmed, but he says that something good has happened and if it works out they will be set up for life. He says he can't talk about it and changes the subject by commenting that they still haven't found Ernest. He returns to talk of the wedding plans, but Gwen won't consider a postponement. Archer says that they might have no choice in the matter as it is out of his hands.

Two members of the bomb disposal unit open the back of one of their lorries and discover the dead body of Ernest Jones inside.

In the Hastings station, Foyle receives confirmation from Milner that Mason had no accomplices, but is reminded that his wife works at the shipyard. Milner shows his boss what he found in the area of the UXB and Foyle recognises it as explosive. Milner presumes it is German and comments that it was clumsy of the engineers to have left it behind. He says it indicates that they dismantled the bomb while they were there, but that he had understood them to say that they just removed the fuse and destroyed the bomb later.

Rivers brings news of the finding of Ernest Jones.

Foyle and Milner go to the bomb disposal unit's barracks and view the sapper's body, which has been laid on his bunk. There are bloody marks around the wrists and cigarette burns on the torso. Hammond says he knows of no one who would do that to the man.

As they walk away from the building, Foyle asks about the bomb they dealt with at the dockyard. Hammond explains that the sappers give the bombs names: Fritz is a 1,400 kilogram bomb and Herman is 1,000. He says the Herman had a single fuse and it probably wasn't meant to blow up immediately, as the Germans have realised that a UXB causes more disruption and uncertainly, and undermines civilian morale. He describes the tactic as a war of nerves.

Foyle asks if the bomb was defused. Hammond says it was A1 category, so they had no choice, immediate disposal was essential, detonation in situ being unacceptable. Foyle comments that the bomb was opened up. Hammond stops walking and turns to him, enquiring what made him say that. Milner produces the explosive. Hammond explains that the shell casing had split so the material had probably leaked out. Foyle asks where the bomb is now and is told that it was blown up a few miles down the coast.

As soon as the policemen have left, Archer approaches his captain and says, "We have to tell them."
Hammond replies that it is too late for that and they are going to have to do what they do best – keep their nerve.

At Gwen's home, Sam listens to her friend as she talks about her fiancé's odd behaviour. Gwen dismisses the idea that it could be last minute nerves, so Sam suggests that it might have to do with Sapper Jones. Gwen is distressed to learn that the man was murdered and says that her fiancé knew that something was wrong, and must have been trying to tell her. Sam asks if he could be involved. Gwen is alarmed at the thought and begs Sam not to say anything to Foyle or Rivers.

Gwen's father returns from work, depressed by the knowledge that even in war time, people commit murder. He cannot understand how anyone could do what they did to a man who was a hero and assures his daughter that his boss will find out who did it.


Hammond speaks to the Talbot brothers at the shipyard and says he knows they killed Jones. He warns them that if he is not back in his barracks in twenty minutes, their money will go up in flames. He asks them from where they got the money and why it was in the disused building, but they will not say.

Hammond says that he realises that he should not have taken the money and is prepared to give it back, but he has to be sure he will not end up like Jones. Mark Talbot says that they don't want to harm him, they just want what's theirs. Hammond says that he will return it, minus £100 for himself, £100 for Archer and £50 for Jones's mother, which will buy his silence. He tells the Talbots that he will deliver the money in a suitcase to somewhere safe.

Foyle enters his office to find Rose standing waiting for him. The AC immediately asks if there has been any progress and Foyle replies that there has and that he is now in the middle of a murder enquiry. Rose says that he means progress into the Carter investigation, and is astonished when his subordinate replies, matter-of-factly , "Well, his business, his politics, his whereabouts are of no interest to me. Neither is your involvement with him."
Rose responds crossly, "How dare you speak to me like that!"
Foyle states crisply that he doesn't like his time being wasted and he doesn't like his staff being manipulated, especially when in this case it's for the Commissioner's own personal ends.

Rose asks him what the hell he's talking about and Foyle says that when he first asked that Carter's presence in Hastings be looked into, he knew a great deal more than he was telling.
"I often know more than I tell you, Foyle."
"And vice versa, Commissioner."

Foyle goes on to say that Rose told him that Carter had booked into the Regency with his fiancée Lucinda Sheridan, but the reservation wasn't made until the following day and although the pair are not yet married, it was made in the names of Mr and Mrs Carter. "Miss Sheridan also already knew I was a policeman. Would she have got that from you?"
Rose replies warily, "How would she get that from me?"
"Well, she's your daughter."

Rose cannot argue with that, and makes no reply. He sits down. Foyle explains that Lucinda paints under the name of Sheridan but her surname is actually Rose. He says that he imagines that her marriage to Carter would be something of which the commissioner would not approve. The AC retorts that that is entirely irrelevant, but Foyle says, "Is it? I won't ask how the photographs of the shipyard came to be in his room."
Rose asks what he is implying and Foyle replies that if Carter is in prison he can't marry the AC's daughter.

In a more subdued and somewhat emotional tone, Rose says that he asked him to investigate Carter for precisely the reasons he gave. He considers the man to be a genuine danger to the war effort and says it is wrong of Foyle to think otherwise. He admits that there is a personal connection which he possibly should have mentioned and says that his daughter can be very wayward, and that he believes Carter will lead her further astray.
Foyle remarks that the woman seems very happy with him.
Rose rebukes him. "Well that's none of your business."
Foyle checkmates: "Well, precisely my feeling, which is where I think we came in."

Rose picks up his briefcase and makes to leave, but stops for a moment on his way to the door. Emotionally, he explains that his daughter no longer speaks to him and had changed her name because she didn't want to have anything to do with him, but he still cares about her. "You have a son?"
"How would you feel if he wanted to marry a traitor?"

In the barracks, Archer tells Hammond, who is checking a suitcase, that he shouldn't go. Hammond agrees but says he can't think of any alternative. Archer suggests he go to the police, but the captain says that he doesn't fancy spending the rest of the war on the treadmill at Reading Gaol. Archer looks puzzled and Hammond realises that he doesn't understand the reference. He tells the younger man that if his plan works he will have nothing to worry about and that if it doesn't work, he can say that he was ordered to do what he did. He walks to the door, saying that by two-thirty it will all be over.

Archer calls after him that they shouldn't have done it. Hammond replies that he is right, but it was one of those once in a lifetime moments. He says that it is not so bad for him as he has no family and no wife, but he regrets what it has meant for Jones and Archer. He leaves.

In the police station, Foyle sits at his desk pondering the significance of the two small balls of explosive Milner found. His sergeant comes in and reports that he now knows why no one knew two men who were supposed to be working in the Talbots' storeroom – they both died as children. Foyle thinks for a moment and then announces that they are going to pay another visit to Captain Hammond.

At the barracks, Archer tells Foyle that Hammond left an hour before and that he doesn't know where he went. Foyle mentions the fact that Archer is getting married soon and says that it would be nice if the young man was there. Archer looks puzzled and Foyle explains that there won't be any wedding if he continues to withhold information, as he'll be arrested and probably get a prison sentence. Archer says he hasn't done anything.

Foyle asks where Captain Hammond is, but Archer refuses to answer. Milner arrests him while Sam looks on, sadly.

Back in the station, Foyle asks Archer where the stolen money is. Archer remains stubbornly silent. Foyle explains that the people the money belongs to want it back and Jones was probably killed because he wouldn't tell them where it was. He warns that Archer and Hammond will be next on their list.

Getting nowhere, he goes looking for Sergeant Rivers and finds him sitting with Sam, waiting for news as to what was happening. In some distress, Rivers says that he can't believe that Archer would get mixed up in something like this. Foyle wonders if Archer would talk to Gwen if she were to come to see him, and Sam volunteers to ask her.

Hammond drives into the country to where he has arranged to leave the money.

In the shipyard, Gwen is angry with Sam, thinking that she has been reporting back to her boss. Sam assures her that she hasn't, and says Archer has been arrested because he knows something that they have to find out about. Gwen agrees to go to the station, but she still thinks that Sam is responsible for her fiancé's arrest. She tells her that their friendship is over.

At the station, Gwen persuades Archer to tell Foyle what he wants to know.

Archer admits to Foyle that he, Hammond and Jones took money that they found near the UXB. They opened the bomb, removed all the explosive, stuffed the notes into the chamber and carried the bomb out on the trailer.

Foyle asks where the explosive is and about Hammond's claim to have detonated the bomb somewhere along the coast. Archer says that the unit never detonates bombs, and that Hammond took the explosive, and the money, too. He says the captain has gone to see the Talbots. Foyle asks, "Where?"

Hammond stops his car at a farm.

As Sam drives Foyle and Milner at speed to the area, it is explained to her that the money that had been hidden in the shipyard had been embezzled by the Talbots, who had been claiming wages from the Ministry of Shipping for about 400 people when they had only half that number working for them. Sam asks what will happen to Archer and Foyle replies that it depends on the circumstances.

Hammond, carrying the suitcase, enters a barn and finds the Talbots waiting for him. He climbs onto a pile of hay bales, taking the suitcase with him. He tells the brothers that he used not to be a dishonest man, but then considered the situation. He considers that he and his men were being used as canon fodder with little training and no support. "In the early days we even had to hitch lifts in civilian cars. And how do we find out how the Germans make their bombs? We wait till one of us gets blown up." Hammond says that he saw the money as the opportunity of a lifetime and it didn't look as though his would be that long.

The Talbots demand that the officer hand over the money. When the men who abducted Jones enter the barn and stand on either side of the hay bales, Hammond realises who they must be and asks which one of them killed the sapper. One of the men points a gun in the air to signify that it was he, and Hammond says that he is very glad he is there. He turns back to the Talbots and says he knows they weren't intending to let him go. The man who killed Jones raises his gun again and shoots Hammond in the back. The captain collapses onto his suitcase.

The Wolseley pulls up at the farm, and the occupants alight just as the gun is fired a second time.

Hammond is not yet dead. He looks up at the Talbots and, struggling to talk, asks them if they are not going to check that the money is all there. Peter Talbot climbs onto the hay and releases the catches on the case, unwittingly triggering the bomb that Hammond has set inside.

Foyle, Milner and Sam, nearing the barn, duck as the building explodes in flame.

Later, in the lounge of the Regency Hotel, Foyle buys Sam and Milner a drink. Sam asks if the stolen money went up with the barn. When Milner tells her that Hammond had left it in his quarters, she asks what they did with it. Foyle tells her that they sent it back.
"To the Government?"
"What would you have done with it?"
"Well, I might have kept some. Gwen could have used it for her wedding."
Foyle is amused. "Well… not ours to keep, exactly."
Milner remarks that Gwen is lucky because she's still getting married.

As they talk, Raymond Carter and Lucinda Sheridan enter the lounge. Carter greets Foyle cheerfully and apologises for interrupting, saying that he just wanted to say goodbye.

When Foyle remarks that he is not surprised that they are leaving, and Lucinda says that the news is wonderful, Sam asks what has happened. Milner explains that the Germans have invaded Russia, and Carter further explains that Churchill has promised to help the Russian people, so it seems that they are all on the same side. Lucinda says it is a turning point, as Stalin has over seven million men. Carter says that Hitler has over-reached himself, so the war cannot last much longer. He explains that he and Lucinda are returning to London. Shaking Foyle by the hand, he wishes him good luck, and Foyle reciprocates.

As the couple leave, Sam wonders aloud, "Can it be possible? The end of the war?"
Foyle remarks, "It would be nice to think so."
Sam reaches for her glass. "Well, I'm going to drink to it anyway. Over by Christmas?"
Milner reminds her that they said that last Christmas, so she qualifies it. "All right, then – New Year?"
Foyle smiles. "New Year!"

The three clink their glasses, and drink.

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