The Naxos Prototype


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A photo of the Naxos Prototype as seen in the mission briefing slide show before the second mission in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

The photo of the Kriegsmarine’s Naxos radar detector as show by Col. Hargrove in the pre-mission slideshow.

After setting foot in Trondheim, Norway, Lt. Mike Powell watched helplessly as Maj. Jack Grillo, his comrade in arms, was gunned down. He fought off dogs and men alike in his quest to steal secret documents.

Now, he’s in a locker room in the largest Kriegsmarine base in Northern Europe, facing his toughest challenge yet: impersonating a German officer as he seeks to destroy a radar detector prototype and scuttle a U-boat.

Of course, there are two ways to go about this. Powell can impersonate the officer and not stir up trouble, or he can go on a rampage and kill everyone in his way. That’s a discussion for another day, but for now, he’s going to play it straight and not cause any more damage than he has to.

As Powell makes his way through the base, the only challenge he faces are German sentries who wish to see his identification papers. With the exception of the acrobatic German soldiers (an easter egg that causes two soldiers to perform backflips, handstand pushups and the kazatsky, a Cossack dance step – 3:45 in this video), not much happens in the first part of this mission.

A screenshot photo of Lt. Powell killing the three Naxos scientists before destroying the prototype in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (MOHAA).

Lt. Powell must eliminate the three scientists, or else they’ll blow his cover before he can complete his mission.

Once Powell reaches the Naxos lab, where an overly excited scientist asks a series of questions before returning to his work, which is apparently to look thoughtfully at an empty counter and move his hands around a lot. After the initial interaction, the three scientists in the room go about their work until Powell unholsters his weapon to destroy the prototype (sadly, there is no way to “accidentally” break the prototype, which would have been amusing). Each scientist is packing a Walther P38, so they must be killed, lest they sound the alarm.

According to uboat.net, Naxos was ready for use by the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe in September 1943. Lt. Powell destroys the prototype on Feb. 12, 1943, in order to prevent U-boat “wolf packs” from attacking boats in the Atlantic with impunity. Due to the crash of a British Stirling bomber in the Netherlands, the Germans knew that the Allies were using radar with a wavelength of 10cm – the length Naxos was built to detect – on Feb. 2, 1943, but it is unknown when this information reached the Kriegsmarine.

When the Naxos was finally fitted to U-boats in late 1943, the British had already begun using radar with a wavelength of 3cm, which the Naxos could not detect. If it is assumed that the information about the 10cm radar reached the Kriegsmarine soon after the plane crash, Powell’s mission is plausible. However, for the Germans to have such extensive research within 10 days of the crash seems unlikely, so while the Naxos was real, and the information correct, it seems as if the timing of this mission is a little too early to be historically accurate.

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~ by John on November 26, 2010.

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