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It is the evening of May 21, 1943. With resistance mounting on all fronts, it appears that the Second World War is finally reaching a turning point. The staff of the Swiss Army's Fourth Division is quartered in the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne. You are serving your country as Lieutenant and Head of the Weather Service.
In this role, the Head of Staff has assigned you the following duty with the following words: «Lieutenant, as you know, tomorrow morning between the hours of nine and eleven there is to be a review of the recent manoeuvre by the Second Army Corps.
Present at the meeting will be all the senior officers from captain to divisional commander, plus Lieutenant General Prisi in overall command. I will expect you to be on the hotel's roof terrace at 05:45 to deliver the weather forecast. We need a clear view and no rain.»
A major military summit is about to take place, comparable with the memorable gathering three years prior at which General Henri Guisan delivered his historic «Rütlirapport» speech. The General has also been a guest at the Schweizerhof, by the way.
This highly responsible assignment leaves you