In her mind, she saw a map of Germany. Hamburg was where the Elbe River flowed into the North Sea. Toward the end of World War II, that route would have been too dangerous. The Allies were waiting for any ship coming out of Germany.
North of Berlin was the Baltic Sea. True, the ship or the submarine would have to circle Denmark, but once the ship was in the North Sea, it would be looking at the North Atlantic, a body of water large enough to provide an escape route.
Why do I think ships?
The reason was obvious. Gold bullion was heavy, which meant they had to use ships for transportation out of Europe.
No other way seems viable.
To her, using ships was a no-brainer because of the weight of the bullion. No other means except water could transport such a heavy load out of Germany.
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