British Intelligence in the Second World War, vol.1 by FH Hinsley

By FH Hinsley

The 1st quantity of the this well-known background covers the education of the united kingdom for the intelligence battle of 1939 -1945. even supposing later within the battle the British intelligence process could dominate that of the Germany it began good in the back of. In 1939 the British had little perception into Enigma, the organisational constitution for intelligence collecting was once fragmentmented and the total attempt less than funded.

This first quantity outlines the stairs and activities taken to create an Intellingence process that will be moment to none in WWII

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Pp 30-3 1 t See below, 22. CAB 53/5, COS 61 st CAB File 1 Meeting, 13 January 1936; CAB 2/6, CID 273rd Meeting, June 93914/31/16, paper ICF/279/B of 23. AIR 41/6, Photographic Reconnaissance, Vol I, Part 1:2. February 1937; Memorandum by 24. See, eg, 223/84, NID 0135/37 of 30 January 1936; ADM Admiral Sir William James. 1 1 1 1 28 The Organisation of Intelligence at the Outbreak of War doubted, however, whether this was the main cause of delay after 1937, as it had undoubtedly been before 1935.

1 1 1 9 The Organisation of combined. He Intelligence at the Outbreak of 1 admitted, however, that the amalgamation of 'three secretive organisations. cannot be brought about and very distinct War . hurry having regard to the peculiar nature of the matters dealt with and the importance of not disturbing the relationships which exist'; and the proposal was not considered at the Secret Service Committee meetings in 921. 16 In 1925 and 1927, when the Secret Service Committee again reviewed intelligence arrangements, it was the turn of a new CSS to press for amalgamation under his own control.

ATB reports thereafter represented an important part of the economic intelligence reaching the CID. A second co-ordinating body in this field had by then been created. In 1929 the Secretaries of State for War and Air, whose departments were not represented on the ATB Committee, asked the CID to establish machinery for the study of industrial mobilisation in foreign countries, and for this purpose the CID appointed a sub-committee of itself, the Industrial Intelligence in Foreign Countries SubCommittee (FCI), with a chairman from the Department of Overseas Trade and a membership which included the DDMO and I and the end of 1925 D of O and Like the I Air Ministry.

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