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

By FH Hinsley

The 1st quantity of the this well-known background covers the practise of the united kingdom for the intelligence struggle of 1939 -1945. even supposing later within the conflict the British intelligence method could dominate that of the Germany it began good at the back of. In 1939 the British had little perception into Enigma, the organisational constitution for intelligence amassing was once fragmentmented and the complete attempt less than funded.

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

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In March 938 the Air Ministry announced, apparently unilaterally, that as well as being responsible for taking photographs for all three Services, it would be responsible via its intelligence branch for all photographic 1 * See Appendix 2. The Organisation of 30 Intelligence at the Outbreak of War interpretation. 26 In fact, however, all the Service intelligence branches maintained their attempts to interpret photographs for themselves, for their different operational purposes, when Cotton's results, which in any case infringed the RAF's monopoly in taking photographs, added to the peace-time trickle of material on which to work; and it was not until after the outbreak of war that an inter-Service unit for this specialised work, based on Cotton's pioneering activities, was organised.

See, for example, the naval intercept stations. 1 16/4080 for teleprinter links between GC and CS and ' The Organisation of Intelligence at the Outbreak of War 25 of war, they worked out during the next 18 months separate compromise agreements in which they safeguarded this responsibility while conceding that GC and CS, by retaining Service sections, should continue to be an inter-departmental organisation in war-time to a greater extent than they had originally intended. As late as the beginning of 939 the Admiralty, considering that the dress rehearsal move of GC and CS to Bletchley during the Munich crisis had not worked well, decided that on mobilisation the whole of GC and CS's Naval Section should move to the Admiralty or go overseas.

In the United Kingdom, to take another example, the naval stations were occupied to the extent of 50 per cent on non-naval communications, while of the strategic communications of the German Air Force a large part was intercepted by the War Office on the assumption, which lasted until 1939, that it was German Army traffic. In the same way, the influence of the Service departments on the cryptanalytical priorities adopted at GC and CS took second place to that exerted by the technical possibilities and demands of the colonial authorities in Italy intercepting Italian Air Force cryptanalytical situation.

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