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25 CHAR 1/394/71-72 Note from Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] to CSC, on gossip in Westerham [Kent] about a proposed visit to Chartwell by WSC, undertaking to tell the Military Authorities to ensure that the Chartwell Guard were warned not to gossip, pointing out that the information must have come from the staff at Chartwell, and that the staff should not mention such visits, even to the Guard; also on an extractor for the kitchen at Chartwell. 27 May 1941
25 CHAR 1/394/73 Note from CSC to Commander Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC], stating that the town of Westerham [Kent] was "seething" with the news that WSC would be spending the weekend at Chartwell, and that there was considerable disappointment when only she arrived; asking him to ensure that the Company Commander instructed his men not to discuss any proposed visit in the public houses and canteen in Westerham [initialled by CSC]. 27 May 1941
25 CHAR 1/397B/143 Letter from WSC to Sir Ernley Blackwell, [Legal Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Home Office], on the cancellation of his United States lecture tour, because of the possibility of a General Election, [and the death threat from the Ghadr Indian Revolutionary Party], suggesting that the Home Office keep a close watch on the young Indians in London, as they would certainly be in a bad mood when the Round Table Conference reached its inevitable breakdown. [Carbon]. 03 Sep 1931
25 CHAR 1/397B/145 Letter from Sir Ernley Blackwell [Legal Assistant Under- Secretary of State], Home Office, to WSC, with notification that the "Ghada" [Ghadr] Indian Revolutionary Party were making plans for an attempt on WSC's life during his autumn tour of the United States, and asking for details of his movements. 27 Aug 1931
25 CHAR 1/399A/50-54 Memorandum by the [? Indian Police] sent to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Special Branch, Metropolitan Police, on the Ghadr Indian revolutionary party, active in California, which had threatened to kill WSC during his lecture tour of the United States. [Typescript]. 22 Nov 1931
25 CHAR 2/126/58 Circular letter from George Springfield, executive chairman of the Institute of Journalists and H M Richardson, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists (The Institute of Journalists, Tudor Street, London) to WSC asking him, as a member of the executive of the English Speaking Union, to support the claim to compensation of Mrs Stan Harding, a journalist who was imprisoned for espionage by the Soviet government in Russia as a result of a false charge by Marguerite Harrison, a treacherous agent of the United States government. 06 Nov 1923
25 CHAR 2/152/60-65 Statement by Sir William Joynson-Hicks [later Lord Brentford] on the discovery by the Government of documents showing that the Russian trade delegation has been used as a cover for subversive activities in Britain by Soviet agents. Another copy at CHAR 2/152/66-71. Another version at CHAR 2/152/72-82. [1927]
25 CHAR 2/169/41 Letter from Stuart Atherley (London General Press, 6 Bouverie Street, London) to WSC enclosing a photograph of a document once belonging to Captain Sidney Reilly of the British Intelligence Service [not present] and asking for advice on whether it should appear in Reilly's published memoirs. 30 Oct 1930
25 CHAR 2/169/43 Letter from Desmond Morton (3 Beaufort Gardens [London]) to WSC thanking him for informing him that [Captain Sidney] Reilly's memoirs may be published. He suggests that WSC should write to Stuart Atherley asking to see a copy of the manuscript before it is published and discusses the possibility of using the Official Secrets Act ("but an unscrupulous publisher with legal advice can, I fear, drive a coach and horses through that"). He expresses regret that he had not been able to visit Chartwell for dinner. Signed typescript with manuscript additions. 03 Nov 1930
25 CHAR 2/169/44 Letter from Desmond Morton (3 Beaufort Gardens [London]) to WSC [discussing the publication of Captain Sidney Reilly's memoirs]. He reports that the London General Press is a "hole and corner establishment" and that "no one reputable" has heard of Stuart Atherley; recommends that WSC should write to Stuart Atherley to see a copy of the manuscript; and expresses concern at the possibility that Atherley may posses secret information. Signed typescript with manuscript additions. 04 Nov 1930
25 CHAR 2/169/45 Letter to [Stuart Atherley] indicating WSC's willingness to see a copy of the manuscript [of Captain Sidney Reilly's memoirs]. Carbon typescript copy. 05 Nov 1930
25 CHAR 2/266A-B Public and Political: General: Defence: Correspondence etc. 12 Jan 1936 - 27 Nov 1936
25 CHAR 2/267 Public and Political: General: Defence: Correspondence etc. 09 Feb 1920 - 28 Dec 1936
25 CHAR 2/268 Public and Political: General: Defence: Memoranda etc. 14 Feb 1936 - 26 Oct 1936
25 CHAR 2/269 Public and Political: General: Minister for Co-ordination of Defence: Correspondence with. 14 May 1936 - 23 Nov 1936
25 CHAR 2/271 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing-Commander Anderson. 20 May 1936 - 24 Nov 1936
25 CHAR 2/272 Public and Political: General: Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm. 11 Feb 1936 - 21 Dec 1936
25 CHAR 2/274 Public and Political: General: Germany: Rearmament intelligence. 07 Mar 1936 - 16 Nov 1936
25 CHAR 2/275 Public and Political: General: Germany: Political intelligence. 24 Jan 1936 - 24 Dec 1936
25 CHAR 2/276 Public and Political: General: Germany: Economic intelligence - Ernest Meyer and Bernhard Reichenbach. 05 May 1936 - 07 Dec 1936
25 CHAR 2/277 Public and Political: General: Germany: Economic intelligence - Sir Henry Strakosch. 27 Mar 1936 - 30 Nov 1936
25 CHAR 2/280 Public and Political: General: Rearmament: Plessey Company Limited. 05 May 1936 - 30 Oct 1936
25 CHAR 2/281 Public and Political: Royal Commission on the Private Manufacture of and Trading in Arms. 07 Nov 1935 - 25 Feb 1936
25 CHAR 2/293 Public and Political: General: Pamphlets. Feb 1936 - Jul 1936
25 CHAR 2/295 Public and Political: General: Correspondence. Jun 1936 - 30 Mar 1937
25 CHAR 2/296A-B Public and Political: General: Correspondence. 10 Jan 1935 - 30 Jun 1937
25 CHAR 2/302 Public and Political: General: Defence: Correspondence and papers. 09 Jan 1937 - 23 Feb 1938
25 CHAR 2/303 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing Commander Anderson. 27 Jan 1937 - 07 Jul 1937
25 CHAR 2/304 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing Commander Anderson. 22 Oct 1935 - 23 Dec 1937
25 CHAR 2/307 Public and Political: General: Germany: Political Intelligence and Rearmament. 08 Jan 1937 - 09 Dec 1937
25 CHAR 2/310 Public and Political: General: Defence: Inventions and Suggestions. 22 Dec 1936 - 28 Dec 1937
25 CHAR 2/331 Public and Political: General: Correspondence. 01 Aug 1938 - 30 Sep 1938
25 CHAR 2/334 Public and Political: General: Correspondence. 16 Oct 1938 - 31 Dec 1938
25 CHAR 2/336 Public and Political: General: Defence. 08 Jan 1938 - [1940]
25 CHAR 2/338 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing Commander Anderson. 13 Dec 1937 - 17 Dec 1938
25 CHAR 2/339 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Group Captain Maclean. 04 Feb 1938 - 22 Dec 1938
25 CHAR 2/340A-B Public and Political: General: Germany and the European Situation: Memoranda. 19 Aug 1937 - 23 Nov 1938
25 CHAR 2/341 Public and Political: General: Germany: Military Intelligence. 10 Jan 1937 - 02 Sep 1938
25 CHAR 2/357A-B Public and Political: General: Correspondence. 12 Dec 1938 - 27 Feb 1939
25 CHAR 2/371A-B Public and Political: General: Defence. 06 Nov 1936 - 20 Jan 1942
25 CHAR 2/372 Public and Political: General: Air Defence: Wing-Commander Anderson. 01 Mar 1939 - 13 Nov 1939
25 CHAR 2/374 Public and Political: General: Germany: Military and Economic Intelligence. 22 Feb 1939 - 15 Jun 1939
25 CHAR 2/386 Public and Political: General: correspondence with or about Emery Reves [earlier Imre Revesz]. Sep 1939 - Sep 1941
25 CHAR 7/105 Political: Constituency, Woodford [Essex] Election: correspondence and material. 25 May 1945 - 23 Aug 1945
25 CHAR 8/306 Literary: Various correspondence. 1932
25 CHAR 8/316 Literary: Articles. 1932
25 CHAR 8/319 Literary: "Thoughts and Adventures.". 1932
25 CHAR 8/570 Literary: articles: Evening Standard 2. 13 May 1937 - 03 Sep 1937
25 CHAR 8/649 Literary: Sunday Dispatch articles by WSC: 3. Dec 1939
25 CHAR 8/693 Literary: Sunday Dispatch articles by WSC: 4. 01 Jun 1941 - 06 Jul 1941
25 CHAR 13/1/25 Minute from WSC (Admiralty) to Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary], on a bundle of reports sent to him by Captain Vernon Kell of the War Office Secret Service [MO5 later MI5], showing that Britain was the subject of a minute and scientific study by the German military and naval authorities and that "no other nation in the world pays us such attention"; WSC asks Grey to show the reports to David Lloyd George [Chancellor of the Exchequer], concluding that Kell is "thoroughly trustworthy and competent", and that a good deal more information was accumulating through the warrant that WSC had issued as Home Secretary for the inspection of correspondence. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC, and annotated by Sir Edward Grey]. 22 Nov 1911
25 CHAR 13/1/48 Letter from Sir Edward Grey [Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office) to WSC on the Admiralty's wish to make a draft of 1,000 pounds on the Secret Service Fund; he adds that Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell [Director of Naval Intelligence] has been told of the limited amount of the Fund and that further expenditure has to be agreed with the Foreign Office. Grey asks WSC not to commit them to any further expenditure until Bethell has arranged matters, and in a postscript, explains that he does not want to undo anything, but only "to prevent future difficulties." [Manuscript; filed separately]. 12 Dec 1911
25 CHAR 13/1/65 Letter from WSC (Admiralty), to 1st Lord Haldane [Secretary of State for War], on evidence collected by Captain Vernon Kell, [of MO5, later MI5] of German espionage in Britain, suggesting that it should be submitted to the legal authorities, as he might be required to make public statements about it, and about the arming of merchant ships. [Hand-written copy, in pencil, initialled by WSC]. 15 Jan 1912
25 CHAR 13/4/2 Minute from WSC, to [Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell], Director of Naval Intelligence, asking for his views on the establishment of a wireless station in the Shetland Islands; also asking if it would be worth putting a small torpedo base there and about German influence in the islands. [Hand-written, initialled by WSC]. 31 Oct 1911
25 CHAR 13/4/3-6 Minute from Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence, to WSC stating that there was no real necessity for a wireless station in the Shetland Islands, as it would be the wartime base of the 7th Cruiser Squadron, which was equipped with wireless; also stating that a base would cost around 9,000 pounds and require a force of 25 men to defend it. Bethell adds that German influence was not very marked in the islands, and that very few German ships had visited there since 1904; includes attached report on the number and distribution of the population and a list of ships to have visited Lerwick since 1909. 02 Nov 1911
25 CHAR 13/4/12-15 Admiralty memorandum on movements of the German High Seas Fleet, July - November 1911. [Typescript]. [Nov] [1911]
25 CHAR 13/4/19-20 Admiralty memorandum on the movements of the German High Seas Fleet during the Moroccan negotiations, September - November 1911 [over Agadir]. [unsigned manuscript]. [Nov] [1911]
25 CHAR 13/4/21-24 Admiralty memorandum on German naval construction, particularly the new Navy Law, allowing for three capital ships, 15,000 men and 13,000,000 pounds spending. [Typescript, with ms annotations]. [Nov] [1911]
25 CHAR 13/6A/78 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], asking for a comparison of expenditure on the first instalments of the British and German 1914-15 naval programmes. [Carbon]. 07 Jan [1914]
25 CHAR 13/6A/246 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], correcting a paper on the strengths of the British [? and German] fleets. [Carbon]. 21 May [1914]
25 CHAR 13/6B/252-258 Letter from Rear-Admiral David Beatty [Commander, 1st Battle Cruiser Squadron], on the situation in the North Sea and defences for the naval bases, suggesting that Rear- Admiral John de Robeck [Admiral of Patrols] should be put in charge of countering the submarine and mine menace, with more disciplined forces; he also suggests that if the Scapa Flow [Orkney, Scotland] anchorage were to be used again, steps should be taken to deal with the spies there, with the introduction of martial law. [Incomplete typescript copy]. [1914]
25 CHAR 13/6B/466-468 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary, Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], the 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], the Chief of Staff [Sir Henry Jackson] and the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on the likelihood that German land pressure on the Netherlands would be irresistible in a war, and that the country would be "compelled to go with Germany openly or covertly". WSC states that everything should be done to promote good relations with the Netherlands, but that no military reliance should be placed on her, and stresses the importance of secrecy in war plans, stating that the Committee of Imperial Defence is not the proper means of dealing with them. [Carbon]. 19 May [1913]
25 CHAR 13/11/67-68 Letter from Admiral Sir Berkeley Milne [Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean], (HMS Inflexible, Mediterranean Station), to WSC, enclosing an extract from a report by one of his captains, on a conversation with a German naval captain on a possible naval agreement between Germany and Austria on combined action against Russia. 14 Dec 1912 - 26 Dec 1912
25 CHAR 13/12/36 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on training of Greek naval officers in Britain. WSC states that Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr [Vice-Admiral Commanding the Greek Navy] should be warned that the instruction and assistance being given to the Greek Navy was not intended to place them on the same level of naval science as Britain, and that the refinements of British gunnery, torpedo and submarine courses should not be disclosed, as information imparted to the Greek Government or the Greek Navy could be transmitted to Germany. [Carbon]. 19 Aug [1912]
25 CHAR 13/13/1 Minute from WSC [(Admiralty)], to the 1st Sea Lord, [Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman], on training of Greek naval officers in Britain: stating that Rear-Admiral Mark Kerr [Vice- Admiral Commanding the Greek Navy] should be warned that the instruction and assistance being given to the Greek Navy was not intended to place them on the same level of naval science as Britain, and that the refinements of British gunnery, torpedo and submarine courses should not be disclosed, as information imparted to the Greek Government or the Greek Navy could be transmitted to Germany. [Carbon]. 19 Aug [1912]
25 CHAR 13/13/84-86 Minute by WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to an unknown correspondent, enclosing a memorandum by the Chief of Staff, Admiralty [? Sir Henry Jackson], on the importance of developing the Territorial Forces in the Orkney and Shetland Isles [Scotland], to counter German influence and protect a naval wireless station on the Shetlands. WSC requests that the memorandum be shown to General Sir John French [Chief of Imperial General Staff, later 1st Lord Ypres]. [Carbon]. 25 Sep 1912
25 CHAR 13/13/101-102 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty [Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell], asking for comment on a letter from "Captain" Tupper, one of the most violent and competent of the strike leaders in the ports in 1912, who had written to WSC about espionage in the ports. WSC asks Bethell to meet Tupper and not to hand him over to Commander Mansfield Cumming [of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6]. [Carbon]. 01 Oct 1912
25 CHAR 13/13/135-143 Minute from Rear-Admiral Alexander Bethell, Director of Naval Intelligence, to WSC, on the naval construction programme, 1912-1919, necessary to maintain Britain's 60 per cent superiority over the German navy. [Carbon]. 28 Nov [1912]
25 CHAR 13/14/9-12 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] offering congratulations on his "splendid memorandum", which was "Napoleonic in its audacity and Cromwellian in its thoroughness". Fisher advises WSC not to spend money on major repairs to ships, as they went out of date so quickly, but to build new; he states that he once told the German Naval Attache that he could arrange for him to steal plans for ships more than a year old, and alleges that the Attache had paid 500 pounds for documents left out on purpose. Fisher also alleges that his messenger used to sort through his waste paper basket, but states that he did not "run him in" as he was a "patriot without knowing it". Fisher also comments on J L Garvin's appointment as Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette. [See CHAR 13/16/5-6 for typescript copy]. 10 Jan 1912
25 CHAR 13/16/5-6 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] offering congratulations on his "splendid memorandum", which was "Napoleonic in its audacity and Cromwellian in its thoroughness". Fisher advises WSC not to spend money on major repairs to ships, as they went out of date so quickly, but to build new; he states that he once told the German Naval Attache that he could arrange for him to steal plans for ships more than a year old, and alleges that the Attache had paid 500 pounds for documents left out on purpose. Fisher also alleges that his messenger used to sort through his waste paper basket, but states that he did not "run him in" as he was a "patriot without knowing it". Fisher also comments on J L Garvin's appointment as Editor of the Pall Mall Gazette. [Typescript copy. See CHAR 13/14/9-12 for original]. 10 Jan 1912
25 CHAR 13/19/77-78 Letter from Vice-Admiral Lewis Bayly [Commander, 3rd Battle Squadron] (68 Ebury Street, [London]) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on German intelligence in Britain. 20 Apr 1913
25 CHAR 13/27B/46 Report from Lieutenant-Commander Aubrey Tillard (HMS Larne) to Captain (D), 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, reporting a conversation between Sub-Lieutenant C N Pulford and Mr Duncan, Dockmaster at Aberdeen [Scotland], stating Duncan's opinion that the Germans had a store of mines in Iceland, and that German trawlers were manned by naval crews and engaged in minelaying. [Carbon copy]. 25 Sep 1914
25 CHAR 13/28/64-67 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [1st Sea Lord] to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on his meeting with an Italian officer, recently in Berlin [Germany], who reported that the Germans were planning a series of raids on the coast, similar to the raid on Scarborough [Yorkshire]. Fisher also comments on the escape of the German cruiser Dresden following the Battle of the Falkland Islands. [Hand-written, with typescript copy]. 19 Dec 1914
25 CHAR 13/29/151 Minute from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], to the Secretary [Sir (William) Graham Greene] and the Director of the Intelligence Division [Captain (William) Reginald Hall], on the searchlight on the roof of Sir Arthur Bignold's house overlooking a fleet anchorage. WSC asks for a report on Bignold, his guests, friends and servants, and rumours of aircraft activity in the area. [Carbon; Bignold had houses at Loch Rosque castle, Ross-shire, Scotland, Strathbran Lodge, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty, and Cabuie Lodge, Achanalt, Ross-shire]. 19 Sep 1914
25 CHAR 13/30/22 Report by Hugh Miller, paymaster of HMS Arethusa, on information obtained from a German officer on the action off Heligoland [Germany]: sent on by Commodore Reginald Tyrwhitt. [Printed for circulation to the Cabinet, Dec 1914]. 27 Nov 1914 - 30 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/35/39 Telegram from Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleets [Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, on his suspicions of a German base in either the Hebrides or Skye [Inverness-shire, Scotland]: Jellicoe requests a thorough search, reporting that he had given orders that no telegrams detailing movements of ships be accepted. 19 Dec 1914
25 CHAR 13/35/49 Telegram from British Naval Attache (Petrograd), to Admiralty, reporting that the Russian Admiralty had acquired several German signal books and cyphers: he suggests that a British cruiser or destroyer be sent to Russia to collect copies; includes Admiralty responses. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
25 CHAR 13/37/5 Telegram from Captain MacIlwaine, fitting out ships at Harland and Wolff, Belfast [Northern Ireland] to Admiralty, reporting that Sir Otto Jaffe, a prominent German Jew, was a suspected spy. MacIlwaine alleges that Jaffe had made an exhaustive report to the German Government on Belfast, and that he had been seen spying on ships fitting out "from an unusual place of observation". [Carbon]. 04 Dec 1914
25 CHAR 13/39/2 Telegram from Admiralty to Various Intelligence Officers, reporting that experience of the first two months of war showed that no increase in loss of merchant shipping was incurred by keeping trade routes open, and stressing the importance of keeping trade going. Initialled by Edward Heaton-Ellis [Assistant Director of Intelligence Division], Richard Webb [Director of Trade Division] and Vice- Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 16 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/39/65 Telegram from the Intelligence Department, Cairo War Office [Egypt], to Admiralty, reporting an interview with a Greek doctor, who had served as a Turkish officer in the Mosul Army Corps, giving the views of German officers as imparted to Turkish officers, on the British bombardment of the Dardanelles, a possible Turkish attack on Egypt, and fears of a British attack at Alexandretta [Iraq]. Includes telegrams between Admiral Sir Henry Jackson, Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver, Chief of Staff, and WSC, on the possibilities of action against Alexandretta. [Carbon]. 13 Nov 1914 - 18 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/40/26 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on a report from [Sir Henry Lowther], British Minister at Copenhagen [Denmark], on enemy ships and news that the Germans intended to conduct a long and strenuous submarine campaign in the North Sea. 14 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/40/45 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, stating that the Grand Fleet may use an anchorage in the Hebrides [Scotland], giving "grave suspicions" of a German base in Hebrides or Skye, requesting a thorough search, and the establishment of censorship of telegrams and letters. [Carbon]. 19 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/40/51 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, reporting that the presence of the Dutch fishing fleet on the Dogger Bank could be used by the Germans. He suggests that the Dutch Government be asked to prevent wireless being carried, and to send patrol vessels to enforce this. [Carbon]. 22 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/40/55 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], to Admiralty, regretting that he could not spare ships for a patrol north of the Faroe Islands, and asking for one or two additional armed liners. Includes note that this was in reply to an Admiralty telegram stating that an attempt might be made to bring military supplies to Germany via Scandinavia and the Faroes. [Carbon]. 22 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/41/8 Minute by WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty to the Secretary of the Admiralty [Sir (William) Graham Greene], 1st Sea Lord [Prince Louis of Battenberg, earlier Lord Milford Haven], Chief of Staff [Vice-Admiral Sir (Frederick) Doveton Sturdee] and Admiral Sir Edmond Slade on a cutting from the New York Evening World, which expressed resentment that a British cruiser was hovering off the port. WSC gives instructions that patrolling cruisers should normally keep 8 to 10 miles away from New York [United States], only closing in when there was special need, and never infringing the three mile limit, but ordering the closest watch by secret service agents on the Hamburg-American liners. [Carbon]. 26 Oct 1914
25 CHAR 13/41/92 Telegram from British Naval Attache (Petrograd), to Admiralty, reporting that the Russian Admiralty had acquired several German signal books and cyphers: he suggests that a British cruiser or destroyer be sent to Russia to collect copies; includes Admiralty responses. [Carbon]. 06 Sep 1914
25 CHAR 13/41/106 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, reporting that the Grand Fleet's sweep on 10 September was probably reported to the Germans by a complete cordon of apparently neutral fishing boats established about 150 miles from Heligoland [Germany]: Jellicoe suggests that the Dogger Bank Patrol take some of them into harbour for a strict search for wireless gear, and proposes a similar sweep further south to search for mines. [Carbon]. 14 Sep 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/3 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, on banning British and neutral trawlers from fishing in the North Sea. [Carbon]. 01 Dec 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/16 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], passing on a report from the Intelligence Officer at St John's, Newfoundland [Canada], that the British Consul-General in New York [United States] had been informed confidentially by Herman Rusder, that a German Cruiser Squadron intended to strike somewhere in the North Atlantic within a few days. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Sir [Frederick] Doveton Sturdee [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 03 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/102 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], reporting intelligence from a very trustworthy source in Denmark, on indications of a sortie by the German Fleet, or a part of it, with the object of enabling a fleet of fast cruisers to get into the Atlantic. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 15 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/141 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the internment of the German minelayer Berlin in Norway, and the possibility that the British fleet was to have been decoyed into a minefield laid by the Berlin. Initialled by WSC and Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 22 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/160 Telegram from the French Ministry of Marine to the French Naval Attache, (London), reporting that they had sent agents to Spain, to obtain information about possible operations of minelayers and trawlers. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/162 Telegram from the French Naval Attache, (London) to the French Ministry of Marine, on reports that the Germans intended to make use of the Spanish coasts for sowing mines in the Strait of Gibraltar and along the south coast of Spain; the Attache suggests that a French ship should visit the Spanish ports to help Spanish destroyers keep a lookout. [Carbon]. 26 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/163 Telegram from Admiralty to the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe], on the desirability of using Kirkwall [Orkney Islands, Scotland] rather than Lerwick [Shetland Islands] for the examination of neutral ships, as it facilitated negotiations with neutral powers. The telegram also details precautions for preventing neutral ships at Kirkwall from acquiring information. Initialled by Vice-Admiral Henry Oliver [Chief of Staff]. [Carbon]. 27 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/42/165 Telegram from the Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] to Admiralty, suggesting that if any of the three battle cruisers [? in the South Atlantic] took part in an action, their name and class should be suppressed, so that the enemy would not be aware of the depletion of the Battle Cruiser Squadron in the North Sea. [Carbon]. 27 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/43/145-148 Letter from Admiral Lord Charles Beresford (Great Cumberland Place, London) to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] on rumours that the Germans had taken a monastery close to Point de Galle in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka], disguising themselves as Buddhist priests. Includes covering note from Edward Heaton-Ellis [Assistant Director of Intelligence Division, Admiralty War Staff] stating that action had been taken. 29 Aug 1914 - 01 Nov 1914
25 CHAR 13/44/2 Letter from Friedrich von Bulow, representative of the Krupp Works, to WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty], on his arrest on a charge of espionage, asking to be released from his parole, and to be allowed to return to Germany. 16 Aug 1914
25 CHAR 13/44/56-57 Minute from Rear-Admiral Henry Oliver, Director of the Intelligence Division, Admiralty, to WSC, First Lord of the Admiralty, on the case of Friedrich von Bulow, representative of the Krupp Works in Britain, who had been arrested on a charge of espionage and had appealed to WSC to be allowed to return to Germany [see CHAR 13/44/2]. Oliver states that Krupps maintained a system of espionage and that von Bulow was implicated in it, or knew about it; also that he had consulted Major Vernon Kell [Directorate of Military Intelligence, War Office] who strongly advised that von Bulow should not be allowed to return to Germany, and that he agreed with Kell that von Bulow should be held until harmless British subjects in Germany were released, or at least exchanged for a British prisoner. [Annotated with "Hold him WSC" and a note replying to von Bulow's appeal]. 18 Aug 1914
25 CHAR 13/46/7-8 Letter from WSC [First Lord of the Admiralty] to the Commander-in-Chief, Grand Fleet [Admiral Sir John Jellicoe] on the need to rest the fleets and flotillas to conserve strength, and stressing the great importance of capturing the island of Borkum [Germany] to provide an overseas base for British submarines. WSC also comments on using "priceless information" [intercepted and decoded German naval signals; these comments were deleted before the letter was sent]. [Hand-written copy, with typed transcript]. 04 Jan 1915
25 CHAR 13/47/34-35 Letter from Lewis Harcourt [Secretary of State for the Colonies], to WSC, on Admiralty allegations of laxity regarding the supervision of enemy subjects in Ceylon [later Sri Lanka]. Includes copy of a minute from Sir [William] Graham Greene [Secretary to the Admiralty] to the Colonial Office on the original allegations (1914). 19 Oct 1914 - 10 Feb 1915
25 CHAR 15/50A-B Official: Munitions. 01 Apr 1917 - 31 Jul 1917
25 CHAR 15/60 Official: Munitions. 12 Jul 1918 - 24 Aug 1918
25 CHAR 15/86A-B Official: Munitions. Sep 1917 - 31 May 1918
25 CHAR 16/2 Official: War and Air: various papers. 1919
25 CHAR 16/4 Official: War and Air: correspondence, mainly on demobilisation and the reorganisation of the Air Ministry. 01 Feb 1919 - 28 Feb 1919
25 CHAR 16/5 Official: War and Air: correspondence. 22 Feb 1919 - 31 Mar 1919
25 CHAR 16/6 Official: War and Air: correspondence, much on the Russian campaign. 01 Apr 1919 - 30 Apr 1919
25 CHAR 16/25 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia. 02 Sep 1919 - 22 Sep 1919
25 CHAR 16/27 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russian economic affairs. 18 Jun 1919 - 30 Sep 1919
25 CHAR 16/45 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 01 Jan 1920 - 29 Feb 1920
25 CHAR 16/49 Official: War and Air: correspondence for WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 02 Sep 1920 - 31 Oct 1920
25 CHAR 16/51A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Jan 1920 - 29 Apr 1920
25 CHAR 16/53A-B Official: War and Air: WSC's minutes. 01 Sep 1920 - 24 Dec 1920
25 CHAR 16/54 Official: War and Air: Cabinet papers. 06 Jan 1920 - 18 Dec 1920
25 CHAR 16/56 Official: War and Air: memoranda, notes, and other correspondence on Russia, mainly between WSC and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War]. 31 Dec 1919 - 23 Nov 1920
25 CHAR 16/61 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports. 28 Mar-23 Dec 1920
25 CHAR 16/62 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports, including material from the K K Series. 13 Oct 1920-18 Feb 1921
25 CHAR 16/64 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 01 Feb 1920 - 11 Feb 1920
25 CHAR 16/65 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War], WSC and War Office officials. 12 Feb 1920 - 28 Feb 1920
25 CHAR 16/66 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Brigadier-General Edward Spears, Major Gerald Geiger and the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to WSC, Major-General Sir Percy Radcliffe [Director of Military Operations] and War Office officials. 01 Mar 1920 - 30 Apr 1920
25 CHAR 16/71 Official: War and Air: correspondence, minutes, notes, and other papers. 31 Dec 1920 - 31 Jan 1921
25 CHAR 16/74 Official: War and Air: intelligence reports, including material from the K K Series and others. 27 Dec 1920-5 Jan 1921
25 CHAR 16/75 Official: War and Air: correspondence mainly from Major Gerald Geiger [Head] of the British Military Mission in Paris [France] to Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, Personal Military Secretary to the Secretary State for War] and War Office officials. 03 Jan 1921 - 14 Jan 1921
25 CHAR 19/2A/101 Copy of first page of a letter from WSC to Maurice [?Hankey] reporting on an interview with [Sir Stewart] Menzies [Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] and discussing an enquiry into the Secret Service. Unsigned carbon. [Nov] [1939]
25 CHAR 19/2A/102-107 Letter from WSC to Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] on replacing Sir Hugh Sinclair as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service with Captain [Gerald] Muirhead-Gould RN; also the need to improve Admiralty intelligence services, with note to Private Secretary on distribution. [carbon and draft]. 19 Nov 1939
25 CHAR 19/2B/112-113 Letter from Sir Alexander Cadogan [Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] to Sir Archibald Carter [Permanent Secretary of Admiralty] asking for nominations from WSC and [Admiral of the Fleet Sir] Dudley Pound [1st Sea Lord] for Admiral [Sir Hugh] Sinclair's replacement as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. 09 Nov 1939
25 CHAR 19/2B/120-124 Letter from [1st] Lord Vansittart [Chief Diplomatic Adviser to Foreign Secretary] to WSC, enclosing copy of letter to Sir Kingsley Wood, Secretary of State for Air, containing information from a private source on German air and naval capabilities; with letter of thanks from WSC to Vansittart. 21 Nov 1939
25 CHAR 19/3/3 First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, November 1939. 01 Nov 1939 - 30 Nov 1939
25 CHAR 20/7/86-87 Letter from J M B Butt [War Cabinet Office] to John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC] on inventions sent to WSC by an E Yeoman Robinson; refers to letter [carbon enclosed] from F A Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] to Brigadier [?] Arthur Harker of MI5 asking him to look into Robinson's activities as "he describes in considerable detail methods of the highest secrecy which have been used or are about to be used". 10 Oct 1940
25 CHAR 20/8/67 Letter from "Van" [Sir Robert Vansittart, Chief Diplomatic Adviser to Foreign Secretary] (Foreign Office [London]) to Brendan Bracken [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC] marked "private and confidential" concerning access to WSC by Freeman and Fockeu. He asks Bracken to "head off" any future contact with WSC as the 2 individuals are associated with "certain necessary but not to be mentioned organisations" which must not have any traceable connection with the Prime Minister. Signed typescript. 23 Oct 1940
25 CHAR 20/16 Official: Prime Minister: Military Intelligence Reports. Jul 1940 - Sep 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/1-3 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 50" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 25 July to 1 August 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) information on invasion of the United Kingdom; b) possible use of gas; c) "Bundle charge" hand grenades; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. The Balkan States and Turkey: a) Bulgaria; b) Romania; c) Yugoslavia; 4. Middle East (Egypt and Sudan): a) political; b) military; 5. Far East. 01 Aug 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/4-5 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 51" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 1 to 8 August 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany (distribution of German divisions); 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States and Turkey: a) Romania; b) Turkey; 4. Finland; 5. Far East. 08 Aug 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/6-9 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 52" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 8 to 15 August 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) information on the invasion of the United Kingdom; b) Cap Gris Nez area [France]; c) distribution of German divisions; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Spain; 4. Balkan States and Turkey: a) Romania; b) Bulgaria; c) Greece; d) Yugoslavia; e) Hungary; 5. USSR (political commissars); 6. Far East. 15 Aug 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/10-13 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 53" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 15 to 22 August 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) German intentions; b) prospects of famine in Europe; c) distribution of German divisions; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States and Turkey: a) Romania; b) Greece; c) Yugoslavia; d) Turkey; 4. Middle East: Egypt, Palestine, Iraq [earlier Mesopotamia], Syria, and Iran [Persia]; 5. India; 6. Far East; Annex on the morale of the German Army and civilians in Germany. 22 Aug 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/14-15 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 54" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 22 to 29 August 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) German intentions; b) 18 mm Infantry Mortar; c) distribution of German divisions. 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States: a) Romania; b) Hungary; c) Greece. 29 Aug 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/16-17 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 55" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 29 August to 5 September 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) possible use of gliders; b) distribution of German divisions; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States and Turkey: a) Turkey; b) Greece; c) Yugoslavia; d) Hungary; e) Bulgaria; f) Romania; 4. Americas (expansion of the US army); 5. Far East. 05 Sep 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/18-19 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 56" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 5 to 12 September 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany a) information on invasion of the United Kingdom; b) motorization in the German Army; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States and Turkey: a) Yugoslavia; b) Greece; c) Rumania, Bulgaria and Hungary; 4. Aden and the Aden Protectorate [later Yemen] on reaction to the British withdrawal from Somaliland [later Somalia]. 12 Sep 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/20-24 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 57" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 12 to 19 September 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) invasion of the United Kingdom; b) re-organisation of the German Army; c) artificial smoke screen in invasion; d) the attack on Waalhaven, Rotterdam [Netherlands] (from a German Air Force Journal); e) mobile troops in the Battle of France (from the German press); f) distribution of German divisions; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States and Turkey; 4. USSR (disposition of the Red Army in European Russia, with map); 5. Egypt; 6. Afghanistan; 7. India; 8. Far East. 19 Sep 1940
25 CHAR 20/16/25-31 "Weekly Intelligence Commentary no. 58" from the War Office General Staff. Covers 19 to 26 September 1940 and divided into sections on: 1. Germany: a) invasion of the United Kingdom; b) activities in South-East Europe; c) "German sentiments towards this country"; d) "Changes in the art of war" (from the German press); e) fortifications 696, 678 and 699 (from the German press), "A Report on how the Engineers broke through the Maginot Line"; f) distribution of German divisions; 2. Italy and Italian possessions; 3. Balkan States: a) Greece; b) Yugoslavia; c) Romania; d) Bulgaria; e) Hungary; 4. Far East. 26 Sep 1940
25 CHAR 20/22B/112-113 Letter from WSC to the Prime Minister of Norway [Johan Nygaardsvold] asking him to reconsider a decision to withdraw Captain Rocher-Lund from Stockholm [Sweden] since he is very useful to the British Intelligence Services. 10 Sep 1941
25 CHAR 20/25/44-46 Letters from Field-Marshal Sir John Dill [Chief of General Staff] to WSC explaining that Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clarke was attempting to disseminate false information amongst German-controlled elements in Spain. 18 Nov 1941 - 21 Nov 1941
25 CHAR 20/25/47-52 Letter from Alan Hillgarth [Naval Attache at Madrid, Spain] to Charles Thompson [Personal Assistant to WSC] with photographs of Lieutenant-Colonel Dudley Clarke dressed as a woman and after he was allowed to change. 04 Dec 1941
25 CHAR 20/27/2 Note from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] (War Office, Whitehall [London]) to WSC informing him that Lieutenant J M Langley is employed as a liaison officer between MI6 and the War Office and co-ordinates escapes by prisoners of war. Typescript signed with initials. 22 May 1941
25 CHAR 20/27/3 Note from WSC to Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] informing him that [Lieutenant J M Langley] has been expressing "exceedingly defeatist views". Typescript signed with initials. 26 May 1941
25 CHAR 20/27/4-5 Note from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC concerning "undesirable" opinions expressed by J M Langley. He informs WSC that "C" [Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] will not employ Langley abroad although Langley will continue with secret service work. Signed typescript annotated with a note by WSC "Why not give him a hint". 29 May 1941
25 CHAR 20/31A/2 Personal Minute from WSC to the Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs [1st Lord Lloyd of Dolobran] asking him how he intends to reply to the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward Prince of Wales] about [Axel] Wenner-Gren [suspected of being pro-Nazi]. WSC encloses an extract from a letter sent to Wenner-Gren suggesting that he should meet a family in Nassau [Bahamas] who have a "sympathetic understanding for totalitarian ideas." Typescript. 13 Jan 1941
25 CHAR 20/31A/3 Minute from John Colville [Private Secretary to WSC] to [Christopher] Eastwood [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs] marked "most secret" reporting that [Harry] Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to the President of the United States] had said that the cruise the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward Prince of Wales] had taken with [Axel] Wenner-Gren had had a "deplorable effect". Hopkins noted that the United States consider Wenner-Gren a "dangerous pro-Nazi" and watch all his activities closely. Typescript. 13 Jan 1941
25 CHAR 20/31A/4 Letter from Christopher Eastwood [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs] (Colonial Office [London]) to [John] Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] marked "secret" discussing possible courses of action to be taken about the association between the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward Prince of Wales] and Axel] Wenner-Gren [a suspected pro-Nazi]. He explains that [1st] Lord Lloyd [of Dolobran], Secretary of State for the Colonies does not want to write to the Duke and suggests that a United States agent should visit the Duke instead. Signed typescript annotated with a note by WSC that he agrees with the suggestion. 21 Jan 1941
25 CHAR 20/31A/5 Copy of a letter from John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] to [Christopher] Eastwood [Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs] informing him that WSC agrees that a United States agent should warn the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward Prince of Wales] about the [pro-Nazi] activities of Axel Wenner-Gren. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 22 Jan 1941
25 CHAR 20/31A/6 Copy of a letter from [?Valentine] Vivian to K Robinson of the Colonial Office marked "secret" enclosing a mutilated extract from an interview given by the Duke of Windsor [earlier King Edward VIII and Edward Prince of Wales] to Liberty magazine. The interview "infuriates heads of news services" as the Duke condemns the "Lend Lease" agreement between Great Britain and the United States; states that the German people want [Adolf] Hitler in power; and comments on the failure of the first League of Nations. Unsigned typescript. 20 Mar 1941
25 CHAR 20/37/21 Telegram from WSC to Sir Stafford Cripps [British Ambassador to the Soviet Union] (Moscow), for personal delivery to Marshal Stalin, informing Stalin that Germany had been transferring Panzer Divisions from Romania to Southern Poland, but has stopped due to the Serbian revolt [information learned from Enigma decrypts]. 03 Apr 1941
25 CHAR 20/38/25 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] with intercepted information on a heavy German air attack on Crete [Greece]. 28 Apr 1941
25 CHAR 20/39/6 Text of most secret cipher telegram from unidentified sender to unidentified recipient advising the latter that arrangements will be made to meet any wish he may express to be relieved of his command if he finds himself "unwilling to give effect to it". The distribution list indicates that copies were restricted to WSC and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff [General Sir Alan Brooke]. [May 1941]
25 CHAR 20/39/127 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt: hopes for publicity for United States marines "taking over that cold place" [?Iceland]; refers to Vichy resistance in Syria; comments on effect of operations "Tiger" and "Jaguar" [codenames for operations to supply reinforcements to Middle East]; comments on imminent German onslaught on Soviet Union [information learned from Enigma decrypts]. 15 Jun 1941
25 CHAR 20/40/2-3 Telegram from WSC to General Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa]: comments on how defeat at Agedabia almost destroyed General Sir Archibald Wavell's [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] tank force, and details measures that were taken to reinforce Wavell; comments on battle in desert; refers to intelligence regarding the German advance on the Soviet Union. 18 Jun 1941
25 CHAR 20/40/137 Telegram from WSC to Oliver Lyttelton [later Lord Chandos, Minister of State in the Middle East] on liaison with Vichy France over Syria. He recites text of message of 5 Jul from Vichy agent, and proposed text of British reply. 09 Jul 1941
25 CHAR 20/42B/156 Telegram from WSC to Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King] on German attacks on Atlantic convoys and security measures to prevent sabotage and protect crew. [1st page only]. 17 Sep 1941
25 CHAR 20/43/19 Telegram from WSC to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, British Supply Mission to the Soviet Union, earlier Max Aitken] on secrecy: "I am sure you realise that no-one in Russia ... must know about our special sources of information". 25 Sep 1941
25 CHAR 20/43/30 Telegram from 1st Lord Beaverbrook [Minister of Supply, British Supply Mission to the Soviet Union, earlier Max Aitken] to WSC promising not to reveal secrets; hopeful of reaching agreement; sailing under two flags "a vast success". 29 Sep 1941
25 CHAR 20/45/71-72 Telegrams from WSC to Major-General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] sharing confidence in outcome of battle; message of encouragement for troops; warning about letting secret information fall into enemy hands. 23 Nov 1941
25 CHAR 20/52/17-18 Copy of a letter from WSC to President [Roosevelt] referring to a late night discussion on the importance of co-operation between UK and US "cipher people". He says that although naval ciphers are frankly discussed between the two Intelligence Services, the UK appears to lack information about the US diplomatic and military ciphers and that he had ordered intelligence work on US ciphers to cease once the two countries became allies. He asks the President to handle the issue personally and ideally to burn his letter. Unsigned carbon typescript annotated [by Denis Kelly] "'42 Archives". 25 Feb 1942
25 CHAR 20/52/19-21 Letter from WSC to "C" [Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] on memorandum [CHAR 20/52/17-18]; notes that the United States has British cipher machines. 08 Feb 1942-09 Feb 1942
25 CHAR 20/54A/38 Letter from WSC to 3rd Lord Selborne [Minister of Economic Warfare, earlier Lord Wolmer] thanking him for the Quarterly Progress Report of SOE [Special Operations Executive] activities. 25 Jul 1942
25 CHAR 20/54C/235 Letter from WSC to 3rd Lord Selborne [Minister of Economic Warfare, earlier Lord Wolmer] on reprisals against SOE [Special Operations Executive] to be discussed with the Foreign Secretary [Anthony Eden, later 1st Lord Avon]. 23 Nov 1942
25 CHAR 20/57A/5-6 Minute from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC informing him that Ian Colvin is due to start work for the Ministry of Information arranging broadcast programmes to the German army for propaganda purposes and that [William] Deakin has been interviewed for intelligence work for SO2. Signed typescript annotated by WSC. 28 Feb 1941
25 CHAR 20/57A/7 Minute from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC discussing the possibility of Ian Colvin doing intelligence work relating to secret propaganda to the German armed forces. Signed typescript annotated by WSC. 31 Jan 1941
25 CHAR 20/59/11-14 Telegram from Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States, to Harry Hopkins [Special Adviser and Assistant to Roosevelt] for WSC on information from Madrid [Spain] on allegations that Montagu Norman [Governor, Bank of England] and the United States are establishing contacts for exploring peace with Germany; with messages from Anthony Eden [Foreign Secretary, later 1st Lord Avon] to WSC and Hopkins on the falsity of the story, and covering letter to John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] by Valentine Lawford [Assistant Private Secretary to Eden]. 25 Jul 1942 - 07 Aug 1942
25 CHAR 20/67/3 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, April 1942. 01 Apr 1942 - 30 Apr 1942
25 CHAR 20/74/36 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East, asking for his comments on the discrepancy between his estimate of German tank numbers in Eastern Cyrenaica [Libya] and the number identified by special information [? Enigma]. 26 Apr 1942
25 CHAR 20/74/50a-b Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] to WSC explaining his reasons for asking the War Office to clarify "special information" [? Enigma] regarding the number of Axis tanks serviceable on 21 April. 27 Apr 1942
25 CHAR 20/74/75 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] regarding the figures for strength of the German Afrika Army contained in the latest most secret information. 30 Apr 1942
25 CHAR 20/75/68 Telegram from General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander- in-Chief, India, to WSC marked "most secret" stating his belief in deceiving and disturbing the enemy by false information and advocating more coherent and long term deception plans worked between London, Washington [United States] and Commanders in the field using only officers with special qualifications. 21 May 1942
25 CHAR 20/77/10-11 Telegram from WSC (Washington, United States) to General Sir Claude Auchinleck (Commander in Chief Middle East) and repeated to the Minister of State in the Middle East [Richard Casey] regarding the fall of Tobruk [Libya]: hopes that there will be stern resistance along the Sollum frontier and refers to special intelligence regarding the enemy; comments on reinforcements; comments on his personal reaction to the news; comments on decision of President Roosevelt and high United States authorities to send the Second United States Armoured Division to the Middle East; instructs Auchinleck to inspire all his forces "with an intense will to resist". 22 Jun 1942
25 CHAR 20/77/53 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "private and most secret" inquiring about the battle in Egypt: Comments on the special information [ULTRA intelligence] about enemy intentions and asks whether Auchinleck is getting "these priceless messages (which have never erred) in good time?"; asks about 8 Armoured Division and 9 Australian Division; asks for Auchinleck's opinion on how enemy tanks would get on among the canals of the Nile Delta; comments on defence of Egypt; States that "Everyone here greatly heartened by your splendid fight" and refers to vote of Confidence in the House of Commons. 03 Jul 1942
25 CHAR 20/77/61 Telegram from Lieutenant-General Thomas Corbett [Chief of General Staff Middle East] to WSC marked "private and most secret" answering his inquiries regarding the battle in Egypt and commenting on the use of special source messages [ULTRA intelligence], the movements of 8 Armoured Division and 9 Australian Division, restricted tank movement in Nile Delta and the progress of inundations. 03 Jul 1942
25 CHAR 20/80/109-110 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "most secret and personal" warning him of information he has obtained regarding an impending German naval operation in the Caspian Sea, referring to the plan for a joint Anglo-American air force in the Caspian and Caucasus theatre, and explaining the unloading of 154 Aerocobras from PQ 19 [northern convoy to Soviet Union] for use in "Torch" [Codename for operation in French North West Africa] With annotation dated 4 Nov 1942 by Patrick Kinna [Secretary to WSC] indicating that the words "and was concerned with Torch" in paragraph 3 were deleted from the copy sent to the Minister of War Transport. 30 Sep 1942
25 CHAR 20/81/17 Telegram from WSC to Premier Stalin marked "personal and secret" informing him that his "later information" [? Enigma decrypts] shows that German plans for sending shipping to the Caspian by rail have been suspended. 08 Oct 1942
25 CHAR 20/81/36 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "private" thanking him for his recent communication, commenting on the raid of the Sussex, referring to recent "M.K." [Enigma decrypts] about enemy shortages and sickness, and expressing hope that Alexander will see something of Duncan Sandys [later Lord Duncan-Sandys, Financial Secretary to the War Office]. 10 Oct 1942
25 CHAR 20/81/45 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief Middle East] marked "most secret and private" informing Alexander that he is arranging for more exactly textual M.K.'s [Enigma decrypts] to be sent from now on. 12 Oct 1942
25 CHAR 20/81/124-125 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis] (Commander in Chief Middle East) marked "private" conveying congratulations of the Defence Committee of the War Cabinet for the resolute and successful manner in which he and General Bernard Montgomery [General Officer Commanding Eighth Army] have opened the battle. He refers to Boniface information [Enigma decrypts] regarding strain and anxiety behind the enemy's front. He comments on the progress of "Torch" [codename for Anglo American occupation of French North West Africa] and on the secret negotiations between General Mark Clark [Commander of United States Ground Forces in Europe] and "friendly" French generals. 29 Oct 1942
25 CHAR 20/85/16-17 Telegram from WSC to General Dwight D Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "personal and secret": Expresses his "heartfelt satisfaction" at Eisenhower's resolve to come to grips with the enemy and refers to "Boniface" information [Enigma decrypts,ULTRA] about the toll take on enemy supplies; informs him of decision to send an additional Brigade Group of the 46th Division; expresses concern that Eisenhower should be so much occupied with political matters and refers to arrangements to devolve some of this burden on to other shoulders. 16 Dec 1942
25 CHAR 20/85/70 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis] (Commander in Chief Middle East) marked "personal and most secret" commenting on "Boniface" information [Enigma decrypts, ULTRA] showing the enemy in great anxiety and disarray at Buerat [Libya] and hoping that Alexander will be able to bring forward his strike. 27 Dec 1942
25 CHAR 20/87/8 Telegram from WSC [Cairo, Egypt] to Deputy Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] marked "most secret and personal" informing him that false rumours about WSC's movements are being spread through special channels to confuse the enemy. 05 Aug 1942
25 CHAR 20/91A-B Official: Prime Minister: Intelligence Reports. 06 Aug 1942 - 21 Nov 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/13 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a German situation report for the day, including bomber attacks in the Alamein area [Egypt], information on a Long Range Desert Group unit on the northern edge of the Qattara depression, and German and Italian serviceable tank strengths. 07 Aug 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/14-17 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a German report on German and Italian supply routes, details of goods already transported, supply difficulties arising from shipping losses and local conditions, congestion in the harbours, and the priority given to troop movements, and an earlier enquiry into the proportion of supplies between German and Italian forces, and different sectors of the German forces. 06 [Aug] 1942 - 07 [Aug] 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/19-20 Minute from [WSC] to "C" [General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] on reducing the circulation of "Boniface" [codename for Enigma decrypts] in Britain, the Middle East and "Torch" [codename for the Allied invasion of North West Africa] Headquarters, to a new restricted circle, and also to the present circle, which would be gradually phased out. [WSC] also asks that Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] should be kept fully informed with a series of telegrams direct from [WSC], codenamed "Winch". Carbon copy. Additional copy at CHAR 20/91B/21 - 22. 21 Nov 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/21-22 Copy of CHAR 20/91B/19 - 20. Carbon copy. 21 Nov 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/6-7 Telegram from the Air Ministry to Commander-in-Chief Middle East [General Sir Harold Alexander], marked "Most Immediate", passing on a message from "Boniface" [codename for Enigma decrypts] on subjects including: the numbers of serviceable tanks possessed by the German and Italian forces; Italian infantry and artillery losses and reinforcements since the beginning of July; the German belief in an operation to convey supplies to Malta, and various supporting operations; a search by the German Air Force for an aircraft carrier formation; German High Command's desire to allot shipping space equally with Italy; the shortage of anti-tank guns in the 164th infantry division, and their inevitable losses in the face of superior British forces; German requests for further protection for coastal shipping; support for an Italian operation; insistence on the continued use of Mersa Matruh [Egypt] as a supply harbour. 06 Aug 1942
25 CHAR 20/91B/8-12 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a report on the battle strength of the German Army in North Africa by divisions, showing personnel, tank strengths, guns and transports, with the same information also given in an attached table (originally separated and given to Lieutenant-General Sir Wilfrid Lindsell [in charge of Administration in the Middle East]). 06 Aug 1942
25 CHAR 20/92/24-28 Letter from WSC to King George VI about the situation in North Africa stating that: he is not seriously worried by the events in North Africa and does not doubt the loyalty of Robert Murphy [United States political representative in North Africa]; that the divisions between the French are due to General de Gaulle's hostility to Britain and that his refusal to make a friendly settlement at Casablanca [Morocco] angered the United States; that Husky [capture of Sicily] is due to commence in June and that although the United States had suffered a recent defeat this was due to lack of experience which the 10th and 30th Corps, now in Tunisia, did not suffer from. Reference to "Boniface" is crossed through. [Signature in typescript. Copy with annotations]. 22 Feb 1943
25 CHAR 20/94B/200 Letter from WSC to Sir Wyndham Portal [1st Commissioner of Works and Public Buildings] marked "Personal and Confidential" informing him of his appreciation for the speed in which his department carried out some construction work at Bletchley Park [Buckinghamshire] Signed. 16 Oct 1943
25 CHAR 20/94B/201 Letter from WSC to Harry Crookshank [Postmaster General] "Personal and Confidential" informing of his appreciation for the assistance of his department in supplying the communication needs of the establishment at Bletchley Park [Buckinghamshire] Initialled. 16 Oct 1943
25 CHAR 20/95A/79 Minute from Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to WSC reporting on a meeting with Colonel [Jacques] Balsan and informing him that Balsan is undertaking the co-ordination of secret resistance work in France and planning the post-liberation feeding of children in France. Typescript signed with initials. 08 Nov 1943
25 CHAR 20/102/86-87 Minute from Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to WSC reporting on a broadcast from Paris [France] in which Randolph Churchill might have been involved. He reports that he has learnt from "Most Secret sources" that the Axis Secret Service in Spain had reported an "alleged conversation" between a Lt-Col Churchill and a correspondent for an Italian newspaper, the "Popolo d'Italia". Morton reports that Lt-Col Churchill (a different person from Randolph Churchill) denies any involvement and has been warned to be discreet. Typescript signed with initials annotated by WSC. 29 Jun 1943
25 CHAR 20/104/1 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, July 1943. 01 Jul 1943 - 31 Jul 1943
25 CHAR 20/108/121 Telegram from WSC to General Sir Bernard Montgomery (General Officer Commanding the Eighth Army) congratulating him on his victory and informing him of the position of the other divisions [information learned from Enigma decrypts]. T391/3. 28 Mar 1943
25 CHAR 20/109/89-92 Telegram from [Richard Casey] Minister of State [Middle East] to WSC marked 'personal and most secret' on subjects including: the satisfactory maintenance position of the Eighth Army; the need for petrol drums for Husky [codename for the capture of Sicily]; progress planning armed assistance to Turkey; co-ordination of military and civil supplies to Turkey and the limits of the transport in Turkey; SOE (MO4) [Special Operations Executive] activities sabotaging chrome output in Greece and derailments in Serbia, dropping officers and ammunition into Greece and laying mines in the Corinth Canal; a reorganisation of the political intelligence work at the Middle East Intelligence Centre for better planning of operations against the Balkans; internal affairs in Libya; the need to keep pressure on Egypt in order to feed the Middle East and Persia/Iran; his poor opinion of [Emmanuel] Tsouderos [Prime Minister of Greece]; anxiety about difficulties between [Wladyslaw] Anders and General [Wladislaw] Sikorski [Polish Prime Minister in exile in London]; and plans for conferences. Carbon typescript. 6 Apr 1943
25 CHAR 20/109/114 Telegram from WSC to General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Commander in Chief North African Theatre of Operations] marked 'most secret and personal' thanking him for his telegram, commenting that Alexander's combinations seem to be working well and that Boniface [Enigma decrypts] shows that the enemy is in a dire condition, especially in fuel. Typescript. 11 Apr 1943
25 CHAR 20/120/41 Telegram from WSC to General Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "Personal and Most Secret" informing him that he is sending him a copy of a message which he is sending to General Dwight Eisenhower [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre, United States Army] regarding the importance of Rhodes and the Aegean and adding that Boniface [Enigma Decypher machine] indicates that the enemy is retreating into the North of Italy and that they should therefore have enough time to capture Rhodes Annotated. 07 Oct 1943
25 CHAR 20/122/23 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir John Dill [Representative of the British Chiefs of Staff in Washington, United States] marked "Personal and Most Secret" asking him to forward a message to General George Marshall [Chief of Staff, United States Army] stating that he hopes that President Roosevelt has shown him his message regarding the meeting in Africa and commenting on his views concerning Overlord [Liberation of France] and informing him that he has made arrangements for a cover plan to be sent to him. Refers to "Boniface". 24 Oct 1943 - 24 Oct 1943
25 CHAR 20/141A/32-34 Copy of a letter from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to [3rd] Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer] Minister of Economic Warfare asking him, at WSC's request, to consider employing Ian Colvin in SOE [Special Operations Executive]. Morton explains that WSC has investigated some adverse reports about Colvin and considers them to be prejudiced and that there is no basis for considering Colvin to be "Fascist or Nazi minded". Morton adds that "C" [Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies, [Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] is willing to give Colvin a trial. Carbon typescript. 12 Nov 1942
25 CHAR 20/141A/48-51 Copy of a report from Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] to WSC marked "personal and confidential" passing on information about an unnamed person [?Ian Colvin] which he has obtained at WSC's request, as WSC wished to employ him. Morton includes a summary of reports [about ?Colvin] from various government representatives including "C" Major-General Sir Stewart Menzies [Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] noting that [?Colvin] is believed to have been the cause of the 1939 "Stanhope crisis" and comments that [?Colvin] "has worked in a number of different jobs...[and] never stayed long. He is reported to be unable to get on with colleagues. His chiefs have been so many and varied that they cannot have conspired to keep him out". Typescript annotated by WSC. 30 Oct 1944
25 CHAR 20/152/2 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, February 1944. 01 Feb 1944 - 29 Feb 1944
25 CHAR 20/152/4 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, April 1944. 01 Apr 1944 - 30 Apr 1944
25 CHAR 20/153/1 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, July 1944. 01 Jul 1944 - 30 Jul 1944
25 CHAR 20/153/3 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, September 1944. 01 Sep 1944 - 30 Sep 1944
25 CHAR 20/161/107-108 Copy of a telegram from WSC to [Philip] Broad [1st Secretary, Foreign Secretary] marked "personal and most secret" in which he says that he intends to advise King Peter of Yugoslavia to dismiss the Puric government and to form a small administration of people "not particularly obnoxious to Tito", which will deprive [Draza] Mihailovich [leader of the Chetniks] of his position as War Minister. WSC says that King Peter will not come back immediately and that WSC will have a better chance of improving relations with Tito. He notes that S.I.M.E [Security Intelligence Middle East] would be responsible for the King's safety if he did need to return to Egypt and suggests that they should therefore insinuate agents among senior Yugoslav officers. Carbon typescript signed with initials. 12 Apr 1944
25 CHAR 20/169/9 Telegram from WSC to President Roosevelt marked "personal and top secret" concerning cutting off Swedish exports to the enemy. He notes that there are economic warfare advantages, intelligence bases and bases for underground work in Sweden and that these should not be jeopardised. 27 Jul 1944
25 CHAR 20/194A/73 Letter from WSC to 3rd Lord Selborne [earlier Lord Wolmer] marked "personal" thanking him for his letter containing suggested honours for certain officers of SOE [Special Operations Executive] and stating that these will be considered for the Victory List [carbon]. 01 Jun 1945
25 CHAR 20/195A/16 Typescript note from John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] (10 Downing Street, Whitehall) to General Leslie Hollis [Senior Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] attaching a file of correspondence about Major Maurice Ashley, who assisted WSC with his biography of Marlborough and is now working in M.I.2(c), informing him that WSC wants Ashley to provide a short note on the Japanese Army and asking if Hollis can obtain this through the appropriate War Office authority Initialled. 08 Jan 1945
25 CHAR 20/195A/17 Typescript note from General Leslie Hollis [Senior Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] (Offices of the War Cabinet, Great George Street, SW1) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "confidential" referring to WSC's request for Major Maurice Ashley to supply him with a note on the Japanese army, stating that this approach should be made through the Director of Military Intelligence, and suggesting either an official approach through the DMI or a private letter by WSC to Major Ashley Initialled With manuscript annotation of 10 Jan 1945 by ?John Martin indicating that he has contacted Ashley by telephone, and that Ashley will talk to the DMI before supplying the note. 09 Jan 1945
25 CHAR 20/195A/19 Typescript note fromJohn Martin [Principal Private Secretary to WSC] to J McGregor (War Office) marked "personal" informing him that Major Maurice Ashley has asked WSC to support his candidature at Lincoln College, Oxford and asking if the statement that Ashley has "done a very useful piece of work in the Intelligence Corps" can be justified Initialled [carbon]. 12 Jun 1945
25 CHAR 20/195A/20 Typescript note from J McGregor (War Office, Whitehall, SW1 [London]) to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] about the proposed wording of the testimonial for Major Maurice Ashley and suggesting that the phrase be amended to "done good work in the Intelligence Corps during the War" Signed and annotated. 14 Jun 1945
25 CHAR 20/198A/48-49 Telegram from Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood, then Lord Irwin, British Ambassador to the United States] to Foreign Office containing text of his weekly political summary, commenting on attitudes in the United States towards the military - political situation, criticisms of United States foreign policy, public anxiety and supplies for Europe. Subjects referred to include: the reverses on the Western Front caused by Rundstedt's offensive; the situation in Greece and WSC's visit to Athens; Conservatives lament regarding the demise of the Atlantic Charter "so cynically interred by Messrs. Churchill and Stalin"; and the need for a meeting of the heads of the three major Allies. Halifax concludes that the temporary concentration of criticism on British foreign policies is largely giving way to meditation on other troubles, and in particular on American foreign policy and on the military situation. [Typescript] WSC has annotated section about Walter Lippman with a cross in red ink. Halifax reports that Lippman was particularly pleased about his talks in London with the Ministry of Information, "whom he singled out for praise upon his return, in contrast with other eminent persons, who, he implied, had not been equally accessible to him". 01 Jan 1945
25 CHAR 20/201/71 Letter from Major-General Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet] to Brigadier George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] marked "confidential" stating that he has studied the letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Wise [Conservative MP for Smethwick, Staffordshire] and has spoken to Colonel Capel Dunn [Secretary of the Joint Intelligence Committee] "an organisation which will be closely interested in the efficiency of counter intelligence in Germany". Jacob refutes suggestion that preparations for counter intelligence are being undertaken lightly, states that our very best intelligence officers are being earmarked, and comments that Wise has not got the qualifications required by the "head man in the job" and could not be planted arbitrarily in such a position. He suggests that Wise be asked to call on Capel Dunn who "will be able to take steps to get him fitted into the counter intelligence organisation in the Control Commission for Germany". [Signed typescript]. 06 Oct 1944
25 CHAR 20/201/74-76 Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Wise [Conservative MP for Smethwick, Staffordshire] (Headquarters, South Eastern Command, Reigate [Surrey]) to Brigadier George Harvie Watt [Prime Minister's Parliamentary Private Secretary] commenting on the occupation of Germany, which he assumes will last not less than twenty years, and on the difficult nature of the job because of the threat posed by an underground movement "which will make all those run by our friends look like amateur rehearsals". He offers his services to a counter intelligence organisation, and comments at length on his qualifications and experience, which he asks be brought to WSC's notice. With annotation indicating that a copy of this letter had been sent to Major-General Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]. 02 Oct 1944
25 CHAR 20/209/5 Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, May 1945. 01 May 1945 - 31 May 1945
25 CHAR 20/214/110-111 Telegram from WSC to [Anthony Eden, later Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] (Washington [United States]) marked "Personal and Top Secret" enclosing the text of a "Personal and Top Secret" message from WSC to President Harry Truman informing him of his communications with Marshal Stalin over Crossword [negotiations with representatives of the German Army in Switzerland]; advocating the cessation of continued discussions between OSS [Office of Strategic Services] agents and the Germans; and explaining why he thinks Stalin misinterpreted the nature of the Crossword negotiations. 15 Apr 1945
25 CHAR 20/217/13-14 Telegram from Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] to WSC marked "Guard" and "Personal" detailing the procedure for the announcement of the surrender of German forces in Italy, indicating how it will coincide with orders to the Germans to lay down their arms; and mentioning that the OSS [Office of Strategic Services] have infiltrated a man into Bolzano [Italy]. 01 May 1945
25 CHAR 20/217/15 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "Through C [Major General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service]" and "Personal and Top Secret" suggesting that they are "perhaps only a day or two from surrender on all fronts through [Heinrich] Himmler [Head of the SS]"; stating that he will be sorry if this overshadows "Italian events"; assuming that Alexander will broadcast his announcement [of the surrender of German forces in Italy] at noon GMT the next day; and giving the suggested text for WSC's statement to the House of Commons to be made shortly afterwards. Copy. 01 May 1945
25 CHAR 20/217/49 Telegram from WSC to Field Marshal Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis, Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] marked "Personal and Top Secret" and "Through 'C' [Major General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service]" and "Guard" agreeing to him publishing the terms of surrender of German forces in Italy if he has evidence that General Heinrich von Vietinghoff Gennant Scheel's [Commander in Chief of the German Army in Italy] agreement is being carried out. Carbon copy. 02 May 1945
25 CHAR 20/252A/31-61 Page proofs for a supplement to the London Gazette entitled "Operations in the Indo-Burma theatre based on India from 21 June, 1943, to 15 November, 1943" reprinting a despatch by Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, India, dated 22 November 1945, on planning, land and air operations, intelligence, and organisation, training, and administration, with explanatory footnotes. [annotated]. 1947
25 CHAR 20/257/35 Telegram from WSC [Quebec, Canada] to General [Sir Henry] Wilson [Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean Theatre] and General [Sir Harold] Alexander [later 1st Lord Alexander of Tunis, Commander in Chief of the Allied Armies in Italy] marked "Special Unnumbered Signal" and "Personal and Top Secret" stating that "Everything has opened here very well so far as your affairs are concerned", referring to "Boniface" information [Enigma decrypts, ULTRA] about German forces in Italy, LSTs [landing craft] in the Adriatic, and prospects in the Mediterranean theatre. [Copy]. 13 Sep 1944
25 CHAR 22/4 Official: Cabinet: Reports on Revolutionary Organisations Overseas. 1920
25 CHAR 22/8 Official: Cabinet: Irish Committee. 21 Mar 1921 - 30 Dec 1921
25 CHAR 22/9 Official: Cabinet: Irish Committee: report on Irish Intelligence. May 1920-Jul 1921
25 CHAR 22/78 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on the Communist Party. 20 Feb 1925 - 21 Dec 1925
25 CHAR 22/79 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 292 - 297. 12 Feb 1925 - 19 Mar 1925
25 CHAR 22/80 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 298 - 303. 26 Mar 1925 - 07 May 1925
25 CHAR 22/81 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 304 - 314. 14 May 1925 - 23 Jul 1925
25 CHAR 22/82 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 315 - 321. 20 Jul 1925 - 10 Sep 1925
25 CHAR 22/83 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 322 - 328. 05 Sep 1925 - 29 Oct 1925
25 CHAR 22/147 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 329 - 339. 20 Jan 1926 - 08 Apr 1926
25 CHAR 22/148 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 340 - 350. 15 Apr 1926 - 12 Aug 1926
25 CHAR 22/149 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 351 - 361. 19 Aug 1926 - 28 Oct 1926
25 CHAR 22/150 Official: Cabinet: Scotland Yard reports on revolutionary organisations in the United Kingdom: 362 - 369. 04 Nov 1926 - 30 Dec 1926
25 CHAR 22/151 Official: Cabinet: notes and correspondence. 1927
25 CHAR 23/6 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 01 Aug 1940 - 03 Oct 1940
25 CHAR 23/7 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 03 Oct 1940 - 14 Nov 1940
25 CHAR 23/8 Official: War Cabinet: Chiefs of Staff Committee: weekly resumes. 14 Nov 1940 - 26 Dec 1940
25 CHAR 27/28 Official: War Cabinet: Weekly Intelligence Reports: Western and General. 18 Jul 1917 - 26 Sep 1917
25 CHAR 27/29 Official: War Cabinet: Weekly Intelligence Reports: Western and General. 03 Oct 1917 - 27 Dec 1917
25 CHAR 27/30 Official: War Cabinet: Weekly Intelligence Reports: Eastern. 19 Sep 1917 - 26 Sep 1917
25 CHAR 27/31 Official: War Cabinet: Weekly Intelligence Reports: Eastern. 04 Oct 1917 - 27 Dec 1917
25 CHUR 2/29A-B Public and Political: General: Political: Defence - correspondence with Prime Minister Clement Attlee. Mar 1946 - Aug 1950
25 CHUR 2/36 Public and Political: General: Political: Defence: miscellaneous correspondence and papers. Feb 1947 - Sep 1951
25 CHUR 2/72A-B Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence T-Z. Nov 1947 - Dec 1948
25 CHUR 2/101A-B Public and Political: General: Political; Correspondence S. Jan 1950 - Dec 1950

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