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(Untitled), 30 Apr 1945

 Item
Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/199/14

Scope and Contents

Memorandum from Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant] to John Martin [Prime Minister's Principal Private Secretary] marked "top secret" commenting on the secret organisation about which Maurice Petherick [Financial Secretary at the War Office] had written to WSC. Explains that it was planned and trained to take action if all or part of England was occupied by the Germans, that as this did not occur the organisation had actually taken no action, but that 3000 men did a great deal of work in addition to their normal duties as Home Guards. States that the organisation had nothing to do with S.O.E. or Lord Selborne, had been under the command of the General Officer Commanding in Chief Home Forces and the Secretary of State for War, and had been disbanded at the same time as the Home Guard. Refers to suggestions by Petherick that a ban should be put on the disclosure of the secret methods the organisation proposed to employ, and that a special gratuity should be paid to its members, and recommends that the comments of the Secretary of State should be obtained on both suggestions. [Initialled typescript].

Dates

  • 30 Apr 1945

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Copyright: Crown copyright

Extent

1 folio(s)

Language of Materials

English

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