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Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 254 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 26 Apr 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/36
Scope and Contents

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].

Dates: 26 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Apr 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/50a-b
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 27 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Apr 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/74/75
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 30 Apr 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 21 May 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/75/68
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 21 May 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 22 Jun 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/77/10-11
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 22 Jun 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 03 Jul 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/77/53
Scope and Contents 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;...
Dates: 03 Jul 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 03 Jul 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/77/61
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 03 Jul 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 30 Sep 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/80/109-110
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 30 Sep 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 08 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/17
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 08 Oct 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 10 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/36
Scope and Contents

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].

Dates: 10 Oct 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 12 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/45
Scope and Contents

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.Annotated by Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]: "Defence Registry. This telegram is not to be distributed. Will you please return this copy to me.".

Dates: 12 Oct 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 29 Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/81/124-125
Scope and Contents 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"...
Dates: 29 Oct 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at churchillarchive.com. The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from churchillarchive.com and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers. This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.
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(Untitled), 01 May 1945 - 31 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/209/5
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, May 1945. Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; the Chief Whip [James Stuart]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff; "C" [Major General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service]....
Dates: 01 May 1945 - 31 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: Open, except for minutes M 497/5 and C 42/5, which are closed on Cabinet Office instructions under S23 of the Freedom of Information Act. Review 2032.
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(Untitled), 15 Apr 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/214/110-111
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 15 Apr 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open.
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(Untitled), 01 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/217/13-14
Scope and Contents

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].

Dates: 01 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 01 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/217/15
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 01 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 02 May 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/217/49
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 02 May 1945
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 10 Jan 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/14/9-12
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 10 Jan 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 10 Jan 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/16/5-6
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 10 Jan 1912
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 20 Apr 1913

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/19/77-78
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 20 Apr 1913
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 25 Sep 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/27B/46
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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].

Dates: 25 Sep 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Dec 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/28/64-67
Scope and Contents

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].

Dates: 19 Dec 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 19 Sep 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/29/151
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 19 Sep 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 27 Nov 1914 - 30 Nov 1914

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/30/22
Scope and Contents

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].

Dates: 27 Nov 1914 - 30 Nov 1914
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 22 Nov 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 13/1/25
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 22 Nov 1911
Conditions Governing Access: Open