By FH Hinsley

The 1st quantity of the this well-known historical past covers the practise of the united kingdom for the intelligence battle of 1939 -1945. even supposing later within the warfare the British intelligence approach may dominate that of the Germany it began good at the back of. In 1939 the British had little perception into Enigma, the organisational constitution for intelligence amassing used to be fragmentmented and the total attempt lower than funded.

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

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This '. in Germany. We must now give fuller consideration to the pressures that were bringing the Service departments to collaborate with each other and with the Foreign Office in their intelligence activities and, on the other hand, to the obstacles which impeded them. We have already indicated in general terms the nature of these obstacles and the source of these pressures. At a time when powerful arguments continued to demand that the different functions of 11. AIR 20/181, CSSAD 46th Meeting, 9 February 1939; JIC 23rd Meeting, 3 February 1939; R.

February 1937; Memorandum by 24. See, eg, 223/84, NID 0135/37 of 30 January 1936; ADM Admiral Sir William James. 1 1 1 1 28 The Organisation of Intelligence at the Outbreak of War doubted, however, whether this was the main cause of delay after 1937, as it had undoubtedly been before 1935. On the one hand, the Air Ministry was emphasising b^ March 1938 that industrial as well as military installations would have to be photographed, that methods of assessing bomb damage from photographs would have to be improved and that, for the purpose of detecting changes and movements, continuous or repeated reconnaissance would have to be provided.

They left the control of Service interception to be exercised jointly by GC and CS and the Service departments, though the Service departments continued to staff and administer their own intercept stations. Over Traffic Analysis and the evaluation of decyphered material, on the other hand, they firmly asserted the control of the intelligence branches of the Service departments, taking away existing staff and leaving GC and CS to undertake as much duplication in these fields as it could justify for cryptanalytical purposes and taking the view that the additional staff required for such duplication should be provided by the Foreign intercept station at Cheadle, ranean OIC, at Office.

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