Sharing the secret : the history of the Intelligence Corps 1940 - 2010 / Nick van der Bijl.

  • Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military 2013
  • Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military 2013
Physical description
viii, 420 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white)
  • 9781473833180 (e-book)
  • 9781848844131
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781848844131
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Print version record.
  • Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Foreword; Maps; Chapter 1: The Formation of the BEF Intelligence Corps; Chapter 2: The BEF Intelligence Corps: September 1939 to July 1940; Chapter 3: The Formation of the Intelligence Corps; Chapter 4: The Middle East: 1940-1943; Chapter 5: Iraq, Syria, Persia, Malta, Gibraltar and West Africa: 1940-1943; Chapter 6: The Central Mediterranean: 1943-1945; Chapter 7: The Far East: 1942-1945; Chapter 8: The Special Operations Executive; Chapter 9: Great Britain: 1940-1945; Chapter 10: North-West Europe: 1944-1945.
  • Chapter 11: Occupied Trieste, Germany and AustriaChapter 12: Victory in the Far East; Chapter 13: The National Service Years; Chapter 14: The National Service Years: The 1950s; Chapter 15: The Regular Years: The 1960s; Chapter 16: The Regular Years: The 1970s; Chapter 17: The Regular Years: The 1980s; Chapter 18: The Coalition Years: The 1990s; Chapter 19: Coalition Operations: 2000-2010; Chapter 20: Conclusion; Appendix A; Appendix B; Appendix C; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover.
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  • This ground breaking book examines the colourful history of the Intelligence Corps from its formation in 1940 up to the present day. Even accepting that there are aspects of the CorpsAE activities that cannot be revealed, there is a great wealth of fascinating material here for those interested in intelligence gathering. During WW2 over 400 members served with SOE, Field Security Sections carried out counter-intelligence tasks at home and overseas, liaising with foreign services where appropriate. Intelligence gathering for commanders at all levels has been a key role using Sigint, human sources, interrogation and other covert ops. The Corps captured many key German and Japanese war criminals. - - During the Cold War Intelligence Sections were a vital part of all HQs above Brigade level and worked regularly with the SAS, SBS, RM Commandos, GCHQ and M15. - - Air photography working in close cooperation with the RAF is a vital source of intelligence and plays a crucial role in Afghanistan using satellite and drone imagery, a far cry from the days of balloons. - - This officially supported history reveals much fascinating material about the activities of this highly specialist and often top-secret Corps. It will be mandatory reading for intelligence experts and enthusiasts. -

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British Library: General Reference Collection, St Pancras Reading Rooms YC.2014.a.2192
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: North Front, Floor 4 540:34.c.201.8
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