British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-1951 by Richard J. Aldrich

By Richard J. Aldrich

The chilly warfare is usually thought of to be the essential intelligence clash. but mystery intelligence is still the `missing measurement' of Britain's chilly struggle historical past. This quantity bargains an authoritative photograph of Britain's clandestine function within the improvement of the chilly battle focusing upon the main problems with intelligence and technique.

Show description

Read Online or Download British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-1951 PDF

Best great britain books

Power and Professions in Britain, 1700-1850

The fashionable professions have an extended heritage that predates the improvement of formal associations and examinations within the 19th century. lengthy prior to the Victorian period the emergent professions wielded energy via their professional wisdom and arrange casual mechanisms of regulate and self-regulation.

Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838

Even though a lot has been written approximately Scottish involvement in slavery, the contribution of Scots to the abolition of black slavery has now not but been sufficiently recognized. This booklet starts off with a Virginian slave looking his freedom in Scotland in 1756 and ends with the abolition of the apprenticeship scheme within the West Indian colonies in 1838.

Citizenship and Community: Liberals, Radicals and Collective Identities in the British Isles, 1865-1931

Citizenship and neighborhood explores the hyperlinks between liberalism, social democracy and nationalism in the framework of conventional republican beliefs of "civic advantage" and lively citizenship. It examines quite a few "currents of radicalism" in Britain and eire, from Victorian complicated liberals to Irish and Welsh socialists within the Twenties.

Bannockburn: The Triumph of Robert the Bruce

Few battles resonate via British background as strongly as Bannockburn. On June 24, 1314, the Scots below the management of Robert the Bruce all of sudden trounced the English, leaving hundreds of thousands useless or wounded. The victory was once one among Scotland’s maximum, the extra so as the Scottish military used to be outnumbered through approximately 3 to 1.

Extra resources for British Intelligence, Strategy and the Cold War, 1945-1951

Sample text

68 Slessor, who would eventually replace Tedder as Chief of the Air Staff, was equally scathing on its failure to mention the need for ‘a very efficient organisation for Scientific and Technical intelligence’ for use, if necessary, against Britain’s allies as well as her adversaries. 69 Despite these stern criticisms, a redrafted version of this paper in June 1946, taking account of new information on atomic warfare, was not much better. Jones, in his autobiographical accounts of this period, has condemned the post-war reorganization of Britain’s scientific intelligence as an unmitigated disaster.

During the war the JIC undertook not only interpretation but also a managerial role, being instructed to ‘improve the efficient working of the intelligence organisation of the country as a whole’. 4 Changes in the role of the JIC in the post-war period offer important insights into the problems of reshaping intelligence for peacetime duties. After 1945, the JIC remained the focus of strategic intelligence and an important link between the military, the diplomats and the intelligence community. 8 The co-ordinating work of the JIC was supplemented by a plethora of additional mechanisms.

Jones’s proposals were rejected by Blackett in favour of an interService organization theoretically focused upon the consumers of its intelligence, the Service departments, rather than the producers, SIS. Each Service intelligence department was to have a scientific section headed by a scientific intelligence adviser to liaise with research programmes. Also SIS’s ‘Scientific Intelligence Section should include a Scientific Intelligence Adviser, independent of all three Services and, as assistants to the latter, such other scientists as “C” may find necessary’.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.37 of 5 – based on 43 votes