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The British Army and its Intelligence Corps, 1904-1940

The British Army and its Intelligence Corps, 1904-1940

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Dr Jim Beach discusses the history of the Intelligence Corps. After their experiences in the South African war the British Expeditionary Force took a small Intelligence Corps to France in 1914. Consisting initially of a handful of police detectives and some civilian linguists hastily put into uniform, it later grew to a thousand personnel spread across most headquarters. Similar corps were also formed in Britain, Egypt, Salonika, Egypt, and Italy. But the Intelligence Corps’ status was precarious and, in spite of sterling work, at the end of the war they were dissolved. This talk considers the rise and fall of this unusual organisation and its subsequent re-birth in the summer of 1940.

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