File Title Secret Service Funding: Defence Departments
Reference CAB 301/4
Date 12 February 1940 - 12 April 1946
Government Department Cabinet Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013
Notes Sections of this document have been retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1958.


A file of correspondence concerning the funding of British intelligence operations abroad during the Second World War. Subjects covered in the file include estimates of funding requirements from the Secret Service Vote; the provision of military equipment for irregular warfare in the Balkans and Italian East Africa; a British mission to eradicate "hostile elements" in the Free French regime in Syria; the provision of entertainment and gifts for Arab sheikhs; the finances of various intelligence-gathering operations by the Ministry of Economic Warfare abroad and the administrative responsibility for financing these operations; and the production of counterfeit sterling notes by the German government. The file also includes a short report on the low public morale and lack of political engagement in Germany following the failure of a plot to assassinate Hitler in July 1944, and the subsequent political influence of Heinrich Himmler.

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