File Title Readiness of the Secret Service for War
Reference CAB 301/16
Date 6 October 1950 - 19 December 1950
Government Department Cabinet Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013
Notes A document within this file has been retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1958.


A file of reports, correspondence, meeting minutes and memoranda concerning the readiness of the British intelligence services for a future war with the USSR. Topics of discussion in this file include the amount of time needed to properly prepare for a future war; intelligence gathering methods behind the Iron Curtain; the funding of the preparations; cooperation and sharing of intelligence with US intelligence services; and the organisation of ‘stay-behind’ agents to organise underground resistance in the event that Western Europe was overrun by the Red Army.

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