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File Title 'C', Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS): Cable Traffic through UK; Cable to Iceland and the Faroe Islands
Reference FO 1093/313
Date 3 April 1940 - 30 April 1942
Government Department Foreign Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013

Description

A file of correspondence discussing the construction of an improved telegraph service between Britain, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The letters discuss the inadequacy of the existing arrangements, and the need for an improved service; the inadvisability of using radio communications instead, due to the possibility of interception by the enemy; and a political struggle in Britain over who would control the cable, the Post Office, the Cable and Wireless Company, or the Great Northern Company, which due to its Danish connections was accused by its competitors of being under enemy control.

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