Key People

This list was drawn up on the basis of input provided by the Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War Editorial Board. It is not intended to be a comprehensive catalog of all individuals named in the files, but is rather a guide to the key military, political, and intelligence figures in Britain and abroad who appear in the files and who played an important role in the events and operations discussed. The list provides a route into the study of early twentieth century British intelligence, foreign policy, and international relations through some of the most significant personalities in these fields.

 

JIC Chairmen

JIC Chairmen Start Date                          
End Date
Desmond Anderson
July 1936        
December 1937
Roger Evans
February 1938        
July 1938
Frederick Beaumont-Nesbitt          
November 1938
July 1939
Ralph Skrine Stevenson 
August 1939
December 1939
Victor Cavendish-Bentinck
December 1939
August 1945
Harold Caccia
November 1945
August 1946
William Hayter
October 1946
November 1950
Patrick Reilly
November 1950
April 1953
Patrick Dean
May 1953
July 1960

 

JIC Secretaries

JIC Secretaries                         
Start Date                           
End Date
Leslie Hollis
July 1936
March 1939
Arthur Cornwall-Jones
April 1939
June 1939
Arthur Barnard
June 1939
April 1940
Richard White Cooper
May 1940
May 1940
CT Edwards
May 1940
February 1941
Stephen Shoosmith
March 1941
November 1941
Denis Capel-Dunn
November 1941
June 1943
Edward King-Salter
July 1943
October 1945
Thomas Haddon
October 1945
May 1946
Paul Gleadell
August 1946
September 1948
John Gardiner
October 1948
July 1951
Eric Searight
August 1951
February 1956
JG Atkinson
February 1956
November 1957

 
Politicians, Statesmen and Royalty: United Kingdom

Alfred Duff Cooper
Anthony Eden
Clement Attlee
David Lloyd George
Duncan Sandys
Edward Grey
Edward VIII
Edward Wood
Ernest Bevin
George VI
Hugh Dalton
Jan Smuts
John Anderson
Neville Chamberlain
Ramsay MacDonald
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Roundell Palmer
Samuel Hoare
Stanley Baldwin
Winston Churchill
 

Politicians, Statesmen and Royalty: Rest of World

Ion Antonescu
David Ben-Gurion
Georges Bidault
Galeazzo Ciano
Jean Darlan
Dwight D Eisenhower
Francisco Franco
Charles de Gaulle
Rudolf Hess
Heinrich Himmler
Adolf Hitler
Miklós Horthy
Amin Al-Husayni
Pierre Laval
Vladimir Lenin
George Marshall
Stanisław Mikołajczyk
Vyacheslav Molotov
Benito Mussolini
Jawaharlal Nehru
Philippe Pétain
Franklin D Roosevelt
António de Oliveira Salazar
Ramón Serrano Suñer
Władysław Sikorski
Josef Stalin
Josip Tito
Leon Trotsky
Harry S Truman
Éamon de Valera
Grigori Zinoviev
Haile Selassie
Wallis Simpson
Joachim von Ribbentrop 

 

Military Personnel: United Kingdom

Alan Brooke
Andrew Cunningham
Bernard Montgomery
Claude Auchinleck
George MacDonogh
Harold Alexander
Hastings Ismay
Ian Jacob

Military Personnel: Rest of World

Hans-Jürgen von Arnim
Pietro Badoglio
Ugo Cavallero
Karl Dönitz
Hermann Göring
Heinz Guderian
Franz Halder
Alfred Jodl
Wilhelm Keitel
Albert Kesselring
Friedrich Paulus
Erwin Rommel
Walter Warlimont
Henri Giraud
Dragoljub Mihailović

 

Military Intelligence Personnel: United Kingdom

Alexander Bethell
Charles Medhurst
Francis Fressanges
Gerald Templer
Henry Pownall
John Inglis
William MacDonald
Anthony Buzzard
Arthur Shortt
Christopher Courtney
Douglas Packard
Edmund Rushbrooke
Edward Parry
Eric Longley-Cook
Francis Davidson
Francis De Guingand
Francis Inglis
James Troup
John Godfrey
Lawrence Pendred
Neill Ogilvie-Forbes
Richard Peirse
Robert Haining
Thomas Elmhirst
Valentine Boucher


Intelligence Services Personnel: United Kingdom

Alan Crick
Alastair Denniston
Claude Dansey
Dante Hodgson
David Petrie
Desmond Morton
Dick White
Edward Travis
Eric Jones
Frank Birch
Frank Foley
Frank Nelson
Frederick Winterbotham
Geoffrey Vickers
Guy Liddell
Hugh Sinclair
Ian Fleming
John Sinclair
Kenneth Strong
Laurence Grand
Mansfield Smith-Cumming
Percy Sillitoe
Percy Sykes
Roger Hollis
Stewart Menzies
Valentine Vivian
Vernon Kell
William Stephenson
William Wiseman


Intelligence Services Personnel, Agents and Defectors: Rest of World

Klaus Fuchs
Alan Nunn May
Igor Gouzenko
Hilaire Noulens
Harold 'Kim' Philby
John Edgar Hoover
Wilhelm Canaris
William Donovan

 
Diplomats and Civil Servants

Nevile Bland
Edward Bridges
Herbert Brittain
Thomas Bromley
Norman Brook
Alexander Cadogan
Archibald Clark Kerr
Charles Carstairs
Eyre Crowe
Warren Fisher
Aubrey Halford
Maurice Hankey
Charles Hardinge
Frederick Hoyer Millar
Gladwyn Jebb
Ivone Kirkpatrick
Ronald Lindsay
Peter Loxley
Arthur Nicolson
Orme Sargent
William Strang
William Tyrrell
Robert Vansittart
Horace Wilson
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