Admiralty and Ministry of Defence: Naval Intelligence Division and Defence Intelligence Staff: United Kingdom Beach Intelligence Records
This series consists of NID and DI 19 Beach Survey policy files and beach intelligence reports of the coasts and inland waterways of the British Isles, including a comprehensive survey carried out between 1946 and 1966 (Operation SANDSTONE).
This record series is rich in photographic content.
The files are arranged geographically, covering the west coast of Scotland and outlying islands, then from north to south, the east coast of Scotland and the remainder of the British Isles in a clockwise direction; Northern Ireland, Eire and Jersey are also covered.
Ministry of Defence, Defence Intelligence Staff, 1964-
Operation SANDSTONE which was instituted in 1947 to survey the coast of the United Kingdom to facilitate re-occupation by the United States in the event of the UK being over-run in war. The series consists of beach intelligence reports of the coasts and inland waterways of the United Kingdom from a comprehensive survey conducted in the 1950's and subsequent reports of beach surveys carried out in succeeding years. The survey team was disbanded in 1966 before the project was completed due to the invalidity of the original strategic concept by that date.
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