Cabinet Office: Special Secret Information Centre: Files
This series consists of files prepared as definitive dossiers on major defence and political issues. The file series were set up by General Ismay, Deputy Secretary on the military side of the War Cabinet and Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee on the Prime Minister's instructions.
The files include extracts from the minutes and papers of the top-level conferences, of the War Cabinet, Defence Committee (O & S), COS Committee, Joint Planners, Joint Intelligence Committee, Combined Chiefs of Staff and its sub-committees, minutes and telegrams by Churchill on military matters, COS telegrams and all relevant telegrams and letters of the service departments, of the Foreign Office and other departments as well as Cabinet War Room daily records and situation reports (SITREPS); drafts of letters, minutes and telegrams were not usually included.
Files are divided into
- Series A: Policy and Strategy, including relations with allies
- Series B: United Kingdom
- Series C: USA, Iceland, Central and South America
- Series D: Europe and Scandinavia
- Series E: Iberian Peninsula and North Africa
- Series F: Middle East
- Series G: Far East and India
The Special Secret Information Centre (SIC) was set up in June 1941 following a meeting of the Defence (Operations) Committee on 17 June 1941, in which the Prime Minister said that he was anxious that commanders-in-chief should be kept fully informed of the situation, but that he was reluctant to increase the circulation of highly secret papers. Accordingly the Prime Minister gave instructions to organise a Special Secret Information Centre which commanders-in-chief could visit whenever they came to London.
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