Catalogue description War Office and Ministry of Defence: Confidential Print

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Details of WO 279
Reference: WO 279
Title: War Office and Ministry of Defence: Confidential Print

Handbooks, manuals and memoranda printed for use within the War Office or by the Army, and not included in WO 33. They cover army manoeuvres in England, Scotland and Ireland, staff conferences, handbooks, manuals (including manuals of military intelligence, 1946-1960) and other instructional material, and regulations.

Date: 1874-1990

Before 1946 the relevant registered file reference was indicated on the print but thereafter a numerical code was adopted for papers still in current use and for future issues.

Related material:

For related printed material see: WO 33

For papers in lettered series see: WO 287

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Ministry of Defence, 1947-

War Office, 1857-1964

Physical description: 881 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1981 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: Series is accruing.
Administrative / biographical background:

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries it was common for documents to be printed for confidential distribution within the War Office, other military departments and among units. By the 1850s a sub-division of the Chief Clerk's Branch was responsible for such confidential printing and one or other branches of the Central Division of the War Office (C Branches) continued to deal with the printing, distribution and control of material until 1962 when the responsibility passed to one of the security branches.

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