Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Military Government, Berlin, 1968-1990
Immediate source of acquisition:
From 2003 Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Selection and destruction information:
Selected under acquisition policy criterion 126.96.36.199, documenting the work of diplomatic staff in Berlin operating as part of the British Military Government. Policy files preserved where information on the files has not been copied to FCO in London or other lead department. Series will not excede 10m.
Occasional further accruals can be expected.
Administrative / biographical background:
The British Military Government, Berlin, was established after the Second World War to run the British sector of Berlin and work with the forces of the other allied states to manage the various joint bodies established in the city.
The British Military Government was headed by a Commandant who was a serving military officer, but the importance of maintaining diplomatic relations with the other occupying powers and the German authorities was recognised in the post of Deputy Commandant being filled by a diplomat. Under the Deputy Commandant, whose diplomatic rank was that of Minister, worked a number of Foreign Office (from 1968 Foreign and Commonwealth Office) staff, including economic and financial advisers, legal advisers, political advisers, protocol and information officers as well as generalist diplomats. The Office also included a consular-general post and a visa office.
The British Military Government was wound up in 1990 following the re-unification of East and West Germany.
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