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‘File 4/2 (1.a/50) M.E.I.C. publicity’ [‎1r] (3/54)

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The record is made up of 1 file (25 folios). It was created in 13 Aug 1939- 26 Jun 1943. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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[N.B .— Tkis is an ORIGINAL mesxage sent hy AIR MAIL which provides a means of communication more
expeditious than the ordinary mail and is cheaper than the telegraph. It is intended to be treated,
on receipt, with the same expedition an if it had been telegraphed. To sate time and to obviate
formalities it is drafted in the form of a telegram. It is authenticated by the signalure of a
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Folitioal Agent, Kuwait*
Irolitioal A^entf Bahrain*
Politioal Agent, Musoat*
His Majesty*s Secretary of State for India,
^ xh e Secretary to the Governmeat of India,
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Subjeot < Middle Kast Intelligence Centre at
A Middle i£ast Intelligence Centre at ^airo under the control
of the War Office, to collate aud co-ordinate information from all
sources about the area in the Kiddle JSast allotted to it, will open
on idth August*
2* The only action required from you at present is to send
iy«les of your fortnightly Intelligence Sum varies to this Centre*
Axij other information will normally be communicated to the Centre
by the Resident* The Centre will issue periodical Summaries of
which you will receive a copy*
Communications to the Centre should be addressed as follows:
Outer cover to
The General Officer Commanding*in-Chief,
British Forces in Sgypt,
Cairo, BOYTT*
S. 44.
MFP—1813 S&P—{M.2617>—21 -4-37—15,000.
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The file is about a change in administrative arrangements, following receipt of a general instruction in 1939, to send all future intelligence summaries to the new Middle East Intelligence Centre (M.E.I.C.) at Cairo.

The file contains confidential, secret and most secret copy letters and telegrams, mainly from Trenchard Craven William Fowle ( Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ) to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain. The correspondence begins with a request from Fowle, asking the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain to start sending copies of his fortnightly intelligence summaries to the newly opened M.E.I.C. Both this request and subsequent correspondence contains detailed instructions about the secure communication of intelligence reports and summaries between British officials in the Arab Gulf States and the Intelligence Centre at Cairo, including the use of cyphers and code words. The copy correspondence includes a secret telegram (T. No. 9276 dated 19 April 1941) and a most secret memorandum ( M.E.I.C./1/59 dated 21 April 1941) from the Intelligence Centre, containing instructions about the use of the code word ‘Steel’ in messages to indicate that information has been supplied by a most secret source (ff.13-17).

The file also includes copies of six printed distribution lists with the security classification ‘Most Secret’, for the circulation of intelligence summaries compiled by the Political Intelligence Centre Middle East, May-June 1943.

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1 file (25 folios)

The file contains ten items of correspondence (ff.1-17), followed by six distribution lists, all arranged in chronological order. The notes at the end of the file contain a chronological list of the second half of the file contents (ff.13-24).

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Foliation: numbered 1 to 26 in the top right hand corner. The numbering starts at the front of the file, on the first file enclosure (f.1) and ends on the inside cover at the back of the file (f.26). The front file cover is not foliated.

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