German Senior Officers at Trent Park, November 1944 ©Bundesarchiv
Wars produce innovation and ingenuity in all sorts of shapes and guises. During the Second World War this was particularly so, and as a result we have probably all heard of radar, bouncing bombs and swimming tanks. Most people these days will also have heard, despite many years of secrecy, of the innovative approaches adopted at Bletchley Park to gather vital signals intelligence from Germany and its allies. However, I suspect fewer people will be aware of another piece of unusual and innovative intelligence gathering that went on during the War.
Right at the start of the Second World War an organisation was set up that would become known as the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre (CSDIC). Its purpose was to interrogate enemy prisoners of war. It was run by an organisation called MI19 and led by a man with…
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