Secrecy, sabotage, and aiding the resistance: how Anglo-American co-operation shaped World War Two

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US-UK diplomacy, intelligence sharing, and sabotage operations in enemy territory, 1939-1954

US-UK diplomacy, intelligence sharing, and sabotage operations in enemy territory, 1939-1954

Like the America First Committee, most of the Isolationist-cum-Fifth Columnist organizations sickened and died after Pearl Harbor, but not before carrying on as long as they could muster any support.
British security services, 1942British security services' activities in the USA, 1940-1945; Political warfare, fifth columnists and propaganda in the United States, 1941-1942, img 215

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When the British and American security services went to war together, their targets included morale, supplies and governments. Sabotage training and supplying rebels in occupied countries weakened the enemy. Friends were found in Italy and hostile groups in America. The American OSS and British SOE would also deliberately keep some information from each other. When they did work together, companies in hostile countries were blacklisted and their covert Jedburgh units supported allied rebels around the world.

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Secrecy, sabotage, and aiding the resistance: how Anglo-American co-operation shaped World War Two...

Containing 59,215 pages belonging to 222 documents housed in 11 volumes...

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Highlights

Anglo-American operations in China and the South East Asia Command, 1940-1946

These items include a situation map for Canton in Hong Kong, during June 1944. The map reveals which armies were operating where, lists military unit numbers, and includes military landmarks. Find out more.

British security services' activities in the USA, 1940-1945

A report on the America First Committee explores its origins, leaders and connections. This item also examines the Committee's activities to prevent the US from entering World War 2. Find out more.

Britain and the US in South and Central America, 1940-1946

The Free French refused to surrender to Germany; instead they fought alongside the Allied Forces in the colonies. One of these letters describes British plans to bribe the government of French Guiana to join the Free French. Find out more.

British security services’ activities in the USA, 1940-1945

These papers discuss Anthony Eden's trip to Washington in March of 1943. British concerns about ethnic minorities from Italy and the Balkans were rumoured to be on the agenda and for this meeting. Find out more.

Insights

  • This collection is arranged by country, then by subject. The majority of these papers focus on the years from 1940 until 1945.
  • Most of these records are files on specific subjects rather than reports. General reports on worldwide events can be found in the last group of this collection 'Ministry of Economic Warfare and economic intelligence, 1939-1945'.
  • The highest volumes of diplomatic materials can be found in 'British security services' activities in the USA, 1940-1945', 'Anglo-American operations in China…1940-1946', and 'US and British…operations in Europe, 1940-1945'.
  • Records on the US-UK Jedburgh teams, their sabotage training and their operations in occupied territory are all in one place. They can be found under 'Anglo-American joint projects, 1940-1954.
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