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9. Post-war recruitment zones

‘The four powers divided “Germany as a whole” into four occupation zones for administrative purposes under the three Western Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom, France) and the Soviet Union, respectively. This division was ratified at the August 1945 Potsdam Conference.

Some of the correspondence in the Matchbox files show evidence of co-operation between the Russians and the UK as they sorted through the available assets (scientists, technicians, doctors, engineers, propulsion designers, chemists and a half-dozen or so individuals engaged in nerve gas experiments (Sarin and Tabun) – in one instance an individual of value was found to be held in the old Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

‘Renamed Camp No. 2, Buchenwald held German prisoners of war between 1945 and 1950, of whom 7,000 died.’

The organisation responsible for the UK side of the procurement of these assets was called the Scientific and Technical Intelligence Branch (S.T.I.B.)

The following are in file order …


The entire file consists of 48 pages.

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  1. MyName #

    Maybe I watch too many movies, but I thought they’re supposed to cross out the classification once they release stuff (i.e. something still marked “Top Secret” theoretically still has that classification
    In a previous life I got told off for leaving a sensitive (or at least classified) document on my desk, so I crossed out the classification and said “Problem solved”. For some reason, my director was not amused…that was when they split it into NatSec and non-NatSec classifications, and the agency I was at was considered non-NatSec (even though what we did was probably the definition of NatSec). If you’re following the story I think it was “Protected” – which back then I think was accessible with a “Restricted” (NatSec) or “Protected (non-NatSec) (roughly equivalent to “Baseline” today) clearance – that is, the current definition of “Protected” might be a higher classification than it was when it was in the Non-NatSec stream.
    If anyone cares, I think NatSec was (Confidential), Restricted, Secret, Top-Secret while non-NatSec had Protected, Highly Protected, Secret whereas today’s classifications are Official (similar to Comercial in Confidence), Protected, Secret, Top Secret (and at some levels there’s caveats and codewords to further limit accessibility). That’s officialy. But given that TS is accessibly with an NV2 clearance (to people with appropriate need to know) you’d have to ask what is Positive Vetting for?

    July 9, 2021
    • MyName: all I know is the bloke who slipped the file to me in the Red Cow said he had been positively vetted by MI6 ..

      July 9, 2021

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