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.)
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