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Intelligence Supplement No. 3 [No.5, No.7, & No.10] - Notes on the Officers serving with the Enemy Forces in German East Africa.

MEINERTZHAGEN Major R. (1916.)

£2750.00 

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4to. Four separate reports representing the revision and refining of the state of intelligence with respect to the Officers on the German Staff. Each contains full-page facsimiles of the officers' signatures, also Imperial Eagle insignia and a reproduction of the "New German [20 Heller] War Coin made from English Cartridge Cases." In the first two reports these insignia and coins have been coloured in pencil crayon. All very good wire-stitched in the original wraps, staples rusted, wraps of No.10 beginning to separate and with a tear, no loss, to the lower panel. 18pp., 26pp., 27pp., 36pp. N.p. [In the Field], July-December,

Contained within a card folder headed "Intelligence Section, General Head-Quarters, East Africa Force" with the ownership inscription of Lieut. G.S. Johnson and a MS listing of the Intelligence Supplements from I - VII, which reveals that the missing issues from the series were Road Reports. Johnson's ownership inscription to the upper panel of the first two reports. The whole contained within a card file with stencilled title, "Enemy Officers G.E.A.".

The fruits of Meinertzhagen's renowned, or perhaps infamous, D[irty] P[aper] M[ethod]: "I... found that the contents of German officers' latrines were a constant source of filthy though accurate information as odd pieces of paper containing messages, notes on enciphering and decoding, and private letters were often used where lavatory paper did not exist... By June 1915 I had collected, through captured documents and DPM, the signatures and occupations of almost every German employed in German East. These were reproduced and distributed to every officer, so that when a paper with a signature came into their hands they would know who it was and what his job was." [Army Diary p.127, illustrations facing pp.128-9.]

Extremely uncommon.

Stock Code: 86227