C. I. HANDBOOK GERMANY SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
OFFICE OF ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF G-2, COUNTER INTELLIGENCE SUB-DIVISION, SUPREME H.Q. ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, October 1944
A very rare, original, WW2 Supreme Allied Forces HQ Counter-Intelligence Handbook, marked ‘Restricted’, and produced by S.H.A.E.F. in 1944. It was a restricted document, intended only to be used by Allied intelligence officers serving in North Western Europe, in particular by those entering Germany during the final months of the war, in preparation for the impending defeat of Nazi Germany.
This copy comes with the extremely rare additional Charts Supplement folder, including 8 large format coloured charts and diagrams, showing the orgnaisational structure of key Nazi organizations, such as the SS, SA and Wehrkreis. There is also a typewritten SHAEF Counter Intelligence Section corrections and amendments sheet, dated 7th November 1944 and marked 'Confidential', loosely inserted in the book. The book is signed in pencil on the front cover by a Captain (name indistinct) from the SHAEF G-2 section.
C.I. Handbook Germany provides an overview of the Nazi State, Nazi Party organization, and the organization of paramilitary formations like the SA, SS, Hitler Youth, NSKK, NSFK and Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD). One chapter covers various police formations such as the Ordnungspolizei (including the Schutzpolizei, Gendarmerie, Feuerschutz Polizei, Wasserschutzpolizei, Hilfspolizei, Technische Nothilfe, Verwaltungspolizei), the Sicherheitspolizei, Reichskriminalpolizei and Gestapo. Another section covers the Abwehr, and the Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführer-SS.
There is also an extensive glossary of German terms and abbreviations, with complete German names and English translations. The glossary is followed by 13 excellent full-page colour plates of Nazi uniforms, headgear, daggers, gorgets, lanyards, collar tabs, shoulder boards and other insignia of paramilitary and police organizations, including the SS, SA, and Hitler Youth.
At the back of the book there are fold-out charts providing a detailed organizational plan of the various police units organized under the the Interior Ministry of Heinrich Himmler, a fold-out map showing the various Prussian and other provinces throughout Germany, and another large fold-out map of the Wehrkreise or defence districts and Gaue in Nazi Germany.
There is also a fascinating additional Charts Supplement, including highly detailed charts and diagrams, illustrating the administration and structure of the Nazi State and its paramilitary forces.
In good condition. The card cover is in good condition, with general signs of wear and use, some creased corners, and some minor marks. The binding is good and secure. The text, colour plates, and maps are in very good condition with a few marks. The Charts Supplement is in good condition with general signs of wear. The 8 charts are in good condition with a few marks.
Published: 1944 Khaki card covers Illustrated with colour plates, maps, and fold-outs Dimensions: 120mm x 185mm Pages: 162 (plus 13 colour plates, and fold outs & maps)
Charts Supplement: Khaki card folder, with 8 large folding charts