Thomas McKitterick: Papers relating to his service with the Intelligence Corps in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1942-1945

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into two principal sections. The first part is comprised of personal papers relating to McKitterick's career, 1942-1945, and includes requests for transfer, administrative problems with his pay, and some of his confidential reports on individuals considered for special missions. The second section comprises a run of the PICME-produced 'Balkan Political Intelligence Notes' and its successor the 'Balkan Political Review'. These regular briefings for military and political personnel provide an insight into changing British perceptions of the forces and characters that shaped the politics of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, and Turkey during the late years of the war.

I. Personal correspondence

1-15. Service with MI12, Haifa and Cairo, 12 Feb. 1942 - [28 Nov. 1943].

16-17. Service with Force 133 SOE, 25 - 27 June 1944.

18-20. Service with the Political Intelligence Centre, Cairo, 20 Oct. 1944 - 25 Nov. 1944.

21-22. Service with the Political Intelligence Centre, Athens, [Dec. 1944] - 31 Jan. 1945.

23-24. Service with Agis PWB Sub-Mission Greece, 24-30 July 1945.

II. Correspondence with Lt-Col. Basil L. Deed, PIC HQ (Cairo)

68 letters, 25 Oct. 1944 - 23 Feb. 1945, relating to the establishment of and problems faced by a PIC branch in liberated Athens.

III. Reports and other papers

1. Morse Code, with (on verso) brief notes on Major I.A.A. Blaikie and Lt H.G. Barnham, undated, c. 1942.

2. Service with MI12, Cairo (Head of Free-French Section), undated (the last date on the list is 1 Jan. 1944).

3-5. Service with Force 133 SOE, 18 May 1944 - 7 July 1944.

6-10. Security Intelligence Middle East (SIME) Reports, 20-28 Dec 1944.

IV. PIC and other political reports

1-7. September 1944 - March 1945.

V. Balkan Political Intelligence Notes

16 June 1943 - 7 Oct. 1944.

VI. Balkan Political Review

13 Sep. 1944 - 13 Feb. 1945.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Edward Maurice McKitterick was an extra-mural lecturer in International Relations in the University of Wales at the outbreak of war in September 1939. A change in the schedule of reserved occupations allowed him to enlist with the Royal Fusiliers in August 1940 and, being a fluent linguist, he was commissioned Lieutenant in the newly-formed Intelligence Corps in March 1941. After brief periods of attachment to the Matlock training centre and to MI9 in London, McKitterick was posted to MI12 (Middle East) where, having listed Greek as his eighth-strongest foreign language, he was appointed a censorship officer in Haifa, with particular responsibility for scrutinising the large quantity of Greek correspondence generated in the city. McKitterick disliked the posting, and repeatedly requested a transfer, but through his work became fluent in the language and an expert on the politics of Greece, a nation then still under German occupation.

In January 1944 McKitterick was attached to Cretan Section Force 133 Special Operations Executive (SOE), responsible for the selection of Allied agents to operate on the island. Thereafter, following a spell as an intelligence officer with the Political Information Centre Middle East (PICME) in Cairo, he spent a few weeks at the end of 1944 in liberated Athens, as head of the city section of the PIC. However, McKitterick found his work hindered by his junior rank and the hostility of British political officers, including Harold Caccia, the future Lord Caccia, and he was transferred to other intelligence duties.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by David McKitterick, son of T.E.M. McKitterick, 1987.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.