Armed Forces Part 5: correspondence and papers relating to venereal disease

Scope and Content

Consists of:

- correspondence concerning brothels in Mediterranean areas (Abyssinia, Eritrea, Libya and Italian Somaliland, Egypt, Greece, Sudan and Turkey) with the aim of closing or making them out of bounds to British and Empire Forces

- correspondence concerning the Machine Gunner's article in 'The Shield' 1941

- correspondence concerning the closure of brothels in Cairo but not in Alexandria or Khartoum

- papers relating to the International Council of Women's meeting on 10 Oct 1944 to consider the Fifth Draft Convention for the Suppression of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (typed speeches given by Lord Balfour of Burleigh, Mrs GH Forster, Madame Wanda Grabinska)

- correspondence concerning displaced persons from European countries

- Meliscent Shephard's report of visit to Calcutta at the request of the Metropolitan of India to observe the prostitution areas and use by the army (1942)

- extract from Annual Report of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene in India for year 1942-1943

- correspondence concerning the Commander-in-chief in India and army policy in regard to brothels and prostitution ie no recognition - similar position taken by the navy and air force

- the need for qualified Englishwomen to work in the War Office in India

Publications:

- pamphlet 'A machine-gunner speaks to doctors of the forces' Exeter, c.1918

- pamphlet 'The soldier's welfare. Notes for Officers', The War Office, 1941 (see pages 12 and 13)

- pamphlet 'Report of the Committee on Amenities and Welfare Conditions in the Three Women's Services', London: HMSO, 1942

- pamphlet 'The sex problem in the armed forces' by Harry Benjamin, Urologic and Cutaneous Press, 1944

- pamphlet 'Report by the Earl of Munster on the Welfare of Troops in India and South East Asia Commands', Cmd 6578, London: HMSO, 1944

- leaflet 'Calcutta welcomes you' from the Information Bureau