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Series II: World War I Military Intelligence, 1914-1918 and undated

Identifier: RG-08- Series II

Scope and Contents

This series of World War I Military Intelligence records is mainly comprised of attache reports. The scope and content of the intelligence materials contained within the reports is vast; however, the greater part of the material bears on military conditions and the military might and preparedness of European nations both allied and unfriendly. Some intelligence data also exists for the countries of the Far East and Latin America.

The information contained in the attache reports was derived from various sourced: U.S., British, French and Italian Naval Attaches, German deserters, and British Admiralty reports to name a few. Much of the information was supplied by nameless individuals who were merely identified by a letter symbol.

The attache reports are found in two forms: the original copies of the reports and bimonthly compilations of the derived intelligence data. The reports, despited the form and organization they assume, generally contain the same type of information and are arranged chronologically. There is a card catalog index to these records in four file drawers. The cards are filed alphabetically by subject with references to volume and page numbers. This card catalog is available and assessible only onsite at the Naval Historical Collection.


  • Creation: 1914-1918 and undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access is open to all researchers, unless otherwise specified.


20 boxes

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English

Custodial History

Information on the provenance of this series of records is scanty and incomplete. Apparently the records were housed at the Naval War College until 1955, when they were transferred to the Naval Records Management Center at Garden City, Long Island. Upon the disestablishment of the Center at Garden City, the records were shifted to the Federal Records Cener at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and then back to the Naval War College in 1970, where they were incorporated into the Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Naval War College Archives Repository

US Naval War College
686 Cushing Rd
Newport RI 02841 US