Directorate of Military Intelligence (United Kingdom)

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Directorate of Military Intelligence (United Kingdom)

Post by Ria on Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:39 pm

[size=42]Directorate of Military Intelligence (United Kingdom)[/size]
"MI16" redirects here. For other uses, see MI16 (disambiguation).
Directorate of Military Intelligence

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  • Department of Topography & Statistics


  • Defence Intelligence

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  • Secretary of State for War

War Office
The Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) was a department of the British War Office.[1]
Over its lifetime the Directorate underwent a number of organisational changes, absorbing and shedding sections over time.

EdThe first instance of an organisation which would later become the DMI was the Department of Topography & Statistics, formed by Major Thomas Best Jervis, late of the Bombay Engineer Corps, in 1854 in the early stages of the Crimean War.[2]

When the War Office was subsumed into the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1964, the DMI was absorbed into the Defence Intelligence Staff.[3]


During World War I, British secret services were divided into numbered sections named Military Intelligence, department number x, abbreviated to MIx, such as MI1 for information management. The branch, department, section, and sub-section numbers varied through the life of the department, however examples include:[4]

MI1Codes and cyphers. Later merged with other code-breaking agencies and became Government Code and Cypher School (now known as Government Communications Headquarters).
MI2Information on Middle and Far East, Scandinavia, US, USSR, Central and South America.
MI3Information on Eastern Europe and the Baltic Provinces (plus USSR and Scandinavia after summer 1941).
MI4Geographical section—maps (transferred to Military Operations in April 1940).
MI6Liaison with Secret Intelligence Service and Foreign Office.
MI7Press and propaganda (transferred to Ministry of Information in May 1940).
MI8Signals interception and communications security.
MI9Escaped British PoW debriefing, escape and evasion (also: enemy PoW interrogation until 1941).
MI10Technical Intelligence worldwide.
MI11Military Security.
MI12Liaison with censorship organisations in Ministry of Information, military censorship.
MI13Undocumented Intelligence and Special operations
MI14Germany and German-occupied territories (aerial photography until spring 1943).
MI15Aerial photography. In the spring of 1943, aerial photography moved to the Air Ministry and MI15 became air defence intelligence.
MI16Scientific Intelligence (formed 1945).[5]
MI17Secretariat for Director of Military Intelligence from April 1943.
MI18Officially used only in fiction. Theorised (with little evidence) to have been responsible for identifying and destroying communist organisations in German occupied territory and attempting slow the Soviet advance in order to ensure the Allies reached Berlin before the Soviets. May also have assisted with the US's efforts to recruit and capture Axis defectors and prevent them from defecting or being captured by the USSR.
MI19Enemy prisoner of war interrogation (formed from MI9 in December 1941).
MI (JIS)Related to Joint Intelligence Staff, a sub-group of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Axis planning staff.
MI L(R)Russian Liaison.
Two MI section-names remain in common use, MI5 and MI6, in most part due to their use in spy fiction and the news media.
"MI5" is used as the short form name of the Security Service, is included in the agency's logo and web address. MI6 is included as an alias on the Secret Intelligence Service website, though the official abbreviation, SIS, is predominant.
While the monikers remain, the agencies are now responsible to different departments of state, MI5 to the Home Office, and MI6 the Foreign Office.
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[size=42]Directorate of Military Intelligence[/size]
Directorate of Military Intelligence or Military Intelligence Directorate may refer to:

  • Directorate of Military Intelligence (India)
  • Directorate of Military Intelligence (Ireland)
  • Directorate of Military Intelligence (Nepal)
  • Directorate of Military Intelligence (Sri Lanka)
  • Directorate of Military Intelligence (United Kingdom)
  • Military Intelligence Directorate (Israel)
  • Military Intelligence Directorate (Syria)

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