History: 4 March 2008 releases

This is the seventh release of Security Service records since the full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act in January 2005. Though exempt from the Act, the Security Service has continued to make its records available to researchers. This, the seventeenth Security Service release, contains 137 files, bringing the total number of its records in the public domain to nearly 4,000.

As with previous releases nearly three-quarters of the records are personal files relating to individuals (KV 2), with a small number of subject files (KV 3), policy files (KV 4), organisation files (KV 5) and a single list file (KV 6).

The majority of files are from 1939-45 but there are a considerable number from the inter- and post- war periods, dealing with a range of groups and subjects, including: German agents and intelligence officers; British Communists and suspected Communists, Soviet intelligence agents and officers; Soviet defectors; right-wing extremists; and others.

Of the personal files in this release, the most notable include those relating to the actress Joan Littlewood; Charles, Duke of Wurttemberg; leading British Communists Robert Stewart and Jimmy Shields; SOE's professional astrologer Louis De Wohl; and the fascist sympathiser independent MP for Grantham and Cleethorpes William Dennis Kendall.

The personal files are listed under the following categories:

There are also a number of ' untitled ' personal files (KV 2/2817-2828), that is files relating to individuals or topics that do not fit squarely into the above categories, including files relating to the professional astrologer who worked for SOE and the Political Warfare Executive, Louis de Wohl, the British Free Corps and cases of Soviet Intelligence Agents given access to SOE facilities.

The subject files (KV 3/340-351) contain papers on Communist activity in Plymouth and Sheerness dockyards, the Austrian anti-Nazi movement, German activities with Irish prisoners of war, and the three-volume final report on the Rote Kapelle Soviet spy ring.

This release includes policy files (KV 4/409-428) dealing with a wide range of matters, including control of photography in ports during the Second World War, post-war detention policy and the organisation of Security Intelligence Far East (SIFE).

The organisation files (KV 5/71-79) include files on Russian Oil Products Limited and on the Labour Research Department. The single list file (KV 6/69) relates to the Czech refugee Frantisek Adorjan.

A few files have been weeded whilst others have been reconstituted from microfilm of the original document, and therefore are in photocopy form. In both cases this is indicated here.

Most personal files include a minute sheet attached to the inside cover, providing a useful index to the file.

Highlights of the release include:

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