Interception of telephone conversations during the Second World War

August 2008

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Interception of telephone conversations during the Second World War

This file contains extracts of 'indiscreet conversations' by members of large firms and public utility companies during the Second World War. Examples include transcripts of conversations between employees of Rolls Royce or Vickers-Armstrong regarding delays in shipments, testing dates and opinions on the products manufactured. The file also charts the preparations for telephone tapping in Whitehall, in particular the Cabinet War rooms. Topics overheard include experiments and shipping, Combined Chiefs of Staff meeting dates, as well as emotional personal telephone calls during air raids.

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