** An outstandingly rare WW2 Restricted military intelligence report, every distributed copy with its own unique security number, this being 'Copy No. 222'.
Very few examples of this classified and security-numbered report have survived. Because of the report's extreme rarity, few collectors know these documents exist; only a tiny handful actually owns one.
An 'ordinary' version of this restricted CIOS intelligence report was subsequently authorised for issue. The later version was given the same title but had the HMSO name as publisher on the front cover and lacked the security classification and unique identifying security numbering.
WW2 RESTRICTED report Copy No 222 Interrogation of Dr. Hans Friedrich Gold
CIOS Intelligence Report. XXXII-109. Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS). July 1945.
** A CIOS report on Dr. Gold, an otherwise unknown Vienna-born scientist of uncertain worth to the military research community.
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Radar; Rockets & rocket fuels; Jet propulsion
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 25 pages, 2 sketches
Very good in original stapled card wrappers. Protected in a modern clear archival jacket.
Dr. Gold is, after 70 years, a very mysterious figure. I can find no information on him anywhere beyond that recorded in this report.
All that can be stated with certainty is that the U.S. military authorities in 1945 considered his wotk to be of sufficient potential or importance for him to be the subject of this comparatively large interrogatory report.
In brief, Dr. Gold worked with jet and rocket fuel mixtures and research on radioactivity. He claimed to have found a substance which mixed with air in a special proportion and used in a missile to instantly stop the engines of tanks or aircraft.
After the War, Gold wrote to the US Forces in Vienna and British Intelligence in, frankly, absurdly philosophical terms, offering his services and outlining his potential use and his thoughts for aerospace research. His letter is given here in full.
So who and what was Dr. Gold? A designer of death rays? An opportunist? A Wehrmacht Walter Mitty? The report itself reaches no conclusion as to Gold's real or likely value. And what happened to him?