** An outstandingly rare WW2 Restricted military intelligence report, every distributed copy with its own unique security number, this being 'Copy No. 2'.
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 2 German Aircraft Maintenance
CIOS Intelligence Report. XXV-45. Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS). July 1945.
** RESTRICTED Copy No. 2 of the CIOS report on the organisation of the German Air Force, general maintenance information, with a summary and recommendations.
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Aircraft and aircraft engines
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 21 pages.
Good in original stapled card wrappers. Printing very pale. Protected in a modern clear archival jacket.
"One of the main reasons why the German Air Force was so successful in the early years of the war [was because] a comprehensive and thorough plan of organization [separating operational and maintenance functions] was adopted." (Introduction)
This report sets out this organisational structure.