** An outstandingly rare WW2 Restricted military intelligence report, every distributed copy with its own unique security number, this being 'Copy No. 165'.
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 165 Manufacture of German High Explosive Shell Steel for Artillery
CIOS Intelligence Report. XXIX-27. Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS). July 1945.
** RESTRICTED Copy No. 165 of the CIOS report on the German WW2 practice of manufacturing high explosive shell steel for artillery.
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Metallurgy
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 7 pages.
Very good in original stapled card wrappers. Protected in a modern clear archival jacket.
With a good provenance, being from the former Armament Research Department at Fort Halstead with their stamp.
Several important deviations in the steel plant from American and British practice were noted.