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DOBRSKI, Lt Col Count Julian A (fl 1939-1953) alias Lt Col Julian Antony Dolbey

Papers

References on this page: DOBRSKI: 1-44


DOBRSKI 1-3 The training and instruction of Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel and various SOE memoranda, 1941-1944


DOBRSKI 1/1

1941 Sep

Training manual for Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel, comprising typescript summaries of lectures on guerrilla warfare; activities during first 48 hours of arrival in the field; recruiting agents and informants; establishing cover and communications; education of civilians in passive resistance and simple sabotage; intelligence gathering; planning and methods of attack; means of German occupying forces in maintaining security, controlling civil populations and conducting searches, raids and interrogations; German counter espionage methods; organisation of the Nazi Party, German Police, German Army, SS and Luftwaffe; techniques for production of anti-German propaganda in occupied countries; codes and cyphers; secret inks; railway sabotage; fieldcraft; training exercises to be undertaken. With additional manuscript notes and glosses by Dobrski; published illustrations of Germany Army uniforms and rank insignia. 1 file, 262pp


DOBRSKI 1/2

1942 Jan

Training manual for Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel, comprising typescript summaries of lectures on guerrilla warfare; activities during first 48 hours of arrival in the field; recruiting agents and informants; establishing cover and communications; intelligence gathering; planning and methods of attack; observation and surveillance; means of police and German occupying forces in maintaining security, controlling civil populations and conducting searches, raids and interrogations; German counter espionage methods; techniques for production of anti-German propaganda in occupied countries; subversion of German occupying forces; codes and cyphers; secret inks. Extensive revisions from 1941 version. 1 file, 138pp


DOBRSKI 1/3

1942 Jan-1943 Jun

Training manual for Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel, comprising typescript summaries of lectures on establishing cover and alibis in occupied territoy; countering interrogations; planning and methods of attack; German counter espionage methods; conducting and countering surveillance; organising and recruiting agents; communications; organisation of the Nazi Party, German Police, German Army, SS and Luftwaffe; training exercises to be undertaken; fieldcraft; techniques for production of anti-German propaganda in occupied countries. Extensive revisions from 1941 version. 1 file, 130pp


DOBRSKI 1/4

1944 Jan-1944 Aug

Part of training manual for Special Operations Executive (SOE) personnel, comprising typescript summaries of lectures on establishing cover and alibis in occupied territory; countering interrogations; conducting and countering surveillance; precautions for wireless transmission; organising and recruiting agents; communications; German counter espionage methods; organisation of German and French Police, the Nazi Party in Germany and in neo-Nazi bodies in France; methods for recognition of German troops. Extensive revisions from 1941 version. 1 file, 73pp


DOBRSKI 2

[1941 Jun-1942 Apr]

Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorandum (section, source or author not given) entitled 'Infiltration of agents into Germany among workmen', outlining points of grievance to be used by SOE agents disguised as foreign workers in Germany in subverting German workers. With accompanying typescript notes on propaganda themes to subvert and discourage German workers, instructions for sabotaging factories, and methods for passive resistance and acts of sabotage in railways and motorised transport. 1 file, 10pp


DOBRSKI 3/1

1941 Jun 25

Typescript report by Special Operations Executive (SOE) officer (section, source or author not given) on his journey to Milford Haven, Dyfed, to investigate the suitability of the 'R' or Rhine Mine, a floating mine for use in inland waterways, for SOE operations; the possibility of placing an SOE agent as a deck hand in a trawler crew based at Milford Haven to counter correspondence passing between Eire and Continental Europe; recommendations for closer liaison with the Royal Navy and RAF for purposes of research and security against enemy agents. 2pp


DOBRSKI 3/2

1941 Jun

Typescript report by Special Operations Executive (SOE) officer (section, source or author not given) following a visit to the Grand Union Canal at Tring, Hertfordshire, on the viability of canals and inland waterways for SOE operations. 2pp


DOBRSKI 3/3

[1942]

Typescript and manuscript notes of Special Operations Executive (SOE), from 'I A' to 'D/H 113' on the uses and effects of Cyanide, Mercuric Chloride, Thallicium Acetate, Strychnine, Arsenic, Botulotoxin and Methyl Urethane for poisoning purposes; the use of paraffin, iodine and cordite to simulate respectively tuberculosis, synovitis and heart disease. 5pp


DOBRSKI 3/4

May 1943

Ministry of Economic Warfare booklet entitled 'Notes for interrogation officers', listing questions to be asked of enemy POWs in regard to supplies and consumption of weaponry, liquid and solid fuels, foodstuffs and clothing; integrity of shipping and inland transport systems; effects of aerial bomardment; special questions for Italian and Luftwaffe POWs, and German troops with experience of the Russian Front. 25pp


DOBRSKI 3/5

[1941-1944]

Undated Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorandum (section, source or author not given) entitled 'Silk in the continental war industry', outlining major areas of production of silk for parachutes and high explosive bagging in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. 4pp


DOBRSKI 3/6

[1941-1944]

Undated Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorandum (section, source or author not given) entitled 'New Zionists', outlining the possible security threat to British interests from the New Zionist movement, formerly led by Vladimir Jabotinsky, in their desire for a sovereign Jewish state in Palestine, and their possible collusion with the Gestapo in organising the illegal immigration of Jews to Palestine. 3pp


DOBRSKI 3/7

[1941-1942]

Undated Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorandum (section, source or author not given) entitled 'Security as she is done - MO4 version', comprising satirical account of a mythical agent employed by MO4 (SOE Cairo, Egypt) whose employment is marked by bungled bureaucracy. 1p


DOBRSKI 4-8 Special Operations Executive (SOE) activities in Italy, 1940-1943


DOBRSKI 4

1940 Aug 23-1943 May 17

Memoranda and directives relating to activities of Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Italy, comprising guidelines for subverting Italian citizens by infiltrating agents to Italy from Switzerland, 24 Aug 1940; 'Hints for RAF personnel landing in Italy', recommending methods of escape from Italy overland, by sea and by air, undated; memorandum from (George) Hugh (Nicholas) Seton-Watson, General Headquarters, Middle East (Special Forces), on necessity of gathering information from other British Government departments on potential Italian anti-fascists, both in Italy and elsewhere, for subversive purposes, 17 Feb 1942; memorandum from Seton-Watson, deprecating lack of information on Italy found by other departments, 13 Mar 1942; instructions entitled 'PALLINODE' (author, section and recipient not given) for SOE wireless operator to liaise with Italian resistance groups in Trieste and Venice, 6 Feb 1943; draft instructions (author, section and recipient not given) to SOE officer to work under AD 3 (Christopher Grey Tennant, 2nd Baron Glenconner) at Cairo, Egypt, recruiting SOE agents to infiltrate Italy, provide intelligence on Italy and establish lines of communication and propaganda into Italy, undated; memoranda from 'D/H 113' to 'J', regarding progress of recruitment of Italian POWs as SOE agents and difficulties with General Headquarters, Middle East, over the same, 1 Apr and 17 May 1943. 1 file


DOBRSKI 5

1940 Jul-1943 Jul 4

Special Operations Executive (SOE) papers on the production of anti-fascist propaganda for Italy, comprising guidelines on themes and content, and examples of leaflets, chain letters and radio broadcasts to Italian civilians and troops. With 'Guide for interviewing persons coming from Italy', instructions for the obtaining of information on Italian morale and Italian attitudes to the outcome of the war, to Germans, to Italian and British propaganda and to economic conditions in Italy. 1 file


DOBRSKI 6

1942 Aug 1-1943 May 12

Transcripts of British anti-fascist propaganda broadcasts to Italian citizens via Radio Jerusalem, mainly concentrating on themes of sacrifice of Italians on the North African and Eastern European fronts, and the exploitation of Italian people and resources by Germany. In Italian. 1 file, 26 items


DOBRSKI 7

1942 Aug-Dec

Typescript Special Operations Executive (SOE) memorandum entitled 'Appreciation of situation in Sicily as in Nov 1942 with a view to subversive operations in that country' (source, section or author not given), containing recommendations for deployment of subversive operatives in Apr 1943 prior to an Allied military invasion of Sicily, including sections on historical, social and political complexion of Sicily; possible role of the Mafia; sources for recruitment of Sicilian SOE agents; organisation and objectives of agents and SOE cells; maps of Sicily indicating likely rail, road, industrial and communications targets for SOE. 30pp. With another copy, slight variations, updated to end of Dec 1942; list of leading members of the Mafia in Sicily, Rome, Turin and Tunisia, 6 Aug 1942. 1 file


DOBRSKI 8

1943 Apr 3-1943 Oct 14

Letters to Dobrski from Stefano Terra, Italian anti-fascist author and member of the Italian anti-fascist group Guistizia e Libertà, relating to the activities of Guistizia e Libertà, and particularly its role in the establishment and output of Radio Matteotti, an anti-fascist station broadcasting from Cairo, Egypt, aimed at Italian troops, and the relations between Radio Matteotti and the Political Warfare Executive. With weekly bulletin, number 1, 4 Apr 1943, of Guistizia e Libertà. 1 file, 6 letters


DOBRSKI 9-37 Special Operations Executive (SOE) activities in Greece, the Aegean and the Balkans, and papers of Headquarters, Force 133 (SOE, Cairo, Egypt), 1941-1946


DOBRSKI 9

1941 Dec 31-1942 Apr 17

Manuscript diary of Capt R Guy Turrall, Special Operations Executive (SOE) Field Operative, during an unsuccessful mission to sabotage enemy shipping in harbours on Crete, including his sailing from Alexandria, Egypt, in HM Trident class Submarine TORBAY; landing with Capt Alexander W 'Xan' Fielding on south coast of central Crete; liaison with Capt the Hon Christopher Montague Woodhouse, commanding SOE on Crete, and Greek Col Papadakis; travelling through central Crete to meet Cretan Communist leader General Mandakas; the abandoning of Turrall's mission and his travels with guerrilla leader Georgis Petrakageorgis in the Idhi Oros mountain range to evade German forces; his return to the south coast of Crete for embarkation to Alexandria. 77pp


DOBRSKI 10

1942 Sep 7

Memorandum from Christopher Grey Tennant, 2nd Baron Glenconner (codename AD 3), Special Operations Executive (SOE) Cairo, Egypt, to SOE Directors and Section Heads, on reorganisation of SOE, defining revisions in aims and activities of SOE; division of functions between SOE Head Office, London, and the Missions; relationship between SOE, other British Government departments and local authorities; objectives of reorganisation of SOE, including increased consultation with the Foreign Office over SOE activities, increased role of SOE, London, to issue policy directives to Missions, devolvement of project initiation to Field Commanders and Country Section Heads, and the creation of Directorate of Auxiliary Services. With copy of 'Memorandum on the function and responsibilites of SOE and its relationship with the army', issued by Gen Hon Sir Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Commander-in-Chief Middle East. 19pp


DOBRSKI 11

1942

Translations of Allied propaganda broadcasts to Hungarian citizens (source or author not given) on the strength of British air raids on Bremen, Germany; reverses suffered by German forces on the Russian Front; economic hardships in Hungary caused by World War Two. 1 file, 4 items


DOBRSKI 12

1943 Jan 7-1943 Apr 8

Papers relating to Special Operations Executive (SOE) activities in the Dodecanese, comprising minutes of SOE meeting to discuss infiltration of SOE agents onto Rhodes and Scarpanto, 7 Jan 1943; memorandum concerning progress of planning for Operation BASILIC (SOE infiltration and armed uprising on Scarpanto) and Operation ERRATIC (SOE infiltration and armed uprising on Rhodes), 13 Jan 1943; memorandum from 'D/H 113' to 'D/H 119', regarding organisation of transport and recruitment of SOE guides for Operation ERRATIC, 8 Apr 1943. 1 file, 3 items


DOBRSKI 13

1943 Sep-1944 Jan

Part of report (pp 24-31 only), Jan 1944, by Dobrski on his mission with Maj George Patrick John Rushworth Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe, to Rhodes, 9-12 Sep 1943, to contact Italian Admiral Campione, Governor of Rhodes, and secure the support of the Italian garrison against German forces. With copy of citation for the award of the Military Cross to Dobrski for services rendered during the mission to Rhodes. 1 file, 2 items


DOBRSKI 14

1943 Nov 21-1944 Aug 18

Papers relating to Special Operations Executive (SOE) propaganda activities for the subversion of German troops in the Aegean, Greece and the Balkans by Force 133 (SOE, Cairo, Egypt), including memoranda by Dobrski on organising the circulation of rumours ('Sibs') aimed at Axis forces; Political Warfare Executive plans for Propaganda Operations KREIPE and KRIMSCHILD, May 1944, to lower the morale of the German 22 'Sebastopol' Div on Crete following the kidnapping of German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe, Commanding Officer of 22 Div, by the SOE, and the fall of Sebastopol to Soviet forces; progress report, 3 Jul 1944, from Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, on subversion of German troops in Greece, disposition of Allied Liaison Officers in Greece with propaganda duties, and liability of German 999 Fortress Regt in the Peloponnese to mutiny; memorandum from G (SO) Force 133 (Dobrski) to Barker-Benfield, 12 May 1944, on proposals for the subversion of units of Ellenikos Laikos Apeleftherotikos Stratos (ELAS), to allow the return of the Greek Government in exile; memorandum by Dobrski to Political Warfare Bureau, 18 Jul 1944, planning the subversion of Poles and other non-Germans serving with German forces in Greece. 1 file


DOBRSKI 15

1943 Dec 2-1944 Aug 9

Papers relating to the planning of Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Political Warfare Executive (PWE) propaganda activities in the Aegean, Greece and the Balkans, including printed paper 'Plan for PWE field operations in the Balkans', 2 Dec 1943, giving strategic and tactical role of PWE during Allied operations and Axis withdrawal, equipment required, selection and training of personnel, relationship between PWE, British military authorities and the Foreign Office, organisation in the field and at PWE Middle East Military Wing Liaison, Planning and Training Branch; report from Dobrski to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133 (SOE Cairo, Egypt) on progress of subversive sections in the field in Crete, the Aegean, Turkey and Rumania; papers, 5-17 Jul 1944, on reorganising the distribution of propaganda in Greece by Force 133, Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Political Warfare Bureau (PWB); papers, 25 Jul-9 Aug 1944, planning the distribution of propaganda in Bulgaria and Bulgarian occupied territories by Force 133, Force 399 (SOE in Yugoslavia), OSS and PWB. 1 file


DOBRSKI 16

1943 Dec

Special Operations Executive (SOE) appreciations of the situation in Greece and the Balkans (mainly drafts, source or author not usually given), comprising political, military and political overviews, SOE contacts made, and recommendation of future operations to be undertaken by Force 133 (SOE Cairo, Egypt), including 'Appreciation of possible SOE operations in Hungary', 4 Dec 1943; 'Appreciation of possible SOE operations in Bulgaria', 4 Dec 1943; 'Appreciations and possibilities of SOE work in the Balkans', 14 Dec 1943; 'Appreciation of SOE work in Roumania', by Maj E C Masterson, 16 Dec 1943. 1 file


DOBRSKI 17

1943 Nov 30-1944 Sep 2

Plans and reports relating to Special Operations Executive (SOE) operations in Crete and the Aegean, including memorandum by Maj Jack Smith-Hughes, SOE Liaison Officer on Crete, 30 Nov 1943, reviewing SOE activities on Crete in propaganda directed against German forces, assassination of Axis agents and informants, sabotage, intelligence work and aiding the escape of Allied personnel from Crete; 'Present operational situation and future policy', 24 Dec 1943, reviewing SOE activities on Mitylene, Chios, Samos, Leros, Symi, Rhodes and Scarpantos; 'Proposed operation on Rhodes', by 'D/H 490', undated, to subvert Italian troops and form them into units to undertake sabotage activities against German forces; 'Naval sabotage' by G 2 (Ops) Force 133 (Dobrski, SOE, Cairo, Egypt), 17 Jan 1944, proposing financial inducements to entice captains and crews of caiques operating in the Aegean to the Allied cause, and systematic interrogation of caique crews arriving in Allied waters; report from 'Bill' (Maj Bill Joyce, Office of Strategic Services, Allied Military Mission, Crete) to Dobrski, 30 Aug 1944, on progress of special operations on Crete; 'Appreciation of the possibilites of liquidating the enemy garrison in Crete by the use of internal forces', undated report and proposals by Maj Tom J Dunbabin, SOE Field Commander on Crete. 1 file


DOBRSKI 18

1944 Jan 19,1944 Feb 23

Telegram correspondence from the Foreign Office to Reginald Wildig Allen Leeper, British Ambassador to Greece, regarding Foreign Office concerns over Operation NOAH'S ARK (harrying of German forces withdrawing from Greece by Special Operations Executive, Allied Air Forces and partisan forces), relating to proposed reduction of guerrilla activity prior to commencement of NOAH'S ARK and unacceptability of a Greek Commander-in-Chief. 1 file, 2 items


DOBRSKI 19

1944 Jan-1944 Oct

Confidential reports on officers of Headquarters, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), employed as General Staff Officers grades 2 and 3, Staff Captains and Staff Lieutenants on Force 133 General Staff and Force 133 Eastern Mediterranean Group, giving brief details of employment, personality, technical and military qualities, and execution of duties. 1 file, 54 reports


DOBRSKI 20

1944

Pocket diary of Maj John Mulgan, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Greece), containing brief daily entries on his activities liaising with Greek partisans, 19 Jan-8 Nov 1944. 1 item


DOBRSKI 21/1

1944 May 14

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing copy report by Maj Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, SOE Crete, on the operation which he commanded to kidnap German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe, Commanding Officer of German 22 'Sebastopol' Div on Crete, Apr 1944. 6pp


DOBRSKI 21/2

1944 Mar 14,1944 Apr 16

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memorandum from G (SO) Force 133 (Dobrski) to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, 14 Mar 1944, entitled 'Force 133 special operations', reviewing recent reorganisation of Force 133 and progress of its activities in propaganda, liaison with the Political Warfare Executive, subversion of German troops, naval sabotage and sabotage on the River Danube, results achieved, and objectives in the Aegean, Crete, Greece, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria and Turkey. 23pp With memorandum from G (SO), Force 133, to Barker-Benfield, entitled 'Subversion plan for Greece', 6 Apr 1944, containing proposals for fomenting rebellion among German units in the Peloponnese. 2pp


DOBRSKI 21/3

1944 Aug 13-1944 Sep 44

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing instructions, proposals and memoranda of Headquarters Force 133 relating to contingencies for a German withdrawal from or surrender in Greece, including 'Notes for the issue of directives to British Liaison Officers in Greece in the event of a German collapse', undated; 'Plan for the prevention of sabotage in Greece by the Germans', 26 Aug 1944; plan for the maintenance of law and order in Greece, provision of support for the government of George Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister in exile, and facilitating the liberation of Greece by Allied forces, 8 Sep 1944. 1 file


DOBRSKI 21/4

1944 Mar 25-1944 Apr 1

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing correspondence and related papers of Headquarters Force 133 regarding the possible role of Force 133 for operations in Bulgaria, Hungary and Rumania, including lists of operatives and mission aims; correspondence from SOE, London, requiring Force 133 to create appropriate plans; memorandum from Lt Col E C Masterson, Force 133, to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, relating to progress of SOE activities in Rumania, 27 Mar 1944. 1 file, 12 items


DOBRSKI 21/5

1944 Jan 29

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memorandum entitled 'Minutes of a meeting with Maj Kennedy, 20 Jan 1944' (author not given), relating to proposals that Maj Kennedy should provide advice to Force 133 on the use of drugs for poisoning, as narcotics, and to induce sickness. 2pp


DOBRSKI 21/6

1944 Mar 22, 1944 Apr 14

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing papers relating to Operation KRIS, being SOE mission to infiltrate their agent 'Kris' into Hungary, for her to establish wireless communication with Force 133 and arrange reception of British or Hungarian Liaison Officers, comprising undated memorandum 'Qualifications of proposed operational candidate for Hungary', giving training programme, qualifications and experience of 'Christine'; memorandum 'Operation KRIS', outlining means and objectives of mission, 22 Mar 1944; memorandum from Lt Col of General Staff, Force 133, to London, regarding reasons for the delay in deployment of 'Kris', 14 Apr 1944. 1 file


DOBRSKI 21/7

1944 Mar 23

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memorandum from G (SO) [Dobrski], Force 133 to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, entitled 'Post war SOE organisations', with proposals for a new SOE organisation to be created following cessation of hostilities, for subversive operations in Palestine against Arab or Jewish activities threatening British interests. 2pp


DOBRSKI 21/8

1944 Jun 24

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing Force 133 General Staff instruction number 21, by Maj D A Affleck Graves, regarding reorganisation of G (SO) branch of Force 133, to be renamed G (SOE), and definition of its duties as the co-ordinating, advisory and liaison branch of Headquarters, Force 133. 2pp


DOBRSKI 21/9

1944 Mar 23

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memorandum from G (SO) [Dobrski], Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt) to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, entitled 'Penetration of Transylvania', containing proposals for infiltration of SOE agent and partisan teams into Transylvania. 2pp


DOBRSKI 21/10

1944 Mar 23

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memorandum from G (SO) [Dobrski], Force 133 to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, requesting SOE liaison officer to be based in Italy to inform on possible operations in Rumania, Bulgaria and Hungary; for six air sorties per month to be allocated Force 133 for SOE duties; for the creation of G (SOE) Branch in Headquarters, Force 133. 1p


DOBRSKI 21/11

1944 Feb 13-1944 Mar 29

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing memoranda from G (SO) [Dobrski], Force 133 to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, and telegram communications from SOE London to Headquarters Force 133, regarding definitions of responsibilities for SOE/partisan missions CLOWDER and FLOTSAM in Yugoslavia, and possibilities for the same to provide courier and wireless communication into Germany and Austria. 1 file, 5 items


DOBRSKI 21/12

1944 Mar 17-23

Subsection of file GSD (85) entitled 'Special operations', of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), containing draft memoranda and related papers regarding proposals and policy of Operation WONDERLAND, for establishing wireless communication between Headquarters Force 133 and a small number of Cetnick leaders opposed to Gen Draza Mihailovic in Yugoslavia. 1 file,


DOBRSKI 22

1944 May 16-1944 Aug 10

Correspondence and related papers between Dobrski, Headquarters, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt) and 'D/Q 10', relating to SOE Propaganda Operation KREIPE, intended to lower the morale of Axis forces by circulating the rumoured desertion to the Allies of German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe, Commanding Officer of German 22 'Sebastopol' Div on Crete, kidnapped by the SOE. With copy report by Maj Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, SOE Crete, on the operation which he commanded to kidnap Kreipe. 1 file


DOBRSKI 23

1944 May 23-1944 Oct 2

Papers relating to purported approaches towards the Allies made by German authorities in Greece for the surrender or withdrawal of German forces in the Peloponnese, including memorandum by Dobrski, Headquarters, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), entitled 'German approaches in the Peloponnese', 23 May 1944; correspondence between Dobrski, SOE London, and Special Operations Mediterranean (SOM) regarding liaison between SOE and German Gen Hubert Lanz, Commanding Officer German 22 Mountain Corps, for arrangement of terms for a German surrender or withdrawal. 1 file


DOBRSKI 24

1944 Jul 17

Memorandum from Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt) to his Section Heads, enclosing summary of revised charter of SOE organisation and activities. 3pp,


DOBRSKI 25

1944 Aug 13-1945 Apr 27

File entitled 'Congratulatory messages - GCA/165', comprising messages of congratulations and thanks received by Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt) for services rendered from Gen Sir Bernard Charles Tolver Paget, Commander-in-Chief Middle East; Lt Col T G Devitt, Commanding Officer Raiding Support Regt (RSR); R F Hodinott, Chief Intelligence Officer, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. With short history of the RSR compiled by Devitt, Oct 1944; memorandum by Devitt on evacuation of RSR detachments from Greece, 26 Nov 1944; copy declaration of the Communal Council of Rethymnon, Crete, of granting of honourable membership of the Commune to several SOE officers including Lt Col Tom J Dunbabin, Maj Alexander W 'Xan' Fielding; Maj Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor and Maj Jack Smith-Hughes. 1 file


DOBRSKI 26

1944 Sep 19

Instrument of unconditional surrender of a battalion of Italian Auxiliary troops and Italian Naval troops under the command of Italian Capt Renso Apollonio on Kefallinia, Greece, to Lts 'S Bug' and 'K Moth' of the Allied Military Mission. 1p


DOBRSKI 27

1943 Aug 21-1944 Jun 29

File entitled 'Confidential letters about personnel - B6/662 (part 1)', of Lt Col Vincent Alexander Prideaux Budge, General Staff Officer 1 of B6 (Greek) Section and later, Eastern Mediterranean Group, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), mainly comprising correspondence in regard to leave, promotion, transfers, new postings, and personal welfare matters of staff of the Group, confidential reports on officers, applications for Middle East Staff College, and correspondence with Col the Hon Christopher Montague Woodhouse, commanding Allied Military Mission in Greece, regarding transfers of SOE personnel from Greece. 1 file CLOSED


DOBRSKI 28

1944 Jun 27-1944 Oct 12

File entitled 'Confidential letters, officer only - GCA/662 (part 2)', of Lt Col D A Affleck Graves, General Staff Officer 1 of Eastern Mediterranean Group, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), mainly comprising correspondence in regard to requests for leave, promotion, transfers, new postings, personal welfare matters of staff of the Group, applications for training courses, confidential reports on officers and including list and details of SOE personnel evacuated from the Peloponnese, 27 Jun 1944; details of War Establishment of Headquarters Force 133, Jul 1944. 1 file CLOSED


DOBRSKI 29

1944 Oct 13-1945 Jan 9

File entitled 'Confidential letters, personnel officer only - GCA/662 (part 3)', of, Dobrski as General Staff Officer 1 of Eastern Mediterranean Group, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), mainly comprising correspondence in regard to requests for leave, promotion, transfers, new postings, personal welfare matters of staff of the Group, recommendations for awards, confidential reports on officers, and correspondence between Dobrski and Lt Col D A Affleck Graves and later Maj John E Street, commanding SF Unit (Force 133 staff in Athens, Greece), relating to the winding up of the SF Unit and SOE activities in Greece. 1 file CLOSED


DOBRSKI 30

1945 Jan 10-1945 Apr 21

File entitled 'Confidential letters, personnel officer only - G/662 (part 4)', of, Dobrski as General Staff Officer 1 of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), mainly comprising correspondence in regard to the winding up of the SOE organisation in Greece, promotion, transfers, new postings, personal welfare matters of Force 133 personnel and confidential reports on officers due to leave Force 133. 1 file CLOSED


DOBRSKI 31

1943 Sep 4-1945 Nov 20

File entitled 'Personal and confidential G/662C – Personal file of Lt Col Dolbey', mainly comprising correspondence relating to the post war winding up of Force 133 in Athen, Greece, and Cairo, Egypt, and post war reorganization of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), including letter, 28 Oct 1943, inviting Dobrski to command operations of the Inter Services Liaison Department in Italy; memorandum, 23 Mar 1944, from G (SO) [Dobrski], Force 133 to Brig Karl Vere Barker-Benfield, Commanding Officer Force 133, entitled 'Post war SOE organisations', on possibilities for subversive operations in Palestine against Arab or Jewish activities threatening British interests; resumé, [Mar 1944] of Dobrski's activities and duties, Sep 1939-Feb 1944; letter, 4 Oct 1945, from Maj Gen Colin McVean Gubbins on his forthcoming retirement; letter, 20 Oct 1945, from 'RWR', SOE, London, on efforts to publicise wartime operations of SOE to counteract publicity operations of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). 1 file


DOBRSKI 32

1945 Nov 1-1945 Dec 7

File entitled 'Personal and confidential G/662C – Personal file of Lt Col Dolbey', mainly comprising correspondence relating to Dobrski's business affairs, and including farewell letters to officers of Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt); report summarizing services rendered by Krystina Gizycka, alias Christine Granville (also known as 'Pauline'), SOE agent in Hungary and France. 1 file


DOBRSKI 33

1945 Dec 29-1946 Jan 9

File entitled 'Personal and confidential G/662C – Personal file of Lt Col Dolbey', mainly comprising correspondence relating to Dobrski's business affairs. 1 file


DOBRSKI 34

1945 Jan 24-1945 Apr 14,1964 Apr 3-1967 Mar 1

Correspondence, 1945, between Dobrski, as General Staff Officer 1 of Eastern Mediterranean Group, Force 133 (Special Operations Executive, Cairo, Egypt), and Lt Col John Mulgan, Advance Force 133 (Liquidation) in Greece, regarding the winding up of the SOE organisation in Greece and related activities (assessment of pensions for relatives of Greek SOE personnel and settlement of other compensation claims, awards of service certificates and decorations for Greek SOE personnel and future employment of British SOE staff in Greece). With correspondence, 1964-1967, between Dobrski and Paul Woodford Day, relating to Mulgan's personality and activities in Greece during World War Two, for Day's biography John Mulgan (Twayne, New York, 1968). 1 file, 34 letters


DOBRSKI 35

1945 Jun 27

Typescript entitled 'Report on Special Operations Executive (SOE) activities in Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea' by Dobrski for the Joint Operational Staff, Middle East, comprising terms of reference of SOE; results achieved; SOE participation in strategic and joint operations; special operations (counter-demolition missions and subversion of enemy troops); equipment, transportation and support utilised; administrative and political difficulties encountered; summaries of military missions, locations, casualties and damage inflicted, including reports on the SOE missions to demolish the Gorgopotamos Viaduct (25-26 Nov 1942) and Asopos Viaduct (20-21 Jun 1943), near Thermopylae, Greece; reports on SOE activities in Crete and the kidnapping of German Maj Gen Heinrich Kreipe, Commanding Officer of German 22 'Sebastopol' Div by SOE on Crete (Apr 1944); intelligence gathering and post liberation duties. 253pp


DOBRSKI 36

1945 Sep 26

Memorandum by Dobrski to Special Operations Executive (SOE) London, entitled 'Recruitment and selection of SOE personnel', giving guidelines for the qualifications and qualities required by Headquarters staff and field personnel; the application of psychoanalytic tests to the selection procedure; the conduct of the selection interview to ascertain the intelligence, special aptitudes and knowledge of the candidate. Two copies. 25pp


DOBRSKI 37

1945

Typescript entitled 'Final report on Special Operations Executive (SOE) missions in Crete, 1941-1945' by Lt Col Tom J Dunbabin, SOE Field Commander in Crete, 1944-1945, comprising detailed narrative of SOE and Cretan guerrilla operations, and containing appendices of chronological table of principal events; list of atrocities committed by German forces on Crete, 1941-1945, with officers and units responsible; details of British SOE personnel in Crete, 1942-1945. With 'General survey of Crete, 1940-1945' by Maj Jack Smith-Hughes, SOE Liaison Officer, describing principal Cretan resistance personalities. 120pp


DOBRSKI 38-44 Various papers of Dobrski, 1939-1953


DOBRSKI 38

1939 Jan 28-1939 Feb 5

Two letters to Anne René Pleven, including letter from Robert Lange, of 'L' Énergie Française', approving of her condemnation of anti-Italian criticism in the French press. With 'L' ith undated typescript memorandum in French [by Dobrski] on the means recommended for producing propaganda conducive to maintaining and inducing friendly relations between France and Italy. 1 file, 3 items


DOBRSKI 39

1940 Oct 28-1941 Jan 17

Typescript letter [from Dobrski] to 'Hi-Hou' [Anne René Pleven?], on life in London during the 'blitz' or German bombing, 28 Oct 1940; two letters from Anne René Pleven to Dobrski, 12 and 17 Jan 1941, on the German occupation of France, her desire to contribute to the liberation of France, and her life in New York. With two British propaganda leaflets for use in France, 'La vérité sur Dakar' on the failure of the Anglo-Free French assault on Dakar, Senegal, Sep 1940, and 'M Churchill parle aux Francais', text of radio broadcast by Rt Hon Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill MP, Prime Minister, assuring the French of the defeat of Germany, Oct 1940; typescript copy of 'Dans les camps de prisonniers in Allemagne - un aumonier rapatrié de l'Oflag V A nous fait le rècit de la vie dans ce camp', article in Le Figaro, 19 Dec 1940. 1 file


DOBRSKI 40

1943 Jul 19

British passport of Dobrski, issued in his alias of Dolbey, at the British Consulate-General, Cairo, Egypt. 1 item


DOBRSKI 41

1949 Oct 30

Typescript report by an unnamed friend [Dobrski?] of René Pleven, newly appointed French Minister of Defence, to be used to brief FM Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, prior to his meeting Pleven, and containing details of Pleven's views on the French political situation, policy towards French Indo-China, and the High Command of the French Army, including Gen Georges Revers, Général d'armée; Gen Pierre Gaston Billotte, Head of the French Military Delegation to the UN; Gen Antoine Marie Émile Béthouart, French High Commissioner in Austria; Gen Marie Pierre Koenig, Inspector of North African Forces. 10pp


DOBRSKI 42

1949 Apr 22-1950 Mar 23

Correspondence and papers relating to the reorganisation of Lyons Silk Ltd, French Silhouettes and Arnold Securities, being associated companies of the textiles group, Maison J Bourdelin, of Lyons, France. 1 file


DOBRSKI 43

1949 Oct 24-1950 Dec 27

General correspondence of Dobrski with relatives and friends, mainly comprising correspondence with Col Bickham Sweet-Escott, on mutual business in London, and including correspondence with Madame Anne René Pleven, on mutual news, Maj Gen Sir Colin McVean Gubbins, on Gubbins' forthcoming marriage, and Lt Col Tom J Dunbabin on proposals for the erection of a memorial at Arkadi, Crete, to British and Greek personnel of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), killed during World War Two. 1 file


DOBRSKI 44

1953

Cutting (newspaper title not given) entitled 'Nazi trap for British agents', comprising review by H D Ziman of London calling North Pole by H J Giskes (William Kimber, London, 1953) on 'North Pole', the penetration of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in the Netherlands by the Abwehr, 1942-1944. 1p

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