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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    Mi5

    Where does the abbreviation "MI5" come from?

  2. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: Mi5

    The "MI" stands for "Military Intelligence" -- "Intelligence" here means "spying".

    Nobody knows exactly how many MI departments there are. Some of them are secret, some were only ever temporary, some may not be real at all. Schott's Original Miscellany very tentatively lists the following departments:

    MI 1: Director of Military Intelligence; also cryptography
    MI 2: Responsible for Russia and Scandinavia
    MI 3: Responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe
    MI 4: Aerial reconnaisance during World War II
    MI 5: Domestic intelligence and security
    MI 6: Foreign intelligence and security
    MI 8: Interception and interpretation of communications
    MI 9: Clandestine operations -- escape and evasion
    MI 10: Weapons and technical analysis
    MI 11: Field security police
    MI 14: German specialists
    MI 17: Secretariat body for MI departments
    MI 19: Prisoner of War debriefing unit

  3. Lenka's Avatar

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    Re: Mi5

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    The "MI" stands for "Military Intelligence" -- "Intelligence" here means "spying".

    Nobody knows exactly how many MI departments there are. Some of them are secret, some were only ever temporary, some may not be real at all. Schott's Original Miscellany very tentatively lists the following departments:

    MI 1: Director of Military Intelligence; also cryptography
    MI 2: Responsible for Russia and Scandinavia
    MI 3: Responsible for Germany and Eastern Europe
    MI 4: Aerial reconnaisance during World War II
    MI 5: Domestic intelligence and security
    MI 6: Foreign intelligence and security
    MI 8: Interception and interpretation of communications
    MI 9: Clandestine operations -- escape and evasion
    MI 10: Weapons and technical analysis
    MI 11: Field security police
    MI 14: German specialists
    MI 17: Secretariat body for MI departments
    MI 19: Prisoner of War debriefing unit
    Thank you very much, rewboss. I just wonder whether you remember this all or whether you've simply copied it from somewhere. I suppose the second case is the right one .

  4. rewboss's Avatar

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    Re: Mi5

    As I said, I got the list from Schott's Original Miscellany.


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    Re: Mi5

    MI5 | Frequently Asked Questions: History for their own explanation.

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