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WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major
  • WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major

WWII British Royal Signals War Service Photo Album to MI6 Major

Price:

£450.00


Product Description

A really fine condition British WWII War Service Photo Album with the Royal Corps of Signals, that belonged to Major Guy Maurice Bratt MBE, CMG, of XXX Corps.

The black album is titled BOOK VII WAR SERVICE 1939 - 1946 and has over a 170 photos of Major Bratt’s military career, starting with his training in Britain with the Royal Corps of Signals, Officer Training Course, where he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and his progression during the War. There are some very interesting fine quality and unique, good size photos, showing the work his unit did, installing Radio and Telephone Communication systems from his arrival in Normandy (D-Day +3) till the end of the War. He was also responsible for listening in on and disrupting German Command communications, for which he was awarded the Member of the British Empire (Mil. MBE) Cross. With the surrender of Germany, he was in charge of restoring and updating the telephone network in Wesel, Hamburg and Bremen. Photos show German prisoners and civilians working with heavy ploughing machinery to run cables. Condition is very good. Very interesting piece of Royal Signals history.

We are also separately selling his 1937 Pattern Battledress, his 1940 Austerity Pattern Battledress uniform, as well as his Service Uniform.

Major Guy Maurice BRATT MBE, CMG. (1920-2006). Studied at London University, where he was likely approached by the Secret Intelligence Services. Convinced war was coming, he joined the Territorial Army in 1938 and attended Officer Training Corps (O.C.T.U.). He was assigned to the Royal Signals in 1940 and commissioned a Lieutenant. He joined XXX Corps in 1942 and promoted to Captain. Promoted again in 1943 to Major, which he retained for the rest of his military career. He landed in Normandy on D-Day +3 and was tasked with installing and maintaining British Army Telephone Communications from the beach head to Berlin. This entailed laying cables through Northern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was awarded the MBE (Mil.)(London Gazette 24.1.46) for his work intercepting and disrupting German Army Command radio and telephone signals during the Second World War. He also located the position of many enemy ammunition trains, prior to the crossing of the Rhine by XXX Corps. At the end of the War in Europe he supervised the telephone rewiring from Wesel to Hamburg and Bremen, building repeater stations and modernising telephone exchanges. In 1946 he was posted to 51 Air Formation Signals, until demobilised.

He joined MI6 Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1952. He was posted in Berlin from 1952 to 1954, then in Brussels until 1958, under the cover of 2nd secretary. From 1962 to 1966, he is the first secretary in charge of Visas in Vienna and probably the chief of the station. From 1970 to 1972 he was in Geneva, still as head of station. Then from 1974 to 1977 he was in Washington as an adviser. He was therefore the MI6 representative in the USA. He left the service in 1985 as Division Head. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George (CMG) (London Gazette 31.12.76).

Size: 28.5 X 23 X 2 cm (11 ¼ x 9 1/8 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 635 g

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