WW1 MI5 files now online

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11 April 2014
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MI5-300x201-75327.jpg Once top secret MI5 WW1 files can now be downloaded from The National Archives' website.
More than 150 top secret MI5 files from the First World War are now revealed on The National Archives' website as part of the

More than 150 top secret MI5 files from the First World War are now revealed on The National Archives' website as part of the archives' First World War 100 programme. With papers relating to organisations and individuals, you can find famous names among the files, from Edith Cavell, Mata Hari, Arthur Ransome and even the Boy Scout Association. And the files are extensive - the Mata Hari download being 87 full colour pages of correspondence and notes. At just £3.30 per digital download these files make intriguing reading to the espionage of the era, even if, like the vast majority of us, you don't have a direct family history connection to those mentioned.

1. Go to http://goo.gl/ho36jS
1. Go to http://goo.gl/ho36jS 

2. Click browse by reference to home in on individual case details.
2. Click browse by reference to home in on individual case details. 

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3. Use the scroll bar on the right-hand side to browse through the individual case detail
3. Use the scroll bar on the right-hand side to browse through the individual case detail

4. You can download a file of interest for £3.30 per digital download.
4. You can download a file of interest for £3.30 per digital download. 

5. Grab a cuppa and revel in the records of WW1 espionage.
5. Grab a cuppa and revel in the records of WW1 espionage.