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Morale and Home Intelligence Reports, 1941-1949

Title details

SN: 7465
Title: Morale and Home Intelligence Reports, 1941-1949
Alternative title: Morale and Home Intelligence Reports
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7465-1
Depositor: The National Archives
Principal investigator(s): Home Office


The citation for this study is:

Home Office. (2014). Morale and Home Intelligence Reports, 1941-1949. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 7465,

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Subject Categories

Military, naval and maritime history - History
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social history - History


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This study is available via the UK Data Service QualiBank, an online tool for browsing, searching and citing the content of selected qualitative data collections held at the UK Data Service.

This is a qualitative data collection. It is comprised mainly of two different types of reports: quarterly morale reports for military personnel abroad and weekly home intelligence reports about UK civilians (only English civilian reports are held at the UK Data Archive).

The Morale Committee for the Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) sent out a directive in 1940 to (AFHQ) requesting quarterly morale reports. The goals of the reports were to study morale of soldiers in its broadest aspect and to coordinate and prepare quarterly morale reports for the War Office. The reports covered a variety of topics, including factors affecting morale, such as discipline of military personnel, confidence in leaders and equipment, mail censorship, living conditions, recreation, education, relationships, and personal finance. The reports are mainly written from a narrative voice, typically of a commanding officer, of the overall feeling of the military base. Sometimes these reports include quotations and extracts from mail correspondence.

The home intelligence reports aimed to present an impartial assessment of public feelings about the war efforts. Information was collated through a variety of sources: regional intelligence officers compiled weekly reports based on interviews with UK residents, postal censorship prepared weekly reports based on correspondence, and police officers were asked to produce reports based on their observations.
Main Topics:
War, military service, morale, social attitudes, hierarchical relationships within the military, mail censorship, soldier's leisure and entertainment, relations with Allies, personal finance of soldiers, British public opinion, public confidence in the government and war efforts, public reaction to news

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1941 - 1949
Country: Multi-nation
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Groups
Home intelligence reports focussing on English civilians and Morale reports focussing on military personnel abroad
Kind of data: Textual data
Aggregate (macro) level
Universe: Cross-national; National
Home intelligence reports focussing on English civilians and Morale reports focussing on military personnel abroad during 1941-1949
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
This study is a subset of materials held at The National Archives which were collected as part of a longitudinal study.
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: 139 reports
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Observation; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 April 2014
Copyright: Crown copyright held jointly with the National Archives and the UK Data Service. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Please note: Please note: This study is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence. Available via the UK Data Service QualiBank, the Services' online tool for browsing, searching and citing the content of selected qualitative data.
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