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"This Must Not Occur Again" from Intelligence Bulletin, September 1943

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The following brief report on German security in the field was printed in the September 1943 issue of the Intelligence Bulletin.

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The enemy's eagerness to capture U.S. documents is illustrated by this German divisional order, which should serve to remind Intelligence Bulletin readers of the paramount importance of security in the field:

Troops must pay greater attention to the collection of captured documents, and must submit them promptly to the proper authorities. Such documents include all official and personal mail found in the enemy's possession. It has been reported to the Division that filled mail bags belonging to the enemy have been left lying about and have not been brought in as booty. This must not occur again. Captured documents disclose important and reliable information concerning the enemy and provide clues to his formation, strength, and plans. These clues greatly facilitate our conduct of the war.


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