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CHLD The Papers of Christopher Child
CHOH Churchill Oral History
CHPC Churchill Press Cuttings
CHPH Churchill Press Photographs
CHPN The Papers of Guy Chapman
CHRS The Papers of Group Captain Malcolm Christie
CHTY Commemorative issues of magazines and newspapers 1897, 1953, 1965 and various
CHWL Chartwell Manuscripts
CKFT The Papers of Sir John Cockcroft
CKFT AS Cockcroft Associated Material
CLBK The Papers of Major General Richard Clutterbuck
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The Papers of Group Captain Malcolm Christie

Title The Papers of Group Captain Malcolm Christie
Reference GBR/0014/CHRS
Creator Christie, Malcolm Grahame, 1881-1971, Intelligence Officer
Covering Dates 1928–1946
Extent and Medium 13 boxes
Repository Churchill Archives Centre
Content and context

Christie was born 27 January 1881 in Edgbaston, Warwickshire. He gained a first class Chemistry degree at Aachen University, Germany. He joined the Royal Flying Corps, 1914-18, and continued when it became the Royal Air Force, 1919-30. He was the Air Attaché in Washington, 1922-1926, and the Air Attaché in Berlin, 1927-1930. He retired from active employment due to ill health in 1930. From 1934 he investigated the political situation in Germany and Central Europe on behalf of Sir Robert Vansittart. He had valuable contacts, from his work, in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. He would spend a number of months of the year in Germany and at times also acted as an intermediary between local parties. As the situation in Europe became more precarious Christie gathered more of his information from anti-Nazi informants with German government contacts of their own. The most significant of his informants was Hans Ritter (aliases included Johnnie, Knight, and Kn). Christie died on 3 November1971 after throwing himself from a window.

The core of the collection consists of the series of reports by Christie and his manuscript notes, mainly in German, the reports of his informants and his letters to Vansittart. The papers of more general interest are Christie's notes of interviews with various notable Nazis, particularly Goering, information about the German resistance and German peace workers in 1939-1940. There are also large quantities of related press cuttings. The obvious gaps are in the records of Christie's relations with Henlein and in the earlier German material presumably due to his destruction of many papers.

According to T. P. Conwell Evans, Christie started to destroy his papers on the outbreak of war in 1939. What remained of the Christie papers were bequeathed to Mrs Enid Scott (Christie's housekeeper) and deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1972.

T. P. Conwell Evans compiled a book "None so Blind", privately printed in 1947 (by Harrison & Sons Ltd.), out of Christie's papers, and for that purpose sorted them into rough date and subject groups. The existing catalogue follows that arrangement.

The collection is owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.

Access and Use

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Please cite as Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Group Captain Malcolm Christie, CHRS

Further information

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London and on the Janus website, http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/.

This file level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2005. Biographical information was taken from "Who Was Who" (A&C Black) and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Index Terms
Air Defence
Czech Republic
Second World War (1939-1945)
Christie, Malcolm Grahame (1881-1971) Intelligence Officer
Churchill/CHRS contains:
1 Papers.
43 files.
2 Press Cuttings.
6 files.

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