Response sent: January 2011

Request:

It has been reported that a number of false documents were somehow introduced into your files. Which documents were found to have been falsified? Is there a list of such documents?

Outcome:

Successful

Response:

The series RW 4 contains records discovered to be forgeries in the custody of The National Archives. The entry for the RW 4 series in our catalogue at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue provides a history of how these documents were discovered and which files they were extracted from. The 29 documents that were found to be forged can be ordered for viewing through our catalogue under piece reference RW 4/1- RW 4/29. Their titles are as follows:

RW 4/1 - Forged document found in file, CAB 127/206: letter from Rex Leeper to Hugh Gaitskell, 9 August 1940

RW 4/2 - Forged document found in file, CAB 127/206: letter from Anthony Eden to Hugh Dalton, 28 February 1941

RW 4/3 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/26145: letter from Sir Alexander Cadogan to Viscount Halifax, 10 February 1941

RW 4/4 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/26542: letter from Mr Kelly in Berne, Switzerland to Foreign Office, 18 January 1941

RW 4/5 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/26542: reply from the Foreign Office, 22 January 1941

RW 4/6 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/26991: memorandum from G A H to Papal Nuncio, 17 November 1940

RW 4/7 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/26991: telegram from Captain Hillgarth in Madrid to Foreign Office, 17 December 1940

RW 4/8 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/28741: letter from D Hopkinson, The Hague, to J D Taylor at the Foreign Office, 3 December 1939

RW 4/9 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/28741: telegram from Major J Smith, The Hague, to Colonel Vivian, 21 February 1940

RW 4/10 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/28741: telegram from Major J Smith, The Hague, to Colonel Finch, 3 April 1940

RW 4/11 - Forged document found in file, FO 371/60508: telegram from Mr Hopkinson, Berne, to Mr Kirkpatrick at the Foreign Office, 12 March 1946

RW 4/12 - Forged document found in file, FO 794/19: letter from Sir Samuel Hoare (later Viscount Templewood), British Embassy in Madrid, to Sir Alexander Cadogan, 26 March 1941

RW 4/13 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: letter from Victor Mallet, British Legation Stockholm, to Sir Robert Bruce-Lockhart at the Political Intelligence Department in London, 3 March 1943

RW 4/14 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: letter from Victor Mallet, British Legation Stockholm, to Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart at the Political Intelligence Department in London, 8 June 1943

RW 4/15 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: letter from Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart at the Foreign Office to I Ingrams at the Political Intelligence Department in London, 12 June 1943

RW 4/16 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: memorandum from Ingrams, Political Intelligence Department in London, to Robert Bruce Lockhart at the Political Intelligence Department, 10 August 1943

RW 4/17 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: memorandum from Victor Mallet, British Legation Stockholm, on meeting the emissary of Himmler, 27 October 1943

RW 4/18 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: letter from Victor Mallet, British Legation Stockholm, to Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart at the Political Intelligence Department in London, 24 January 1944

RW 4/19 - Forged documents found in file, FO 800/868: letter from Sir John W Wheeler-Bennett at the Foreign Office to Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart at the Political Intelligence Department in London, 10 May 1945

RW 4/20 - Forged document found in file, FO 800/868: telegram from Mr Thomas, Bremen to Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart, 24 May 1945

RW 4/21 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: note from Vansittart to Rex Leeper, 2 March 1941

RW 4/22 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: letter from W Strang to Sir Alexander Cadogan, 28 April 1941

RW 4/23 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: memorandum from Mr Voigt to Mr Leeper, 12 May 1941

RW 4/24 - Forged document found in file, FO 898/14: note to Mr Leeper, 8 June 1941, signed G Hill

RW 4/25 - Forged document found in file, HS 8/944: letter from Brendan Bracken, Ministry of Information, to the Earl of Selborne, Ministry of Economic Warfare, 5 November 1943

RW 4/26 - Forged document found in file, HS 8/944: letter from Brendan Bracken, Ministry of Information, to the Earl of Selborne, Ministry of Economic Warfare, 27 January 1944

RW 4/27 - Forged document found in file, HS 8/944: letter from Brendan Bracken, Ministry of Information, to the Earl of Selborne, Ministry of Economic Warfare, 27 May 1945

RW 4/28 - Forged document found in file, WO 208/609: deciphered telegram from Colonel James, Field Security Police (FSP), to Major-General Howard-Vyse, 17 December 1939

RW 4/29 - Forged documents found in file, WO 208/2036A: message from Major-General Howard-Vyse to Director of Military Operations, War Office, 28 December 1939