Firstly, what is military intelligence?
'Knowledge gives strength to the arm' is the Intelligence Corps' Motto and reflects the understanding that good intelligence is the key to military success.
The purpose of military intelligence is to provide commanders with intelligence and information that supports them in their decision making.
The process of military intelligence is explained using the 'Intelligence Cycle', where Direction and Tasking are given, the collectors discover information and pass it to the Analysts who turn it into intelligence before it is passed on to the users.
Room 1 contains the shop, an explanation of what Military Intelligence is and how it works, as well as a timeline illustrating world history, British military history and how military intelligence has changed since the arrival of technology.
The room also features the SOE and BRIXMIS displays as well as telling the story of the Security and Deception operations that protected the planned D-Day invasion of France in 1944 and the story of the fight against Hitler's 'Vengeance Weapons', the V1 'Doodlebug' and V2 rocket.
There is also an interactive challenge game for you to try your hand at breaking the various codes.
Room 2 is the Intelligence Corps room, and begins with the ad-hoc nature of military intelligence from the Crimea War in the mid 1850s and tells the Corps' story through the intervening years. The room is home to a number of major displays:
'In The Name of the Rose', which commemorates the Intelligence Corps' casualties on operations
The Honours and Awards display, which records the many awards made to members of the Intelligence Corps
World War 1 Interactive
Women in Intelligence
Room 3 fulfils several functions. It houses temporary displays and we also expose many of the intelligence capabilities, the tactics, techniques and equipment used to conduct military intelligence operations across the years. It is also home to the Y Service and USAF in Chicksands displays.
Rooms 4 and 5 are devoted to the Medmenham Collection, a private collection that charts the development of Imagery Analysis, from the earliest days of photography, through the balloon and kite-mounted pioneers to the intrepid flyers of the First World War and to modern times.