1 Reply Latest reply on May 14, 2020 2:44 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking Post-WWII Austria Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) records

    Jim Lowell Newbie

      Might you be able to point me towards the Counter Intelligence Corps(CIC) which my father joined after he recovered from his wounds suffered in a shelling of a farmhouse in Frasinetta, Italy in October of 1944.  In late 1944, he successfully applied and subsequently joined the Office of Strategic Services as an Intelligence Officer and after the war ended, transitioned to a Counter Intelligence Officer, (Officer #9302) working in Austria.  From a diary entry on May 14, 1945, he notes  "reported to Col. Thill- G 31 (B)  (CIC)"  which I assume is a branch of the CIC.  I have tried to locate any records of the CIC or Col. Thill to no avail.  Any chance you could offer some (more) suggestions as this puzzle comes together, please? Thanks so much.

        • Re: Seeking Post-WWII Austria Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) records
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Lowell,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Since we were unable to locate records of CIC units in Austria after WWII, we concentrated on the intelligence or military government units in Austria and Germany. We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 11 series in the Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 260) pertaining to the G-2 (Intelligence) Section of the U.S. Forces in Austria. In case he was stationed in Germany, we also located the series of Military Government  Detachment Reports from Hesse, 1947 - 1947 that includes a file unit titled Hesse Bensheim Det G-31; and the series Records Related to Local Governments, 1945 - 1949 that includes a file unit titled Lk Heppenheim Lk Bergstrasse G-31. Both of these series also are in Record Group 260. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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