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Edward Travis becomes Director of GC&CS

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Commander Edward Travis became Director of GC&CS in 1944. Prior to 1944, the Director of GC&CS had technically been the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) to which GC&CS was subordinate, and so both Denniston and Travis had been Deputy Directors. In 1944, the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service took the new title Director-General of GC&CS, allowing Travis to become Director. In reality, after 1945, the influence of the Chiefs of the Secret Intelligence Service over sigint gradually faded, although they still chaired the London Signals Intelligence Board, Britain's highest authority for overall sigint policy, into the early 1950s. [I am indebted to Chris Grey for some of these points]