This resulted in a meeting held at GHQ Home Forces on 22nd April 1941 to decide what action was to be taken by the various War Office Schools and Training Establishments on receipt of the code word “CINDERELLA”. Following this meeting a letter was issued on 17th June 1941 detailing action to be taken on receipt of “CINDERELLA”. This scheme remained in place with some amendments until Oct 1944.
Anti-Aircraft Training Establishments were still excluded and would reinforce ADGB on receipt of the code word “COWHIDE”, which replaced the similar scheme under the code word “TIMOTHY TWO”. The following actions were to be taken by other Training Establishments:
- Staff College, Camberley – staff and students to remain and provide a reserve of staff for the Commands.
Students at the following Schools and Training Establishments would be dispatched to Area Reception Camps and returned to their units as early as possible:
- School of Artillery; S.A.S, Hythe Wing; Infantry Company Commanders School; School of Military Administration; Intelligence Training Center, Matlock; No 1 School of Army Co-operation; School of Photography, RAF; Motor Mechanics School; A.F.V School, Bovington (less 200 students required for local operational roles); R.A.C. Tactical School; School of Signals; Y.S.N.C.O. School; Army Gas School; Senior Officers School; No. 1 and No.2 R.T.C – students on improver courses only; S.A.S., Netheravon School; Infantry D. & M. school; Army School of Physical Training; Army Gas School (Tergantle Wing); Administrative Staff School; Liaison School; Intelligence Training Centre (Cambridge); R.A.S.C. N.C.O’s School
Movement was to be by public rail services even though these may be subject to sever dislocation and delay. Instructors graded as Staff Officers at these schools were to remain as a pool of reserve Staff Officers. All other staff, along with staffs and students in schools not mentioned above or below, were to be placed under command of Areas concerned and training was to continue for as long as possible.
The staff and students at the following schools were to remain but not given any specific role except for their own local defence:
- R.A. School of Survey; Military College of Science; A.T.S Boys, Chepstow; A.T.S Boys, Blackdown; A.T.S Boys, Aborfield; Armourers Training Centre, R.A.O.C
The staff and students at the following schools were to remain pending special instructions from the War Office:
- Officers Training school, R.A.S.C.; HQ Training Establishment, R.A.O.C.; Officers Training School, R.A.O.C.; Intelligence Corps Depot; Special Training Centre (Lochailort)
A separate letter with instructions was issued to:
- A.T.S. Signal School
Late into 1941, there were still concerns about certain Training Establishments assigned an operational role having their training disrupted by practice for these operational roles. As from December 1941 these units were not called upon to practice these roles until 1 March 1942 at the earliest.
Unease at these arrangements still continued into 1942 – a memo by Lt. Gen Eastwood, Commanding Officer Northern Command raised several points: