File Title Operation Torch: General Papers Relating to the Wartime Plan to Capture French North Africa; Intelligence and Situation Reports
Reference CAB 163/1
Date 3 August 1942 - 7 December 1942
Government Department Cabinet Office
File Accession Date 2000


A file of papers relating to security and cover plans to safeguard the secrecy of Operation �Torch�, the Allied invasion of French North Africa in November 1942. This operation was feared compromised when an aircraft transporting an agent crashed off the coast of Spain and the agent�s documents, which contained details of �Torch�, were washed ashore. The file contains reports, memoranda, and communications detailing this incident as well as other security and intelligence issues, including liaison procedures between British and United States planners; reports on the Axis powers� suspected knowledge of Operation �Torch� and on Axis deployments in North Africa; the success of a decoy plan to focus German attention on Malta, away from the Allied forces build-up at Gibraltar; the creation of code-names for invasion targets; Britain�s relationship with Spain; and assessments of the likelihood of Spain leaking information to Germany.

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