File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/197
Date 8 November 1941
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993


A file of signals intelligence reports, messages, and correspondence issued by the Government Code and Cypher School and sent by the head ('C') of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) to the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. This file includes the following reports: on November 6, the 16th Army reports heavy fighting on the Northern Front; the 1st Panzer Army is anticipating heavy casualties in new operations, on November 6; a 4th Army report for the evening of November 6 indicates considerable Soviet air, armour and artillery activity in the central sector; a situation report on the central sector shows vigorous Soviet tank activity along the whole front; the 53rd Corps, 24th Panzer Corps, 43rd Corps and 47th Panzer Corps are heavily engaged with Soviet forces south of Moscow on November 6, with the roads improving in the frost; a situation report of November 6 reports the activities of the 56th Corps, 41st Army Corps, 1st and 7th Panzer Divisions, and 161st Division in the Kalinin sector: the main body of the 1st Panzer Division is without artillery, requesting the arrival of the 27th Army Corps as soon as possible and anticipating increased Soviet activity on November 7; on the advance line of the German forces in the Donetz sector on November 6; on preparations for a reconnaissance operation in Libya by agents using captured Ford vehicles on November 4; that Panzer Group Africa require photographic mosaics of Tobruk, from November 4; that artillery ammunition is urgently required in Benghazi and Tripoli on November 6; on details of the ammunition delivered in Africa and that lost through sinkings, from October 1-25; that the October programme is well behind schedule, and the November programme has been increased, on November 7; a report of RAF raids on Benghazi, Castel Benito and Melaha: with a direct hit on the headquarters of Fliegerfuehrer Africa; a sighting report of the Pegaso convoy, including the Capo Arma and Capo Faro en route from Benghazi to Brindisi, sailing ahead of schedule, on November 7; of Japanese views on the modifications of the Anti-Comintern Pact, on November 8; the Italian ambassador in Washington comments on the U.S. and the war following the sinking of the Kearny, on October 31; and a Turkish report from Stockholm on Japanese and German views on the prospects of Japan going to war with the U.S., on November 5.

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