File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/203
Date 10 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: an Eastern Front situation report for November 7; the Army Group South is making progress towards Kerch, and towards Rostov; the Army Group Centre is able to bring up rear divisions because of improved road conditions; and the Army Group North is progressing in an attack on both sides of Volkhov; a situation report for November 6, that the 56th Army Corps and 7th Panzer Division, 41st Army Corps and 1st Panzer division are making progress in the Kalinin Sector; supplies for Panzer Corps are to be brought in by army field vehicles (AFVs) because of deteriorated road conditions; the 53rd Army Corps is advancing against stiff Soviet opposition; the 24th Panzer Corps is engaged in heavy fighting with Soviet forces from the east south of Tula; the 43rd Army Corps has repulsed heavy Soviet attacks; 47 Panzer Corps is advancing in the direction of Kromy; the Chiefs of Staff of the German armies in the central group on the Russian Front have been summoned to a conference in Orsha with the chief of general staff, on November 13; a movement order possibly indicating the location of the 6th Anti Aircraft Division as Belgium, from the northern France area on November 8; the order of battle of the 10th Air Corps, with locations, for November 8; details of German artillery in Africa on November 7; the transfer of officers from Naples was requested to form a reserve of Commanders required in Derna on November 7; the RAF raid of November 4 on Benghazi destroyed aviation fuel; a German Y-service assessment of British units in North Africa on November 7; an Italian naval report that the British are urging the arming of French ships lying in Alexandria with the intention of intensifying attacks on Italian harbours and bases, on November 7; the intentions of the 10th Air Corps for November 10, including escorting a train of towed gliders from Greece to Derna; that the German Foreign Office require weekly reports on Danube shipping disturbances or incidents, on November 8; a day report from the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) Armed Forces South East for November 8, on fighting in Serbia, hostages being taken, further reinforcements of insurgents in Croatia, Communists being captured and bandits executed in Greece, a shortage of fuel in Salonica, a Greek collier carrying German troops being stranded near Lemnos, and the move of the 5th Mountain Division back to Germany being resumed; of King Ibn Saud's comments on relations with Germany, on November 2; on the Saudi minister in Vichy responding to Ibn Saud on November 7; of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs outlining its policy towards the war and the concern over relations between Vichy and Germany, on November 5; from the Romanian charg� in Washington assessing the U.S. prospects for war, on October 19; the Turkish ambassador in Kuibyshev reports Anglo-Soviet disagreement on November 6; and the Turkish ambassador in London reports De Gaulle's assessment of the progress of the war on November 7.

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