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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/220
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Bosnia, Crete, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Erwin Rommel

Description

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: a 9th Army report of November 16 on heavy fighting in the Kalinin area; of the activities of the 47th Panzer Corps, 53rd Army Corps, 24th Panzer Corps, and 43rd Army Corps for November 16; that the fuel state is very low; on Crimea for November 16: Kerch was captured with fighting continuing north of Balaclava; of 4th Air Fleet special orders for air reconnaissances on November 15 over southern Ukraine and the Caucasus; of the 4th Air Fleet's operational orders for November 16: a lack of winter equipment is hindering attack; attacks are to continue on shipping between Crimea and the Caucasus; the 4th Air Corps is to eliminate the Red Air Force in the Sevastopol area and reconnoitre Voroshilovgrad; a report of fighting in the sector south west of Moscow on November 16; a situation report on operations in Russia issued by the supreme command of the army on November 17; that a German bomber unit is to return to France from the Russian Front; a situation report on Yugoslavia, for November 15; that the German Air Force (GAF) in the Rostov sector and Crimea is short of fuel, on November 17; that Wuersburg and Freya radio location equipment are urgently needed in North Africa because of the increasingly critical air situation, on November 17; that General Rommel is to return to Africa from Greece on November 18; that a Bombay aircraft was shot down near Gaala on November 17; and that 35 RAF prisoners are to be flown out to Greece on November 18.

Keywords

military situation reports, Operation Barbarossa, German army, Red Army, supply problems, fuel, military operations, German air force, equipment, railways, troop movements, partisans, air raid warning systems, Royal Air Force, prisoners of war, invasion of the Soviet Union

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