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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/484
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Crete, Italy, Russia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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: that German Air Force (GAF) Africa intend to operate Ju88 aircraft carrying 1800kg bombs, on April 4; that GAF Africa are preparing to use night fighters, on April 7; that GAF units were reprimanded for wastage of fuel through carelessness, on April 8; on the 10th Air Corps' operations for April 8, and that photographic reconnaissance of Alexandria was driven off by the RAF; on the operations of GAF Africa for April 8; that a tactical exercise without troops is to take place in Crete, possibly on April 10; on battle orders from the 4th Air Fleet for April 9 that include 'strangling' the Kerch peninsula and Sevastopol and the destruction of bridges over the Donets; and reports for April 5 from the 4th Army and the 59th Army Corps in the central sector of the Russian Front.

Keywords

high-explosive bombs, German air force, Desert War, military shortages, fuel, military commanders, aerial attacks, aerial reconnaissance, military exercises, military situation reports, invasion of the Soviet Union

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