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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/673
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, North America, South Asia
Countries Belgian Congo, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Gabon, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Libya, Palestine, Russia, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Togo, Turkey, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges

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 on North Africa: a German Y service report of the British order of battle on June 26; that five Me109 aircraft are required daily for delivery to North Africa, on June 27; a German Air Force (GAF) Africa report for June 27, and their intentions for June 28; German Y service reports on Free French naval intentions for the eastern Mediterranean on June 26; and a German agent report of British troops leaving Haifa for Egypt, on June 27; on the Russian Front: a German secret service report of Soviet military dispositions and intentions; and that Timoschenko is said to be personally directing operations near Kharkov on June 27; on the Southern Russian Front: of the 4th Air Fleet's activities for June 26; Naval Headlines; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, on scenarios leading to the possibility of peace moves between the U.K. and Germany on June 18, a review of the war situation on June 19, and pondering on the reasons for the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs' visit to Italy, on June 23; a Japanese report from Madrid on the activities of U.S. troops in west Africa, on June 25; a Turkish report from Tokyo on a Japanese inter-service disagreement over an attack on Russia, on June 25; that the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterates Japanese determination to rid Timor of Australian and Dutch forces, and suspects the Portuguese of giving friendly assistance, on June 26; that the Turkish minister in Madrid suspects a possible Spanish move to take Gibraltar, on June 26; and the Turkish ambassador in Vichy reports the effect of the British loss of Tobruk, on June 26.

Keywords

communications interception, wireless communications, British army, military strength, Desert War, factories, aircraft, German war effort, military situation reports, predicting enemy intentions, Royal Navy, Free French, French navy, troop movements, military dispositions, Red Army, Eastern Front, military commanders, aerial attacks, German air force, naval intelligence, German U-boats, Italian navy, shipping, diplomatic intelligence, German strategy, United States Army, Soviet-Japanese relations, Japanese strategy, Spanish neutrality, morale, Nazi-occupied Europe

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