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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/817
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries Crete, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Palestine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hastings Ismay

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: the Panzer Army's day report for August 6, including an escaped German officer PoW reporting that Allied commandos are north of the Qattara depression, and a list of serviceable Axis tanks; of German intentions for August 6-7; of a 7-day programme for the transport of Italian reinforcements to North Africa from August 8; and that the Panzer Army was informed of an agent's report of an impending Allied attack on Crete, on August 4; on the Russian Front: that the 4th Air Fleet is to support an attack by the 6th Army west of Stalingrad on August 7; and Naval Headlines, covering the Koeln with a destroyer escort being en route for Narvik, on August 5; and a large Allied convoy being reported west of Jan Mayen, on August 6.

Keywords

military strength, tanks, German army, Desert War, troop movements, Italian army, paratroopers, prisoners of war, escape, operations planning, agents, intelligence reports, British strategy, aerial attacks, German air force, Battle of Stalingrad, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, German U-boats, incompetence, mines, Italian navy, shipping

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