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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/820
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries Argentina, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Libya, Majorca, Malta, Russia, Tunisia, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Comando Supremo, Security Service, United Nations, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Benito Mussolini, 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 on North Africa: of the Panzer Army urgently requiring anti-tank guns as a top priority, on August 8; of the Panzer Army demanding the most rapid transport possible for anti-tank guns, on August 9; that Goering's orders for the dispersal of fuel dumps are to be strictly obeyed as of August 13; that Kesselring repeats information from a diplomatic source of a proposed Allied attack on Rommel's supply lines, on August 14; that the German Air Force (GAF) requests increased fighter protection for an increased assembly of senior officers on August 15; a Panzer Army day report for August 10 listing personnel shortages; of the Panzer Army's dispositions to meet an expected Allied landing in North Africa, and the German Africa Corps's tank strength, on August 12; of German acceptance of Mussolini's intention to subordinate the Panzer Army to Italian command on specified conditions, on August 9; and of Mussolini's orders to the Panzer Army on its subordination to Italian Command on August 12; Naval Headlines for August 11, including that the Luetzow passed the Bergen area on August 10; Naval Headlines for August 12, covering the Luetzow being en route to Kiel; the seeking of convoy PQ18; and an Italian report of an Allied Malta convoy from August 11; Naval Headlines for August 13, including that the Luetzow is expected in Swinemuende on August 12; and that convoy PQ18 was still unlocated as of August 10; the Chilean ambassador in Berlin reports on the situation in the southern Russian war zone, on August 12; the Chinese minister in Ankara reports secret information from Turkish official circles about the situation in Russia, on August 13; and the Turkish charg� in Kuibyshev reports first impressions of the conditions in Russia on August 11.

Keywords

anti-tank guns, German army, Desert War, tanks, Italian army, German-Italian relations, military organisation, military shortages, fuel, intelligence reports, British strategy, predicting enemy intentions, anti-aircraft defence, manpower, military dispositions, Axis strategy, fascist leadership, naval intelligence, German navy, Italian navy, warships, convoys, torpedo boats, Arctic convoys, diplomatic intelligence, military situation reports, Eastern Front, Soviet society

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