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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1015
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Crete, Greece, Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Adolf Hitler

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 Air Force (GAF) summary of operations of October 26, including an Allied attack in the area west of Alamein; and that all Me109 fighters, including those kept for the defence of Tobruk, are being sent to Harun, west of Fuka; Naval Headlines, covering the Proserpina's total loss, and that the Tergestea was blown up in a torpedo attack; on North Africa: a GAF operational report; of air protection for a Luisiana convoy leaving Navarino on October 28 for Benghazi; that the Italian destroyers Geniere, Aviere and Legionario are to leave Taranto carrying fuel for Tobruk, on October 30; that air transport is available to carry anti-tank weapons and ammunition for North Africa from Italy and Greece on October 26; that the cargoes for the Emilio Morandi, Algerino and Tripolino are carrying rations, fuel, equipment and ammunition for the GAF and Army; and of Allied infantry attacks supported by armour penetrating near Deir El Munassib, while an attack near Deir El Anqar was repulsed; on the Mediterranean: that all U-boats are ordered by Hitler to attack convoys from October 25; that Kesselring orders the GAF to prepare for expected Allied attempts at sea-, or air-borne landings, on October 27; that orders to meet the Panzer Army's fuel shortages have been rendered dangerous by the sinkings of tankers and supply vessels; that the GAF in Africa have been reinforced by fighter and fighter-bomber aircraft, on October 27; on the Panzer Army's orders for assembly in preparation for a possible counter attack on October 26; and that a counter attack supported by Stuka and fighter-bombers was reported to be successful on October 27.

Keywords

military situation reports, German air force, air raids, air warfare, military dispositions, aircraft, naval intelligence, Italian navy, convoys, shipping losses, aerial reconnaissance, Second Battle of El Alamein, aerial attacks, transportation, British army, fuel, counter-attacks, German U-boats, supply problems, German strategy

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