Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1086
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Mediterranean
Countries Gibraltar, Malta
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring, Erwin Rommel


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: that Kesselring considers German Air Force (GAF) occupation of a second Tunis airfield necessary, and if the French obstruct this then Tunis will be bombed and German parachute troops will restore order, on November 11; on North Africa: that the GAF in Tunis learned late on November 11 that Constantine and the ports at Bougie, Philippeville and Bone had been taken over by Gaullists; that the Panzer Army is almost without fuel by November 10, with no stocks remaining at Tobruk; that Rommel tells Kesselring on November 10 that the situation is now much more acute; that Rommel has plans to discuss this with Kesselring and the Italian Commander in Chief (C-in-C) on November 11 in Gambut; that the GAF evacuated airfields east of Tobruk on November 11; that Tunis harbour was blocked by a sunken ship on November 11; that Bizerta can take ships up to 3000 tons; and that the German Navy are moving vehicles from Tripoli to Tunis, on November 10; on the Mediterranean: the [German secret service in Madrid] on November 10 relays that an agent in Tangier indicates that the Llanstephan Castle, bringing aid from Canada to Gibraltar, will continue to Malta with the Scottish Highlanders now in Gibraltar; on North Africa: a Panzer Army report for November 10, that the Allies are pursuing and overtaking German forces; of another complaint from Rommel over the lack of support from the GAF, on November 11; and that GAF transport aircraft are flying only small amounts of fuel and smoke batteries into Cyrenaica, and aircraft engines into Tripoli, on November 11.


airfields, Operation Torch, invasion of French North Africa, Vichy regime, bombing, German airborne troops, defectors, military commanders, French armed forces, military shortages, fuel, military situation reports, evacuation, German air force, demolitions, ports, Desert War

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