1099

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1099
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, 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: Hitler orders the German Air Force (GAF) to impede the British from cutting off Rommel's retreat, on November 12; from a senior GAF officer in Tunis on the occupation of Tunisia, on November 12; that German forces had to begin the immediate occupation of Tunis, with action to be taken to prevent the destruction of arms, equipment and supplies by the French, on November 13; that a German division was ordered to carry out reconnaissance in Tunisia, on November 13; and from the Japanese minister in Sofia, relaying Bulgarian intelligence that Italian Army leaders plan to make peace with the Allies, and Slovakian information that Mussolini is avoiding an anti-Jewish policy, on November 5.

Keywords

Nazi leadership, German air force, aerial attacks, British army, Desert War, German withdrawal, occupation arrangements, Vichy regime, Operation Torch, invasion of French North Africa, military organisation, ports, aerial reconnaissance, diplomatic intelligence, Italian foreign policy, peace proposals, Italian government

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