File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1115
Date 18 November 1942
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993


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 Rommel's request to Kesselring for all-out air strikes against the Allies at Msus to relieve pressure on the Germans around Benghazi; of a request for fuel to be flown in to Berca, Magrum and Arco Dei Fileni, on November 17; on North Africa: that Rommel is considering the evacuation of Benghazi, on November 18; and of the German Air Force's (GAF's) intentions for November 18; on Tunisia: that the Gabes-Sfax road has been cut by the U.S.; that the Germans have turned back to Tripoli; and that the French on the border are reported to be hostile, on November 17; that half of Medjez El Bab is occupied west of Tunis; that a further advance was stopped pending negotiations with the French; that an order to shoot was rescinded; that the GAF are to occupy Gabes and were fired on by Allied tanks; and that the Bizerta garrison is considered by Nehring to be reliable, on November 17; that the Panzer Army requests an air recce to locate the Young Fascist Division; Nehring's report to Kesselring on conversations with the resident General and French commandant at Bizerta on November 17; that FREYA equipment was sent to Tunis; that aircraft were transferred from Elmas to Bizerta for a combined attack planned for November 17; Kesselring's intelligence assessment of the Allied intention to advance towards Tebessa-Gafsa-Gabes, on November 18; that Ju88 aircraft from Tripoli are to attack the Allies at Msus, then to return to Crete, on November 18; that the GAF were instructed to requisition all petrol stocks in Tunisia for processing into aviation fuel, on November 17; that troops are being flown into Tunis for the occupation of Gabes and Sfax; that Kesselring is stressing the need for fighter protection of transport aircraft; of a request for rations to be sent to forward units, on November 17; that the supply tanker Giordani was sunk, with survivors being taken to Messina, on November 18; and 5 CX reports on Tunisia for November 17 (extracts).

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