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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1119
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Libya, Madagascar, Malta, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Sicily, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Joachim von Ribbentrop

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: that the Panzer Army will be stationed at Agedabia until the arrival of the Young Fascist Division on November 21; that the German Navy cleared Tunis harbour on November 16; and the First Sea Lord's (1SL's) reply to the Prime Minister's (PM's) query; Naval Headlines, covering Tunisia; this file also includes the following messages from the Italian consul in Tunis, on French refusal to cooperate with the Germans, on November 15; from the Japanese Foreign Minister, a circular on the war situation in Europe, from November 7; from the Brazilian ambassador to the Vatican, of Italian fears of the loss of North Africa and an Allied landing in Italy, on November 16; from the Turkish ambassador in Rome, relating the effect of air raids on Italian morale, on November 16; and from the Irish minister in Vichy, on the German arrest of Weygand, on November 17.

Keywords

German strategy, Desert War, naval intelligence, warships, German U-boats, torpedo boats, convoys, diplomatic intelligence, Franco-German relations, military situation reports, Battle of Stalingrad, neutrality, invasion threat, invasion of Italy, effects of bombing, casualties, Vichy regime, military commanders, ports

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