1137

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1137
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, North America, Pacific, South Asia
Countries Australia, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Phillipe Pétain, 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: a Panzer Army report for November 21; an Axis shipping report from Tripoli for November 21; on the Germans' ration stocks at Bizerta, as of November 21; and the German police report that Denz is to be asked to represent the Vichy government in Tunisia, on November 20; Naval Headlines, covering German measures against an Arctic convoy; and that German guards are to be posted on French merchant ships; this file also includes messages from the Chinese minister in Ankara, relating the Turkish Foreign Minister's views on the war and the Turkish position, on November 19; from the Greek charg� in Kuibyshev, giving the Japanese ambassador's views on the war, on November 19; from the Japanese minister in Madrid, reporting Italian advice to Spain not to trust the Allies in North Africa, on November 17; from the Turkish minister in Madrid, describing Spanish-German relations over North Africa, on November 19; and that Franco has asked Hitler for assurances on Spanish neutrality, on November 20; from the Turkish minister in Vichy, on Vichy-German relations, as of November 19; and that Petain is unwilling to declare war on the Allies, on November 20; from the Turkish minister in Lisbon, giving the Portuguese view that the Allies will invade Spain, on November 22; and a minute from the Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) to the Prime Minister (PM) with an appreciation of the Axis forces in and destined for Tunisia, on November 20.

Keywords

military organisation, tanks, German army, defence, Desert War, military situation reports, shipping, military supplies, manpower, naval intelligence, German U-boats, Battle of the Atlantic, coastal defence, military commanders, Vichy regime, French army, diplomatic intelligence, German strategy, Axis strategy, defeatism, public opinion, Spanish neutrality, peace proposals, military dispositions, Operation Torch, invasion of French North Africa

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