1145

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1145
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, North America, Pacific
Countries Algeria, Corsica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Comando Supremo, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, 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: that Rommel annoys Bastico, the new Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for Tunisia, by sending De Stefanis direct to Rome, attempting to bypass Bastico, on November 20; Naval Headlines; the Japanese minister in Rome sends a report to the Japanese minister in Lisbon of a meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister on November 15, describing continued harmony between Italy and Germany, their future plan being to check the Allies on the border between Cyrenaica and Tripolitania and make Tunis the base for a counter-attack; and from the Japanese charg� in Rome, regarding gloom in Italy on the progress of the war, on November 19.

Keywords

military commanders, conferences, Italian army, naval intelligence, German U-boats, Battle of the Atlantic, convoys, shipping losses, shipping, transportation, military supplies, Desert War, diplomatic intelligence, German-Italian relations, morale, Italian war effort

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