1152

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1152
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries Iran, Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People 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: that Keitel informs Rommel on November 22 that Hitler and Mussolini have agreed that Rommel must hold the Agheila - Marada line at all costs, and that all possible reinforcements are to be supplied including German Air Force (GAF) support; on the Russian Front: details of German, Italian and Hungarian combat operations; that Romanian forces are to be resubordinated to the 8th Air Corps which is to airlift supplies to surrounded Axis forces, on November 22; and that GAF transport aircraft are unable to supply fuel to the German 6th Army in the vicinity of Stalingrad, on November 22; and Naval Headlines, covering German, Italian and French activity.

Keywords

Axis strategy, Desert War, defence, troop movements, military situation reports, Eastern Front, transportation, aircraft, military supplies, encirclement, Battle of Stalingrad, supply problems, naval intelligence, shipping, military organisation, Italian navy

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