Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1168
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries France, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler


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 France: that German troops are occupying Toulon town and harbour on November 27; that the French fleet scuttled some vessels; and that French airfields were handed over without incident, on November 27; on North Africa: that a special task for the German Air Force (GAF) for November 27 is cancelled as the French fleet at Toulon is now in German hands and a British naval major task group is withdrawing to the west; that forces from Sicily are to engage in fighting in Tunisia if required; that GAF targets are to be harbours, airfields and Allied assembly areas; that aircraft from Sardinia are to carry out a continuous recce of the coastal road; that Weichold was informed by German Naval Command in Italy on November 27 that Hitler's command to disarm the French armed forces in Toulon was carried out according to plan, although the French order for no resistance and no scuttlings was not obeyed everywhere; and from the German secret service in Vichy, a report for November 27 covering the German occupation of Toulon; the situation in the French colonies in North Africa; a request of the French government to return to Paris from Vichy; and the internment of senior French officials and officers opposed to Franco-German cooperation.


aerial reconnaissance, naval bases, French navy, occupation arrangements, occupied France, captured equipment, disarmament, shipping losses, Vichy regime, Franco-German relations

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