1172

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1172
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Cape Verde, England, Italy, Libya, Sicily, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Abwehr, Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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 Kesselring deploys aircraft to Gabes on November 29; that Kesselring is dissatisfied with the antiaircraft situation at Bizerta, with the losses there considered intolerable, on November 28; a German Air Force (GAF) report for November 28, including sabotage attempts being expected at Gabes; and on a conference with the Italian chief of the secret service in Libya on November 27 to discuss the protection of an airfield; a GAF report for Cyrenaica on November 28, including an Allied bombing attack against Arco airfield; and on GAF support for ground forces; and a German Navy intelligence report for November 28 covering the Baltic, North Sea, English Channel, Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Keywords

military dispositions, German air force, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, anti-aircraft defence, military situation reports, Desert War, naval intelligence, Battle of the Atlantic, shipping losses, aerial attacks on ships, Royal Air Force, naval warfare

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