1182

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1182
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Pacific
Countries Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Josef Stalin

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 Tunisia: that the German Air Force (GAF) are maintaining continuous attacks on Allied armour in the Tebourba-Chouigui area; that Allied paratroops landed near Zaghouan and Depienne and reached the area south and south east of La Mohammedia, but were repulsed by armoured patrols; of intentions to attack with all mobile forces and capture the position west of Tebourba; a review of the situation by the 90th Corps for November 30; a report from Kesselring for November 30 includes the serviceability of armoured vehicles; Naval Headlines, covering that French warships and merchant vessels in the Atlantic are to be regarded as hostile and sunk; and that all Swedish ships not engaged in Gothenburg traffic are to be sunk; that increased vigilance was ordered by the Germans in Tunisia during the night of November 30 to December 1 as there was a possibility of the Allies making a landing; that the Italians had received reports on December 1 that two U.S. submarines might be used for landing operations; from the Japanese minister in Berne on the French situation, on November 26; from the Japanese Foreign Ministry, on Italian morale, and Japanese suggestions for propaganda to be used for Italy, on November 28; from the Japanese ambassador in Ankara on Turkish policy as perceived by the Turkish Foreign Minister, on November 28; from the Japanese ambassador in Vichy on French demobilisation, on November 28; and from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, giving views of the war situation as perceived by Weizsaecker, on November 28.

Keywords

military situation reports, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, German army, military strength, tanks, predicting enemy intentions, Allied strategy, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, German U-boats, Battle of the Atlantic, Italian navy, diplomatic intelligence, occupied France, propaganda, Turkish neutrality, occupation arrangements, Vichy regime

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