Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1229
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Italy, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Erwin Rommel


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: the German 90th Corps' report for December 14 on the Tunisian situation; a Panzer Army report for December 15, detailing heavy enemy attacks, and that the Panzer Army is to withdraw; that the German Air Force (GAF) in Tunisia has been ordered to escort Ju52 flights, on December 15; that the Germans are unable to unload ships at Sousse due to continuous air attacks, on December 16; that Sfax was requested to supply empty lighters to Sousse, on December 15 (not on the coversheet); that the enemy is attempting to annihilate the Panzer Army's motorised formations; that GAF Tunisia say there has been no damage from Liberator attacks on Bizerta and Tunis, on December 14; that an Axis supply ship was sunk by an air raid on Tunis, on December 15; that German Naval Command have sent barrage balloons and smoke apparatus to Bizerta and Tunis, on December 15; and Tunis reports to the German Naval Command on problems at the harbour, because of sunken vessels, on December 15.


troop movements, German army, Desert War, anti-aircraft defence, German withdrawal, supply problems, fuel, fighter escorts, aircraft, air raids, Allied powers, shipping losses, aerial attacks on ships

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