1251

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1251
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Cyprus, England, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Libya, Norway, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People 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: Rommel's report for December 22 giving a detailed order of battle of the Axis forces in Buerat; Kesselring reports that the Allies are believed to be concentrating strong bomber forces near the front in Tunisia, on December 23; a German Air Force (GAF) situation report on the ground situation in Libya being unchanged, on December 23; that Kesselring was forewarned of a seaborne attack on Tripoli, on December 23; of an air escort for ships carrying troops that are en route to Tunis, on December 23; that Tiger tanks are to arrive in Tunis on December 25; that the rail link between Tunis and Gabes has been re-established, on December 23; of the Allied position in Tunisia, on December 23; that GAF Tunis has learned that three destroyers carrying troops were to arrive in Bizerta on December 24; and that an Italian reinforcement was sent to Kairouan, on December 21; on Northern Europe: that Iceland is now intended to be the base for launching an offensive against Norway, on December 11; on the Mediterranean: that the Germans have learned of an imminent operation against the Dodecanese, on December 22; and on the Russian Front: of GAF operational orders for December 24.

Keywords

military situation reports, Desert War, German army, military strength, military organisation, equipment, tanks, artillery, Allied powers, military dispositions, aircraft, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, amphibious operations, ports, railways, predicting enemy intentions, Allied strategy, second front, Italian navy, transportation, troop movements, Eastern Front, Red Army, military operations

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