1281

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1281
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Crete, Libya, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Adolf Hitler

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: the German Air Force (GAF) report an attack on Gafsa, on January 2; that lorries are required to remove GAF stores from Kala Srira, on January 1; that the GAF KG26 bomber group is to transfer to Heraklion on January 3 for attacks on convoys along the North African coast; a GAF report for January 2, including locations of elements of the 8th Army; and that the enemy has dispersed to avoid bombing; and a GAF Africa evening report for January 2 noting increased enemy air activity; on the Russian Front: a GAF report on the ground situation for January 2, detailing powerful Soviet attacks in the north; on the Southern Russian Front: that the GAF are reluctant to obey Hitler's order to transfer fighter and Stuka groups to the Stalingrad area, on January 2; and a minute from the Prime Minister (PM) to C complaining about the paraphrasing of reports (see also 1950).

Keywords

military situation reports, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, military supplies, railways, supply problems, military dispositions, German air force, Desert War, aerial attacks, Red Army, military operations, Soviet strategy, Nazi leadership

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