1283

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1283
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Bulgaria, Crete, France, Russia, 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: that Rommel wishes to withdraw to Tunis because he fears being cut off from his supply bases, on January 1; that Rommel has requested 500 vehicles to withdraw non-mobile elements, with there being disagreement over the timing of this, on January 1; the German Air Force (GAF) in Tunis' operational orders for January 4; of GAF orders for an attack on Bone harbour on January 4; that the GAF was warned of a possible British naval attack on Bizerta on January 4; and a GAF Africa evening report for January 3, noting complete quiet, and that the withdrawal of non-motorised elements has begun; on Crete: of Italian information that the Allies will operate against Crete between January 15 and 20; on France: of the German Ground Officer Commanding (GOC) in Chief (West) delineating responsibility for dealing with parachutists and internal disorders, on January 1; and that heavy calibre coastal defence guns are to be delivered to the Sea Defence Commandant in Languedoc by January 15; on the Soviet Union: a German secret service report that Mr Eden is to visit with British and U.S. general staff officers, on January 2; on the Southern Russian Front: the GAF's final report for January 2, containing an indication that the Soviets are preparing landings in the Black Sea area; and describing unsuccessful attempts to supply the 6th Army.

Keywords

German withdrawal, Desert War, French army, colonial troops, contingency planning, sabotage, supply problems, British army, conferences, military commanders, Axis powers, aerial attacks, artillery, German air force, operations planning, ports, predicting enemy intentions, naval bombardment, amphibious operations, occupation arrangements, security, anti-Nazi resistance, occupied France, coastal defence, diplomatic missions, Anglo-Soviet relations, Soviet strategy

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