File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1286
Date 5 January 1943
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993


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 the Russian Front: that the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the German Air Force (GAF) withdraws 7 bomber groups for rest and refitting, on January 4; on North Africa: that the Chief Quartermaster (QM) of the Panzer Army sets up a new supply organisation for the Panzer Army, on January 2; a German report on the south Tunisia area, for January 3; of German measures to protect the road between Tauorga and Homs against sabotage, on January 3; that the Gabes sector was reorganised and its command has been taken over by Marshal Bastico; a situation report for January 3, stating that a new British force has been identified south of Sirte; of a suggestion by de Gaulle that he and Giraud are to confer; that German units in the Tripoli area are to prepare to move to the Tunisian border, on January 3; a report by the Panzer Army under Rommel for January 3, noting quiet but that British and Indian divisions are moving up; that Rommel is to withdraw to Tarhuna-Homs, on January 3; that Rommel fears a main effort by the enemy on the southern flank, on January 3; a special report on the supply situation and the fighting strength of the Panzer Army under Rommel, on January 3; a situation report of January 1; that General Giraud claims to command 50,000 Frenchmen in Tunisia, being equipped by the Allies; reports of political agreements between de Gaulle and Giraud; and that Rommel considers the withdrawal of non-mobile elements essential, on January 3; on Crete: that the transfer of group KG26 to Heraklion has been postponed, on January 3; a German anti-aircraft report on an attack on Crete on January 2; Naval Headlines for January 3, covering Atlantic U-boats, and Axis shipping to/from North Africa; from the Chinese minister in Santiago, that Chile is to sever relations with the Axis, from December 31; from the Portuguese minister in Bucharest, on unease in the Balkans concerning Soviet military success, on December 30; from the Turkish charg� in Kuibyshev, regarding the war situation, on December 30; from the Turkish minister in Madrid, on Spanish internal affairs, on a mobilisation directed against Germany, and that Franco no longer believes in an Axis victory, on December 30; and from the Turkish ambassador in London, noting anxieties among governments in exile about the Soviet Union's desire to extend its post-war frontiers, on December 31.

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