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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1290
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries France, Germany, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Sicily, Spain, Syria, Turkey
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini

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: a German Air Force (GAF) report, based on PoW statements, of an imminent enemy attack; on the Southern Russian Front: of a German retreat on the central Don front, on January 5; Naval Headlines, covering Axis shipping to and from North Africa; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, regarding difficulties caused by a rise in the cost of living in Germany, on December 31; from the Turkish ambassador in Rome, describing German-Italian relations, as of January 2; and from the Turkish ambassador in London, relating an Allied plan to draw Turkey into the war, on January 2.

Keywords

military operations, Allied powers, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, German withdrawal, Eastern Front, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, German U-boats, mines, Italian navy, shipping losses, submarines, diplomatic intelligence, accommodation, conferences, Nazi leadership, fascist leadership, rumours, Allied strategy

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