1299

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1299
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Mediterranean
Countries Angola, Mozambique
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: of the Panzer Army under Rommel's dispositions to cover the southern flank, on January 7; that Bastico informs Rommel of the withdrawal of Italian formations, on January 4; of the withdrawal of the Hon garrison, on January 6; of further withdrawals, on January 7; that the German Air Force (GAF) was informed that U.S. Liberators carry 2 cannons, on January 7; and from the Portuguese minister in Pretoria, describing a friendly interview with General Smuts, on January 5.

Keywords

contingency planning, German army, Desert War, military operations, British army, Italian withdrawal, United States Army Air Force, aircraft, diplomatic intelligence, espionage, Portuguese neutrality

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