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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1315
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Adolf Hitler, 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 Northern Europe: of the 5th Air Fleet's operational orders for combatting blockade runners in Skagerrak, on January 13; on North Africa: a revised report on the losses caused in the raid on Castel Benito, on January 13; that no butter or dripping is available from Germany, which is considered important to the maintenance of the health of the troops, on January 12; a 5th Panzer Army report for January 12, describing harassing Allied artillery fire and localised activity, and including a request for artillery and infantry ammunition; a 5th Panzer Army report for January 11, with local actions being detailed; that Rommel's Aide is flying to see Hitler in East Prussia, on January 11; a German Air Force (GAF) report for January 14 anticipates that the Allied offensive is to start on January 14-15; and of orders for a concentrated attack on Benghazi on January 14.

Keywords

economic warfare, blockades, aerial attacks on ships, casualties, aircraft, Royal Air Force, air raids, airfields, German air force, food supplies, supply problems, Desert War, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, military situation reports, military commanders, transportation, predicting enemy intentions, military operations, operations planning

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