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File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1323
Date 19 January 1943
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993

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 the 21st Panzer Division is to take over 34 new tanks in the Sfax area after a rest and refit, on January 14; that the German Naval Command in Africa consider with Rommel that Tripoli could be held until January 20th at the worst, and that destruction preparations there are well in hand, with an evacuation programme drawn up, as of January 19; a German Air Force (GAF) situation report for January 18, of an Allied armoured spearhead 25 km north of Beni Ulid, and a heavy air raid on Castel Benito; a day report from the Panzer Army under Rommel for January 17, describing a fighting withdrawal in the face of superior Allied pressure, with the fuel situation serious, and the ammunition stocks strained; a situation report for January 18, noting the Allied air forces to be wary of German fighters in the Gabes area; a GAF situation report for January 17, describing operational activity; and a successful assault involving paratroops on Sened station; of the ration strength for the Panzer Army and the GAF on January 1; and that the transport vessel Ankara was sunk between Palermo and Bizerta, on January 18; on the Russian Front: a situation report for Stalingrad and the Caucasus, on January 17; on France: of Laval's request for full texts of agreements with the U.S. since the Armistice, on January 17; the Japanese minister in Madrid reports the views of Munoz Grande, Commander of the Spanish volunteer force, recommending that Spain and France enter the war on the side of Germany, on January 15; and from the Portuguese minister in Stockholm, on the Japanese refusal to attack Russia, on January 15.

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1st Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence 19 January 1943 Download PDF (4.03 MB)
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