Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1370
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Albania, Gibraltar, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sardinia, Sicily
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Benito Mussolini


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 Mediterranean: of the German Air Force's (GAF's) operational orders for February 15; that an attack against Bou Zid was a complete success; that reconnaissances are ordered for the road from Faid-Sbeitla-Kasserine; the Italian General Calvi, of the Centauro Division, reports that the Allies are apparently evacuating Gafsa, on February 15; a German intelligence agent reports that Allied assault troops are assembling with landing gear in Algiers and Eastern harbours with intended operational areas of south-west Italy, Sicily and Sardinia, on February 14; a GAF situation report for February 15, stating that Allied forces with armour are 10 km from Gardane; and detailing strong Allied air activity over the battle area of the 10th and 21st Panzer Divisions; on Western Europe: a report from the Commander in Chief (CinC) of the GAF in Berlin of an Allied landing on the southern coast of Norway, on February 15; on the Russian Front: a 4th Air Fleet report of Soviet forces being 2 km north of Kharkov, on February 15; that German forces were withdrawn to a line immediately west of Taganrog, on February 14; and of orders for the demolition of harbour installations at Novorossisk, on February 13. This file also includes messages from the Italian ambassador in Tokyo, describing a serious Japanese tonnage shortage, on February 10; and from the Irish minister in Rome on the Italian situation, as of February 11.


aerial attacks, German air force, invasion of French North Africa, effects of bombing, Allied withdrawal, evacuation, captured settlements, predicting enemy intentions, invasion of Italy, invasion of Sicily, Operation Husky, military situation reports, commando raids, Nazi-occupied Europe, Eastern Front, German withdrawal, demolitions, ports, diplomatic intelligence, Japanese war effort, industry, supply problems, fascist leadership, peace proposals

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