1374

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1374
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Russia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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 Kesselring was informed by the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) the Tunis Air Corps on February 16 of the lost opportunity for a German counter-strike; that the Panzer Army is to make a thrust towards Feriana, on February 17; a German Air Force (GAF) situation report for February 16, stating that Nedenine airfield was evacuated by the Axis and subsequently destroyed by the Allies; and that Axis forces have captured Gafsa and Tozeur airfields; and a Panzer Army situation report for February 15, noting Axis claims of major successes at Sidi Bou Zid; on France: of a successful Allied air raid on Lorient, on February 7; on the Russian Front: a GAF situation report for February 15, detailing air attacks against advancing Russian forces; and 2132/T7 (see 2312).

Keywords

German army, Italian army, operations planning, invasion of French North Africa, evacuation, German air force, military situation reports, captured settlements, prisoners of war, Allied powers, tanks, casualties, effects of bombing, Royal Air Force, ports, occupied France, air raids, air warfare, Eastern Front, Battle of the Kasserine Pass

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