1379

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1379
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Russia, Tunisia
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: a Panzer Army situation report for February 16, describing the Allies as holding out in the Djebel Lessouda area; that the German Air Force (GAF) Tunis Air Corps is prepared to support a further Axis advance; that units are to operate from Kairouan or Tunis against Tebessa and Le Kef; that airfield detachments are ready for Thelepte and Sbeitla, and are clearing mines from the Gafsa airfield; and that the Germans captured Feriana and fighting is in progress around Thelepte, on February 17; on the Russian Front: that the Soviet advance and German retreat continues, on February 16; that the GAF 4th Air Fleet is short of fuel, with fuel trains urgently required, on February 16; that GAF units are preparing to deploy to Dnepropetrovsk and Zaporozhe, on February 17; and of Russian pressure and advances throughout the entire Eastern Front, and that the German Army continues in retreat, on February 17.

Keywords

military situation reports, German army, invasion of French North Africa, German air force, military operations, captured settlements, Eastern Front, Red Army, supply problems, fuel, German deployments, aircraft, German withdrawal, Battle of the Kasserine Pass

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