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File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1383
Date 19 February 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 Rommel intends to advance with the 21st Panzer Division but the 5th Panzer Army in Tunisia refuses to commit any of its troops; that the German Air Force (GAF) in Tunisia fully supports Rommel's aims and is able to provide air support, on February 18; a Panzer Army situation report for February 17 and its planned objectives for February 18, including the continuation of the attack on Tebessa; that the retention of the Feriana - Thelepte area is unlikely; that the Germans are holding Sbeitla but the battle is proving harder than expected, on February 17; of Axis claims of prisoners and booty taken in Tunisian fighting, on February 17; that the Panzer Army battle group is to prepare to fall back on Gafsa in the face of a greatly superior Allied attack, mining roads and airfields on the way, on February 18; that slow-moving Italian forces are to be positioned to the front and sides of German troops; that a heavy GAF raid on Tripoli is planned for the night of February 18/19; that Kesselring orders the Tunis Air Corps to regard support for the Panzer Army Africa and attacks against Allied forces at Foum Tatahouine as their first priority target despite the known main task of the Air Corps, on February 18; and the 21st Panzer Division reports on February 19 that Panzer Regiment 5 had no losses of its own during the period of February 14-18 but destroyed 103 enemy tanks and captured two General Sherman tanks intact.

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