Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1392
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Germany, Great Britain, Spain
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler


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: of Axis intentions for February 22 including a thrust on Le Kef and the pushing back of other Allied forces; on the Russian Front: of preparations for the evacuation and destruction of German tank repair shops at Novomoskovsk and Dnepropetrovsk, on February 19, in the face of the Soviet advance; that the German Air Force (GAF) prepares to develop the airfield at Zhitomir in Ukraine, on February 19; of Soviet reinforcements at the Novorossijsk bridgehead, on February 19; and of the GAF's detailed combat plans for February 20 on all Russian fronts; Naval Headlines; this file also includes the following messages: from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, describing a re-shuffle of the Italian cabinet, strengthening Mussolini's hand and making unlikely a separate Italian compromise with the U.S. and the U.K., on February 8; from the Turkish minister in Madrid, that Spanish officers of the Blue Division who have recently returned from the Russian Front say that German morale there is very low and the German Army will not be able to continue fighting for another year; that the outlook is bleak; and that there is panic in Spain over the likely spread of Communism in Europe following a Soviet victory; from the Turkish ambassador in Bucharest, describing complete panic in Romania over the Soviet advance and intensive preparations that are under way to resist Soviet air raids; this was repeated from Ankara to the Turkish ambassador in Washington on February 19.


Axis strategy, invasion of French North Africa, Battle of the Kasserine Pass, military objectives, Eastern Front, evacuation, demolitions, airfields, military dispositions, Red Army, anti-aircraft defence, German army, naval intelligence, Italian navy, shipping, diplomatic intelligence, fascist leadership, politics, German morale, defeatism, Axis powers

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