1401

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1401
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Gibraltar, Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Erwin Rommel

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: of an Axis retreat in the face of overwhelming Allied attacks both on the ground and in the air, on February 23; of the Panzer Army under Rommel's decision to retreat in the face of continuous Allied reinforcements, poor weather and limited available Axis forces, on February 22; and Naval Headlines.

Keywords

military situation reports, German army, invasion of French North Africa, military dispositions, aerial attacks, Allied powers, German strategy, operations planning, naval intelligence, Battle of the Atlantic, convoys, German U-boats, Vichy regime, shipping, transportation, equipment, aerial attacks on ships, rumours, invasion threat

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