1429

File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1429
Date 5 March 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 the German Air Force (GAF) unit at Kairouan is to carry out reconnaissance flights on March 5 to determine whether the Allied forces were beginning to move from central to northern Tunisia; that the GAF's main task for the next few days will be the Tunisian battle area and the area adjoining it to the east; that a large-scale attack against Tripoli is planned for the night of March 5/6; and the 1st Italian Army's tank returns for March 4; on the Russian Front: a report for March 4, detailing further Soviet successes; Naval Headlines; on the German Navy: a verbatim intercept of German naval communications, including frequency details, of March 4 containing details of senior German naval appointments; from the Japanese consul-general in Vienna, a very gloomy appreciation as at February 27 of the German war effort, particularly on the Russian Front, where 22 divisions of the German 6th Army had been annihilated, Hitler had ignored the advice of his military leaders, and the German Army was dissatisfied with Hitler as its supreme commander; and from the Portuguese minister in Berlin, a report on an Allied bombing raid on Berlin during the night of March 1/2 - the heaviest raid to date.

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1st Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence 5 March 1943 Download PDF (5.65 MB)
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