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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1429
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean
Countries Argentina, England, Germany, Russia, Soviet Union, Tunisia, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler

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.

Keywords

aerial reconnaissance, Allied powers, troop movements, operations planning, German air force, aerial attacks on ships, Italian army, military strength, tanks, German army, Eastern Front, military operations, German withdrawal, counter-attacks, naval intelligence, German U-boats, Italian navy, shipping, military organisation, military commanders, diplomatic intelligence, Soviet strategy, Red Army, casualties, Battle of Stalingrad, effects of bombing, air raids, Royal Air Force

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