1439

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1439
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Sardinia, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Comando Supremo, Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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: the German Air Force (GAF) at Tunis report a withdrawal going according to plan, on March 7; a GAF Tunis report on the movements of the Italian 1st Army going according to plan, on March 7; Army Group Africa reports the halting of an attack by superior artillery, and calls for the bringing up of fuel; that Army Group Africa is to report details of Tiger tank losses, on March 6; that Army Group Africa was informed of the despatch of tank and gun reinforcements from Tunis, on March 4; and that elements of Africa Division 999 are to be sent to Africa on March 12-15; on Sardinia: that the GAF was ordered to take precautions against airfield attacks, in view of an approaching convoy, on March 7; and that the GAF was informed of the entry of an Allied convoy into the Mediterranean, on March 7; and on the Southern Russian Front: that the GAF supported an attack by the 4th Panzer Army and a defensive battle on Mius, on March 6.

Keywords

aerial reconnaissance, invasion of French North Africa, German withdrawal, Italian army, troop movements, British army, military strength, artillery, German army, casualties, tanks, anti-aircraft defence, airfields, convoys, military dispositions, aerial attacks on ships, Red Army, Eastern Front

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