1440

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1440
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, North America
Countries England, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Russia, Tunisia, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Josef Stalin

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 Kesselring institutes a court martial over a negligent escort for merchant ships, on March 7; and that an Axis unit is withdrawing in the Medenine area, on March 7; on the Atlantic: that the German Air Force (GAF) at Lofoten is to reconnoitre for Paderborn, possibly connected with the Scharnhorst's operation, on March 7; on Germany: that the GAF requires lists of bomber crews with qualifications for operations against England, on March 7; Naval Headlines, covering Axis losses on the North Africa run; that Italian troops are moving to Crete; and that an Allied convoy is en route to Oran and Algiers; from the Japanese ambassador in Kuibyshev, on German reverses and the growth in Soviet skill and confidence on the Russian fronts, on February 20; and from the Roumanian minister in Rome, noting the arrival of Goering in Rome, on March 6.

Keywords

military commanders, incompetence, military discipline, German withdrawal, patrols, aerial reconnaissance, German navy, warships, operations planning, German air force, personnel, naval intelligence, German U-boats, Italian navy, shipping, shipping losses, diplomatic intelligence, Eastern Front, Soviet strategy, Nazi leadership

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