1445

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1445
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Azores, Croatia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Benito Mussolini, Joachim von Ribbentrop

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 Italian 1st Army lost 43 tanks on March 6; and that the German Air Force (GAF) at Tunis is to support the 5th Panzer Army to drive the enemy from Medjez El Bab, on March 9; on Northern Europe: of a GAF warning that the British fleet with assault boats is at sea, on March 9; on the Russian fronts: that the Germans advance towards Kharkov, but are retreating elsewhere, on March 8; Naval Headlines, covering an urgent need of supplies for Tunisia; from the Turkish ambassador in Vichy, on French apprehensions, as of March 3; and from the Turkish ambassador in Rome, describing a visit of Ribbentrop to Rome seeking Italian troops for the Russian Front; and that 6 divisions are to be sent to France, on March 4.

Keywords

German army, casualties, tanks, invasion of French North Africa, operations planning, Axis powers, intelligence requirements, Royal Navy, military situation reports, Eastern Front, Red Army, troop movements, naval intelligence, Battle of the Atlantic, shipping losses, convoys, German U-boats, coastal defence, artillery, Italian navy, aerial attacks on ships, diplomatic intelligence, Vichy regime, public opinion, Italian army, military dispositions

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