1467

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1467
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Azores, Belgium, Crete, France, Greenland, Holland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Charles de Gaulle

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 Tunis Air Corps' situation report for March 15 and their combat plans for March 16; a German naval summary for March 15 covering the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the North and Black Seas; on France: that German Air Force (GAF) personnel in western areas are to carry small arms with ammunition, and that all men on leave are to carry small arms without ammunition but leave trains will carry cases of ammunition which will be issued should any danger threaten, on March 14; and that large anti-shipping bombs are to be despatched from munitions stores in western France and Holland to those in northern France and Belgium; on the Russian Front: that the Germans considered on March 13 that the position of the 2nd Panzer Army in the Bryansk - Orel area had eased and that the Soviets would not achieve a decisive victory in that area until the spring thaw; and from the Spanish charg� in London, on increasing friction between General de Gaulle and His Majesty's Government (HMG), on March 12.

Keywords

military situation reports, invasion of French North Africa, aerial reconnaissance, German air force, naval intelligence, Battle of the Atlantic, convoys, shipping losses, German U-boats, contingency planning, security, Eastern Front, Red Army, military operations, diplomatic intelligence, Free French

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