1637

File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1637
Date 26 April 1943
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993

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: Naval Headlines; from the Italian minister in Budapest, detailing the Hungarian Regent's visit to Hitler - Hitler's view was that the Axis problems in Tunisia simply arose from difficulties over military supplies and that the Axis must pursue the war with increased vigour, he did not wish to hear talk of compromise; from the acting Japanese ambassador in Rome, describing discussions with the Italian Vice-Minister on April 14 on the recent talks between Hitler and Mussolini and the concurrent talks between Ribbentrop, the Italian Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and the German and Italian Chiefs of General Staffs; further detailed reports of April 18 on the Hitler/Mussolini talks, the Japanese views on the situation and discussion on the attitudes of Spain and Turkey; a further report of April 21, that some 250,000 Axis troops in North Africa are now being confronted by vastly superior Allied forces, with Axis aircraft being outnumbered by 5 to 1, giving a pessimistic outlook on the North African campaign, and with an Allied invasion of Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily expected; from the Japanese minister in Bucharest, on the Hungarian Regent's visit to Hitler, the Hungarian Prime Minister's (PM's) visit to Rome, the Hitler/Mussolini talks, and Turkish proposals for a Balkan entente to counter Soviet encroachment, on April 22; from the Turkish minister in Chungking, on areas of responsibility for Germany and Italy in the war in Europe, the Balkans and the Soviet Union, on April 23; from the Japanese charg� in Rome, an assessment of the Allied forces committed to the North African campaign, Axis attempts to hold on to Tunisia, and Allied plans to invade Sardinia, on April 22; and from the Portuguese minister in Budapest, on the Hungarian Regent's visit to Hitler, on Hitler's demand for full Hungarian mobilisation which was refused, and that Hungary is out to gain time by adopting an attitude similar to that of Bulgaria, on April 23.

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1st Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence 26 April 1943 Download PDF (6.83 MB)
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