File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1657
Date 2 May 1943
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993


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: of Axis shipping plans between Italy and Tunisia for May 3; that the German Army shows great concern over the cancellation of a convoy for Tunisia on May 1; that material delivered on May 2 was insufficient; that Bizerta is still the best port for deliveries as it is the only tanker unloading terminal; that an Axis supply ship is expected at Tunis on May 3; a German Air Force (GAF) intelligence summary for all fronts; on North Africa: a report on the evening of May 2 that Bizerta would be made unusable in the very near future and that at least 4 landing craft were urgently required to evacuate the personnel there; an Army Group Africa report for April 29, noting that superior Allied forces were getting the upper hand; that GAF transport aircraft are to carry out a supply drop in the Protville area overnight on May 2/3; and that German E-boat reinforcements are required at Bizerta to oppose expected Allied landings in the area, on May 2; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, on the progress of the war and internal moves within Germany, giving a very rosy assessment of the Axis campaign in Tunisia; on German preparations on the Russian Front; on VIP visits to Berlin from Croatia and Serbia; on German dissatisfaction with the Romanian and Hungarian leaders; and that the Allies are expected to occupy the Azores but will probably delay their landing in France, on April 28; from the Japanese minister in Kabul, giving the views of the Italian minister in Kabul on information from Rome that Ribbentrop was to be removed and made the scapegoat for the present conditions in Germany; and that Germany should invade Turkey and strengthen its contact with the Japanese Army if it were not to repeat its defeat in the First World War, on April 20; and on North Africa: that General Von Arnim, commanding the German troops in Tunisia, intercepts a signal from Laval to the French Admiral Esteva telling him to remain at his post even after an Allied occupation of Tunisia - Von Arnim asks Ribbentrop to get Petain to recall Esteva to Vichy, otherwise Von Arnim would arrest Esteva and take him along by force when faced by an imminent Allied victory in Tunisia.

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