1671

File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1671
Date 7 May 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 on North Africa: of Kesselring's orders for support of Army Group Africa as the first priority, on May 6; of General Neuffer being ordered to hold up an armoured attack at Massicault with all available means, on May 6; the 20th Flak Division reports severe losses through barrage and from when the front was over-run, on May 6; that Tunis and La Goulette harbours are to be destroyed by 1400 on May 7 but it was still possible to unload three small ships on May 6; that preparations for the demolition of Tunis and La Goulette are not to prevent the unloading of ships, on May 6; that the German Navy carried out the 5th Panzer Army's instructions for the blocking and demolition of the harbours at Tunis and La Goulette and closed both to all inward-bound shipping, on May 6; that the hospital ship Principessa Giovanna arrived at Trapani, on May 6; of Von Arnim's arguments for the use of neutral hospital ships and a shuttle service between Tunisia and Sicily to cope with the increasing numbers of the wounded, on May 6; of the 5th Panzer Army's orders to the Fortress Commandant at Bizerta and the German Naval Command in Tunisia for the preparation of demolitions, on May 6; a German appreciation of Allied preparations for the resumption of the main attack, in May; a damage report of Allied air raids on Marsala and Trapani, on May 6; that the German Naval Battle Group is to occupy Zembra and Zembretta islands, on May 6; that the 5th Panzer Army is to withdraw its central and southern flanks, leaving behind strong rearguards, on May 6-7; Allied tanks were reported to be passing through Massicault, on May 6; of deep penetration in the sector of the 15th Panzer Division; and that all airfields north and east of Tunis and Bizerta are to be evacuated, on May 7.

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1st Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence 7 May 1943 Download PDF (10.51 MB)
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