Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1677
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Italy, Sicily, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring, Leslie Hollis


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 Hermann Goering Division suffered heavy losses, and withdrew with almost no transport or fuel, on May 8; the Air Corps at Tunis reports the remnants of the 334th Infantry Division withdrawing on foot following an Allied break-through, on May 8; a strength and serviceability report from Air Corps Tunis for May 8; on orders from Kesselring for the transfer of the German Air Force's (GAF's) ground organisation to Sicily and Pantelleria, on May 8; of German insistence on sending a supply U-boat to Kelibia despite the Tunisian authorities' objections, on May 9; the transport Office at Cape Bon report large parties of paratroops carrying written orders to force their way home, on May 8; of orders for all landing craft to sail to Sidi Daoud from Sicily as soon as the weather allowed, on May 8; that according to the Tunisian authorities the berths at Ras El Drek and Dar Es Saf must be completed, on May 9; that the completion of further berths in the Cape Bon area is impossible because of continuous air raids, on May 8; of an Italian Admiralty directive that the small ships abandoned off Cape Bon must be recovered using the Italian and German crews of sunken ships, on May 8; of three small ships being abandoned at anchor off Cape Bon following air raids, on May 8; and that 35 Ju52 transport aircraft are to fly to airfields on the Cape Bon Peninsula in a night operation on May 8-9.


transportation, aircraft, military dispositions, invasion of French North Africa, shipping losses, aerial attacks on ships, Allied powers, effects of bombing, ports, evacuation, German airborne troops, military discipline, submarines, German strategy, German army, casualties, military shortages, fuel, German withdrawal, breakthroughs

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