Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1817
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Malta, Sardinia, Sicily
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined


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 South Europe: the German Air Force (GAF) report a Spitfire attack on Taormina, on July 9; a German report of landings on Sicily, but none on Sardinia, on July 10; that GAF reconnaissance shows 50 craft to be in Syracuse harbour, on July 10; that the GAF are to concentrate on landing troops rather than warships, on July 10; of GAF SK10 aircraft being located near Salerno, on July 9; a GAF reconnaissance report of the landing fleet off Sicily, early on the morning of July 10; of a GAF claim that parachutists in the Castel Vetrano area were mopped up, on July 10; that the GAF in Sicily has 150 fighters, as of July 9; and a German report of fighting on Favignana island off Sicily, on July 10.


Royal Air Force, aerial attacks, strafing, predicting enemy intentions, Allied strategy, shipping, ports, invasion of Sicily, military objectives, coastal defence, German air force, Royal Navy, warships, naval bombardment, military situation reports, Allied powers, paratroopers, military strength, Operation Husky

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