1897

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1897
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sicily, Spain, Yugoslavia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini

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 Southern Europe: that supplying fuel to the German Navy in Leghorn involved great difficulty, on July 28; that the 2nd Air Fleet was instructed to order the dismantling and removal of all FREYA equipment south of Naples, on July 27; and on identification of the Lemnos Fortress Infantry Regiment, on July 24; on Northern Europe: of an Allied naval formation being sighted off Stadlandet, heading North, its intention unknown, on July 28; Naval Headlines, covering the loading of all large ships at Leghorn being suspended on July 26; that the replenishment of fuel stocks on Rhodes is a matter of the utmost urgency, on July 28; from the Japanese minister in Madrid, describing a discussion with the Italian ambassador on the situation in Italy and the possible effects on policy, on July 26; and a meeting with the former Spanish Foreign Minister, Suner, to discuss the Italian crisis and the implications for the progress of the war, on July 26; from the Irish minister in Lisbon, on shortages of wages and food causing unrest; and describing general elation at the fall of Mussolini, on July 29; and from the Brazilian ambassador in Madrid, detailing Spanish reactions to the Italian crisis, on July 27.

Keywords

supply problems, fuel, German navy, radar, equipment, transportation, German withdrawal, military dispositions, occupied Greece, predicting enemy intentions, naval intelligence, tactics, German U-boats, convoys, coastal defence, diplomatic intelligence, collapse of Fascist Italy, Italian government, political intelligence, politicians, armistice, civil unrest

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