1940

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1940
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, North America, South Asia
Countries Burma, England, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Sicily, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Alexander Cadogan, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joachim von Ribbentrop

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 correspondence: from the Japanese representative to the Vatican, on the views of Cardinal Maglione on the Italian situation, as of August 6; from the Turkish ambassador in Rome, reporting a meeting of the Italian Foreign Minister with Ribbentrop on the Italian situation, on August 10; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, describing an interview with Hitler on the defection of Italy and the general war prospects, on August 4; from the Japanese ambassador in Rome, on the Italian Foreign Minister meeting with Ribbentrop, and that the new Italian government after the fall of Mussolini is to continue the war, on August 8; from the Turkish ambassador in Bucharest, that the Italians are under pressure from both Germany and the U.K., on August 11; and from the Portuguese minister in Rome, on the approaching Italian crisis, on August 12.

Keywords

diplomatic intelligence, Italian government, Italian foreign policy, German-Italian relations, Italian war effort, Italian politics

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