1947

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1947
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, North America
Countries Canada, China, Corsica, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Soviet Union, Spain
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Josef Stalin

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: a BONIFACE summary from Brigadier Hollis for the Prime Minister (PM); and a SUNSET intelligence report; on South Europe: that German E-boat bases are transferring north, on August 18; that the German Navy orders the evacuation of fuel and oil from Taranto and Brindisi, on August 17; that the 29th Panzer Division was completely evacuated from Sicily by August 17; and of German Army supplies being ferried from Sardinia to Corsica, on August 17; on West Europe: of Allied air raids on Germany, on August 17; from the Japanese minister in Madrid, giving the Spanish Foreign Minister's views on the Spanish reaction to the fall of Mussolini, on August 14; that the Italian ambassador's warning to Mussolini was ignored, and a similar fate may be in store for Hitler, on August 14.

Keywords

military dispositions, torpedo boats, German navy, transportation, oil, evacuation, German army, invasion of Sicily, effects of bombing, German war effort, factories, war materials, weapons production, air raids, military supplies, diplomatic intelligence, German-Italian relations, Italian foreign policy, collapse of Fascist Italy

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