1963

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1963
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Germany, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Leslie Hollis

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); on South Europe: of the German Air Force's (GAF's) operational orders for August 25-26, including reconnaissance for enemy landing attempts; that Kesselring states that the battle in Sicily showed the clear superiority of the German command and troops, on August 24; that Kesselring calls for the strictest economy in fuel consumption, on August 24; that Kesselring is concerned at the number of German soldiers remaining in Rome, on August 24; of the tank status of the 16th Panzer Division, on August 24; and on the aircraft status of the 2nd Air Corps, as of August 25; and on Germany: of considerable damage caused by an air raid on Berlin, on August 25.

Keywords

aerial reconnaissance, invasion preparations, invasion of Italy, military commanders, military strength, Axis powers, supply problems, fuel, military discipline, German army, tanks, aircraft, German air force, effects of bombing, air raids, Royal Air Force

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