1971

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1971
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Russia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Abwehr, Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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: that the German Air Force (GAF) are to reconnoitre for an approach of Allied landing craft to Calabria, on August 29; that the Italian Admiralty order motor torpedo craft to patrol the southern coast of Italy, on August 29; that Crotone-Catanzaro rail traffic was completely interrupted by bombing, on August 28; that Crotone railway station was destroyed, on August 29; of serious damage caused in a raid on Tamburi, on August 28; of a raid on shipping at Taranto on August 28; that GAF aircraft are to be tested for limpet mines following the discovery of sabotage at airfields, on August 28; and of the 39th Panzer Division, previously on the Russian Front, arriving in Italy, on August 26; on South-east Europe: of comments by the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for the Southeast on proposals for an Italian withdrawal from Dalmatia, on August 24; and of the postal service from Italy to Greece being interrupted by the bombing of the Rome-Brindisi railway lines, on August 28-29; and on West Europe: that a GAF night fighter unit transferred from the Mediterranean to Brussels, on August 28.

Keywords

predicting enemy intentions, invasion threat, Allied strategy, invasion of Italy, patrols, torpedo boats, effects of bombing, railways, naval bases, ports, sabotage, airfields, German air force, military dispositions, troop movements, German army, Italian army, occupied Yugoslavia, Italian withdrawal, communications disruption

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