2020

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2020
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Corsica, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations 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 on Southern Europe: of the German defence line on Corsica, as of September 19; a situation report for Italy including that the German withdrawal is proceeding according to plan, on September 19; a ground situation report in the Salerno area, on September 19; of a German estimate of Allied casualties in the 16th Panzer Division's sector between September 9 and 17, from September 19; that the 14th Panzer Corps is to hold its present intermediate position on September 20; that the 16th Panzer Division, at present under the 76th Corps, is to be subordinated to the 14th Corps, on September 18; that the German Air Force (GAF) intend to evacuate Foggia on September 20; of preliminary measures in connection with an airfield demolition in the Foggia area, on September 18; on the creation of a new post of Chief of Staff (COS) of Flak South being requested on September 18 in view of the transfer back of Flak units from southern Italy; that blocking measures have commenced at Spezia, with 4000 dockers on strike, on September 18; and the German naval transport authority at Ancona reported that most of the escaped English prisoners have been recaptured, on September 20; on South-east Europe: of arrangements for a German landing on Corfu, on September 16; on the Russian Front: of indications of Russian progress towards Anapa, on September 18; and that rapid investigations are to be made about cable railways, on September 15.

Keywords

German army, military organisation, defence, occupied France, military situation reports, invasion of Italy, Salerno landing, Operation Avalanche, German withdrawal, assessing enemy strength, casualties, German air force, evacuation, airfields, demolitions, anti-aircraft defence, civil unrest, ports, occupied Italy, Eastern Front, Red Army, breakthroughs, transportation, railways, prisoners of war, escape

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