2451

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2451
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Europe, Latin America
Countries Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, Portugal, Spain
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Abwehr, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler

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: that the Germans suffered heavy losses on February 12 and abandoned their gains in the Cassino sector; of the results of an Allied air raid on Sestri Levante, on February 12; and of an upgrade of the air defences in the Sofia area, on February 13; on the Russian Front: that elements of 4 Russian divisions cross the Dnieper north of Crimea, on February 12, with elements of the 8th Army encircled; on Germany: that a German Air Force (GAF) fighter unit loses 12 aircraft and achieves only 2 victories when reacting to an Allied air raid on January 30; and from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, a relay to all embassies on February 10 of a report from the German ambassador in Madrid on his talks with the Spanish Foreign Minister on February 7, describing Spanish sympathy with the German cause in the face of pressure from the U.K. and the U.S.

Keywords

military situation reports, Battle of Monte Cassino, German withdrawal, casualties, German army, effects of bombing, air raids, ports, air warfare, German air force, equipment, anti-aircraft defence, Eastern Front, Red Army, breakthroughs, diplomatic intelligence, Spanish neutrality, Spanish foreign policy

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