2611

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2611
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Yugoslavia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring

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 elements of the Hermann Goering Division deploying to Leghorn and of the Panzer 301st Regiment withdrawing from the 14th Army in Italy to the German Western Command, on March 7; that the Hermann Goering Division is to defend the Italian coast from south of La Spezia to south of Leghorn, on March 1; that the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for the South-west Command is to receive 3 battalions of medically unfit men for guard duties and to a limited extent for fighting guerrillas, with the battalions to have special rations and medical support, on March 8; and on the status of German ports in Italy and maritime movements, including that Trieste's power supplies are at only 30% capacity following the sabotage of power cables, on March 11; on the Russian Front: of German Air Force (GAF) reconnaissance results, noting Russian forces to be south-west of Uman and west of Vinnitsa, on March 11; of GAF and Romanian Air Force strike operations on March 11; and of GAF air supplies to the German 4th and 8th Armies; Naval Headlines, which includes an item on the escorting by German surface vessels of the Japanese submarine Kiefer to the Lorient area, on March 11; a Southern Department report originated by His Majesty's (HM) representative at Tito's HQ on February 11 on the Yugoslav partisan attitude to the U.K., including the main points of the current partisan policy; and from the Spanish military attach� in Berlin, on the Spanish Legion fighting in northern Russia, that Spain was obviously expecting the Legion to be repatriated but Germany was placing obstacles in its way, on March 8/9.

Keywords

troop movements, military dispositions, German army, coastal defence, Italian Campaign, landing places, military organisation, disease, ad hoc units, guerrilla warfare, military shortages, electricity supplies, dockyards, sabotage, aerial reconnaissance, Eastern Front, Red Army, supply drops, naval intelligence, German navy, Japanese navy, warships, Pacific War, German-Spanish relations, partisans, anti-Nazi resistance

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