2663

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2663
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean, North America
Countries Albania, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, United States of America, Yugoslavia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Geheime Staatspolizei, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin

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 contains a message from C to the Prime Minister (PM); and the following reports on Italy: part of a situation report from the Commander in Chief (CinC) for the South West on March 23 which refers to the hopelessness of the situation and heavy losses presumed to be at Cassino; of activities in the area of the 14th Army, including that the 92nd Infantry Division destroyed a guerrilla hideout, shooting ten partisans and capturing four near Bottigli; that the 1st Parachute Corps is quiet; that the 76th Panzer Corps and the 362nd Infantry Division repulsed three Allied patrols; on the possible movement of the 278th Infantry Division; on Allied shipping activity in the Mediterranean; and of Allied air raids on railways and harbour installations; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, forwarding information from his usual contact on Finnish reactions to negotiations between Finland and the Soviet Union and Swedish involvement, on March 17; and reporting a meeting with the German Vice-Minister Steengracht and the reasons for the German entry into Hungary, his thoughts on the negotiations between Finland and the Soviet Union, and on the possibilities for a second front, on March 20; from the Portuguese minister in Ankara, giving the Turkish view that Germany is willing to make concessions to the U.K. and the U.S., on March 22; and from the Portuguese minister in Budapest, reporting the situation in Hungary, that the Gestapo is carrying out political persecution, and a rumour of assassinations of the Italian charg� and military attach�, on March 23.

Keywords

German army, troop movements, occupied Italy, defeatism, casualties, Battle of Monte Cassino, effects of bombing, railways, diplomatic intelligence, peace proposals, Finnish foreign policy, Hungarian foreign policy, Axis strategy

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