2774

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2774
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, South Asia
Countries Corsica, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Russia, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Secret Intelligence Service, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Guy Liddell

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: the 10th Army's Chief Quartermaster's (QM's) report for May 7; the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for the South-west's report for May 8, including that the 44th Division's HQ is moving from north to south of Cassino; and of lively motor transport traffic thought possibly to be indicative of Allied re-inforcement in the Italian west coast sector, on May 9; on Western Europe: that a Hermann Goering unit is to be transferred from Italy to Utrecht and armed with tanks; and that the Parachute Army has been confirmed as being at Nancy, on May 7; three reports of damage caused by Allied air raids, on May 9; of an aircraft engine factory at Le Mans being totally destroyed in an Allied air raid on May 7; that Berlin refuses the 3rd Air Fleet's application for setting up further German Air Force (GAF) ground stations on account of the personnel situation, on May 9; that a long-range bomber unit thought to have been training with radio-controlled bombs in the Baltic, is to transfer to Orleans on May 11, reported on May 6; and that the 9th Air Corps' request for an increase in the establishment of the crews of its bomber staff could not be granted, on May 9; on South-east Europe: of Allied air raid damage to Turnu Severin on May 6; Naval Headlines; an ULTRA report on the Japanese military attach� in Vichy, passing on the German view on the use of poison gas, on May 6; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, forwarding remarks of his usual contact on the prospects of a second front, on May 6; and from M. Garreau in Moscow, noting Soviet criticism of the operations in Italy, from March 17.

Keywords

military dispositions, German army, occupied France, military shortages, tanks, effects of bombing, air raids, Allied powers, factories, railways, personnel, German air force, manpower reductions, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, torpedo boats, German U-boats, tactics, contingency planning, treachery, Japanese navy, shipping losses, supply problems, oil, diplomatic intelligence, invasion threat, second front, predicting enemy intentions, Vichy regime, chemical warfare, poison gas, reprisals, German withdrawal, Battle of Monte Cassino

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