2777

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2777
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Albania, France, Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Secret Intelligence Service, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, 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: Kesselring reports an exceedingly strained manpower situation, on May 7; and that the extremely strained transport situation in Italy requires that trains from Germany shall no longer need breaking up on arrival in Italy, on May 3; on Western Europe: of a German Air Force (GAF) aerodrome and seaplane station at Brest being totally destroyed in an Allied air raid on May 8; that a naval anti-invasion exercise was carried out on May 8 and 9 in the Pas de Calais area; and three reports on Allied air raid damage on May 8 and 9; on South-east Europe: that an important bridge over the River Save at Belgrade was closed for about 10 weeks from April 10; that German civil servants in the Wiesbaden area are considered indispensable owing to the planned large-scale shifting of industry, on May 4; and that SS HQ in Munich referred to catastrophic rail communications owing to continuous air raids, on April 21; Naval Headlines; from Garreau, of the French delegation in Moscow, on the Soviet Union and the French Committee of National Liberation, on March 25; and from the Japanese military attach� in Budapest, passing on a statement by the Hungarian Chief of General Staff, on May 10.

Keywords

Hungarian foreign policy, German army, manpower, Italian Campaign, military shortages, transportation, effects of bombing, air raids, German air force, airfields, German navy, military exercises, occupied France, invasion threat, supply problems, German war effort, industry, railways, communications disruption, naval intelligence, warships, convoys, patrols, German U-boats, intelligence requirements, Japanese navy, Pacific War, diplomatic intelligence, French foreign policy, post-war planning, Soviet foreign policy

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