File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2875
Date 2 June 1944
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993


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 3rd Panzer Grenadier Division retreats and suffers heavy losses in the face of an Allied major attack, on June 1; that the 29th Panzer Grenadier Division is to withdraw to the Olevano area, on June 2; that the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for the Southwest decides to bring down the 92nd Division from its coastal defence duties in the Civita Vecchia area to the main Italian Front where the situation is regarded as critical, and since no other division was yet available to defend the Civita Vecchia area until an exhausted unit could be withdrawn from the main front, Kesselring asks Himmler for permission to move the SS Panzer Lehr Regiment temporarily into the coastal area, with assurances it would not be employed on the main front; a 2nd Air Fleet report for June 1, counting over 700 Allied sorties over Italy but only 8 German Air Force (GAF) flights, and stating that there were no GAF fighters in reaction because all the units had been transferred to northern Italy; and of the probable reinforcement of northern Italy by at least 3 divisions, on May 28; Naval Headlines; from the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, a report of May 27 to all German embassies abroad on a lead by Goebbels recommending that in future all captured Allied airmen should not be given any protection against physical violence from the German civilian population, because terror raids by the Allied air forces were outside the known rules of international warfare and the airmen had forfeited their right to protection; and from the Portuguese charg� in Berlin, a report of May 25 on the feelings in Germany towards the anticipated Allied landings which would represent the start of a second front - that the German population was eager for the operations to start as they viewed them as representing the start of the final decisive phase of the war.

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