2988

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2988
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Weapons Technology and Nuclear Warfare, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Europe
Countries England, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Soviet Union, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Joachim von Ribbentrop, 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 includes the following reports on Western Europe: the Panzer Lehr Division's battle report for June 20, stating that the old defence line was re-taken in the Tilly area but with the use of its last reserves; Normandy Front combat reports for June 20 from the 2nd Parachute Corps; the 84th Corps; the 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division; and the 77th, 91st, 243rd, 275th, 353rd and 709th Infantry Divisions, covering the 709th Division withdrawing to Cherbourg; of the 21st Panzer Division in the Caen area losing half of its supplies through Allied air attacks, on June 21; that a German ammunition train was destroyed by an Allied air attack south of Poitiers, on June 16; that the Germans suspect the French of destroying ammunition stores in the Orleans area, on June 21; on the probable introduction of a German Air Force (GAF) state of emergency from June 15, with bomber training aircraft to be transferred to operational units; and that the Sea Rescue Services for the West have their fuel supplies cut by one third, from June 21; on Southern Europe: of the German transport situation for Italy as at June 19; and that the 34th Infantry Division, last identified on the Russian Front in March 1944, arrives in Italy on June 19; from the Japanese ambassador in Vichy, a report of June 19 on a visit to Berlin in early June by the French Director of Propaganda who had talks there with Ribbentrop and Goebbels, on the treatment of French labourers in Germany, and claiming that Stalin is intent on world domination and would not be satisfied with the overthrow of Germany; in a second message of June 19 the ambassador relates his recent discussions with Laval on the Soviet issue; from the Bulgarian minister in Berlin, a report of June 19 on the start of V-1 attacks against London, noting that German High Command also had an even more powerful weapon which would come into use later; and from the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, a general circular of June 17 to all German military attach�s abroad on the start of the V-1 attack programme against the U.K.

Keywords

military situation reports, Battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord, aerial attacks, supply problems, military shortages, railways, sabotage, anti-Nazi resistance, German air force, personnel, military organisation, fuel, German navy, military dispositions, Italian Campaign, diplomatic intelligence, German foreign policy, secret weapons

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