2998

File Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2998
Date 24 June 1944
Government Department Government Code and Cypher School
File Accession Date 1993

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: von Schlieben's battle reports for Cherbourg for June 23/24, covering the harbour being destroyed on the 23rd, and the main defence line being broken on the 24th when the fall of Cherbourg was imminent, 10 days later than the Allies had planned its capture, and making another complaint about the poor standard of his troops who were no longer capable of battle; 2 more battle reports from von Schlieben earlier on June 24; of arrangements being made on June 23 for Cherbourg to be reinforced during the night of June 23/24 by an airborne landing of one regiment and the arrival by sea of a grenadier regiment; a reply from von Schlieben giving the site for the paradrop and discussing the feasibility of troop reinforcement by sea; of the 7th Army's intentions for units of the 84th Army Corps and the 2nd Parachute Corps as at June 22; of the first evidence that a battle group of the 266th Division from the north Breton coast was operating against the Allies south of the Cherbourg Peninsula; on Allied losses in Normandy by June 20 according to a German report of June 22; and a situation report for France, including troop movements, for June 17, containing evidence that elements of the 2nd SS Panzer Corps and the 9th SS Panzer Division, both of which were transferred to the Russian Front in March, were arriving in France via the railway station at Nancy; on Southern Europe: that the 162nd Division, near the Italian west coast south-west of Siena, was doubtful on June 23 whether it could hold the line for long in view of its very exhausted state; Naval Headlines, including a detailed report on the German evacuation of Cherbourg and the destruction of the port facilities there on June 22-24; and a summary of U-boat operations in the Channel; from the Japanese Foreign Minister in Tokyo, a report of June 16 to all Japanese embassies and political representatives abroad giving the propaganda line to be followed on a U.S. air raid on Japan from China on June 16; a report of June 17 sent to the Japanese ambassador in Moscow on a party given by the Foreign Minister for the Soviet ambassador to Japan who was returning home for up to 3 months, relating much discussion on the state of Soviet/Japanese relations; from the Japanese ambassador in Vichy, a report of June 20 on information gained from German sources on aspects of the Normandy landings; from the Portuguese charg� in London, a report of June 21 on the results of V-1 attacks against London; from the Portuguese minister in Ankara, a report of June 21 on talks with the Spanish minister who had recounted discussions he had had with the German ambassador in Ankara, regarding German fears of the occupation of Turkey by the Allies; from the Romanian minister in Berlin, a report of June 21 on Allied retaliatory attacks against Berlin that day for the V-1 attacks against London; from the Brazilian minister in Berne, a report of June 16 on Swiss contingency measures following the presence of German divisions near the Swiss frontier and the movement of German deserters into Switzerland; from the Chilean ambassador in London, a report of June 20 on the results of V-1 attacks against London; from the Brazilian ambassador in London, a report of June 20 on the results of V-1 attacks against London; from the Dominican minister in London, a report of June 21 on the German V-1 attacks; from the Spanish minister in London, a report of June 20 on the results of V-1 attacks; and from the Turkish military attach� in Madrid, a report of June 20 quoting information from a German source on Germany's future tactics in the war and the strength of Allied divisions in the U.K. and the Mediterranean area.

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