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Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3141
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Weapons Technology and Nuclear Warfare
Regions Europe
Countries France, Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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: a German Air Force (GAF) situation report in the Rennes area, for August 2; an 84th Corps situation report, for August 2; of orders on August 1 that if St Malo was taken then the German convoy office is to retire to the north-west in order to supply the Channel Islands from there; on the intentions of the 2nd SS Panzer Division, on August 2; of the sector of the 12th SS Panzer Division being widened, on August 2; a 326th Infantry Division situation report, for August 2; a 2nd SS Panzer Corps situation report, for August 1; an 84th Corps situation report, for August 2; three reports on the Normandy area, for August 2; a situation report in the St Malo area, for August 2; of the first identification of remote-controlled tanks in the Normandy front, on July 28; and that a further withdrawal is intended by the 715th Division, on August 2; on Southern Europe: of the 356th Division withdrawing, on August 2; and of a heavy Allied attack on Genoa harbour, on August 2.

Keywords

military situation reports, Battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord, military dispositions, German army, defence, Allied powers, troop movements, tanks, evacuation, German navy, personnel, naval bases, German withdrawal, breakthroughs, predicting enemy intentions, secret weapons, technology, Italian Campaign, effects of bombing, air raids, ports, occupied Italy

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