3159

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3159
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions East Asia, Europe, South Asia
Countries France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini

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 France: on the intentions of the 9th SS Division for August 8; a situation report for August 7, detailing local offensive operations in the area from Caen - Vire; and on the situation in the St Malo area, noting orders from Hitler for St Malo to be held as long as a man and a weapon remain, with a Penal Court to be set up to discourage the inhabitants from revolt, and with Ost troops to be given a free hand in suppression and counter-terror operations here and in Brittany; that DiploFrance in Algiers was notified of Churchill's latest declarations on the subject of France, on August 3; from the Japanese ambassador in Venice, describing Mussolini's recent visit to Germany, his inspection of Italian Divisions under training, the effects of the bomb incident, and the use of 650,000 Italian troops interned in Germany, on July 31; from the Japanese minister in Madrid, relaying a conversation with the Spanish Foreign Minister on rumoured peace negotiations involving the Vatican, the progress of the war in Europe and in the Far East, and the effects of the assassination attempt on Hitler, on August 3; from the Turkish ambassador in Tokyo, on the fall of the Japanese government, and internal dissension, on August 3; and a directive from Berlin to the military attach�s in Tokyo, Bangkok, Lisbon and Berne on the situation on the Eastern Front, on August 4.

Keywords

German strategy, defence, military dispositions, Battle of Normandy, military situation reports, military objectives, railways, ports, demolitions, military discipline, diplomatic intelligence, Anglo-French relations, Italian government, Italian Campaign, Nazi sympathisers, rumours, peace proposals, public opinion, Japanese war effort, defeatism

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