Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3192
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Propaganda, Censorship and Psychological Warfare
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Crete, France, Philippines, Singapore
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Chiefs of Staff, Government Code and Cypher School
People Adolf Hitler


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: that units of the German Air Force (GAF) 2nd Fighter Corps are to move to eight assigned airfields behind a line from Dunkirk - Charleville and running roughly along the Franco-Belgian frontier, in the face of Allied advances, on August 29; that the 49th Division of the 1st SS Panzer Corps opposite the Allied Vernon bridgehead requests permission to retreat, having no reserves and being short of ammunition, on August 28; of details of an Allied thrust in the areas of Chateau Thierry and Soissons, on August 28; battle reports from the 4th GAF Corps and the 85th Corps withdrawing up the Rhone Valley to Lyons, on August 27; of severe German losses south of Grenoble, on August 23; the 64th Army Corps' report for August 26, which contains a detailed breakdown of over 90,000 Germans fleeing from south-west France, mainly on foot; and a propaganda directive to the German troops in France, on August 21, that the French campaign is not similar to the German defeat of 1918, and that the German will to fight lives on; on Eastern Europe: that SS HQ informs the 3rd SS Panzer Corps, the 6th SS Volunteer Army Corps and the Waffen Mountain SS Division that Hitler had visited East Prussia and guaranteed its safety, there being no cause for concern, on August 23; and Naval Headlines.


military dispositions, German air force, troop movements, Western Front, manpower reductions, German army, casualties, captured settlements, military objectives, Allied powers, German withdrawal, evacuation, German propaganda, Eastern Front, German strategy, defence, Home Front, naval intelligence, German U-boats, shipping losses, German navy, operations planning, naval operations, Pacific War, Japanese navy, aircraft carriers, Japanese strategy

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