3302

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3302
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, South Asia
Countries Brunei, England, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Persia, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, Soviet Union
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, 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: a 67th Army Corps report for October 30, stating that Rosendaal and Oosterhout are in Allied hands; that the 88th Corps is to withdraw to north of the Maas while holding bridgeheads south of the river; that a road bridge at Moerdijk was undamaged in an air raid but a rail bridge was hit; and that a rail bridge at Zaltbommel was destroyed by artillery fire; on Southern Europe: of the 34th Infantry Division's withdrawal; that the 356th Infantry Division blocked a small Allied penetration after violent fighting; and on the readjustment of Corps' boundaries on the Adriatic coast; Naval Headlines, covering that Hitler's HQ assess Soviet operations in the northern area are aimed at a break through towards Narvik, and infer a possible Allied attempt to forestall this by sea and air landings in the Narvik area; Vardoe being evacuated and that its installations are to be destroyed; Army H Group's intention to evacuate the south Scheldt bridgehead if that is still possible; installations at Flushing being destroyed but its fishing harbour still being intact; that two Japanese submarines are to operate in the Bay of Bengal; that the Japanese report a large Allied surface force is off the east coast of Luzon, and expect further landings in the area; and that a Japanese hospital ship is due in Brunei to take on casualties; from the Japanese minister in Stockholm, an agent's report on U.K.-U.S. relations with the Soviet Union, and the Allies' policies on Poland, Finland, the Baltic States, Persia and China, on October 19; and on the Japanese attitude towards the new Szalasy regime in Hungary, on October 24; and from the Irish charg?n Berlin, regarding the German internal situation, on October 28.

Keywords

troop movements, Allied powers, Western Front, occupied Netherlands, German withdrawal, aerial attacks, bombing, railways, Italian Campaign, military situation reports, naval intelligence, hospital ships, operations planning, German U-boats, Pacific War, invasion of the Philippines, shipping losses, diplomatic intelligence, Soviet foreign policy, Soviet satellite states, post-war planning, politics, Axis powers, propaganda, forced labour

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