3342

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3342
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions East Asia, Europe, Pacific, South Asia
Countries Burma, China, Formosa, India, Japan, Philippines
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Foreign Office, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler

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 West Europe: that the 198th Infantry Division was pressed back, then that it thrusts through to the Swiss frontier, on November 22 and 23; battle reports, noting the withdrawal of the 4th German Air Force (GAF) Field Corps, on November 23; of the GAF 5th Fighter Division's orders for November 24, to provide crucial support for the army in the Hagenau-Strasbourg area; and of the 361st Division being located south of Saarburg, on November 23; on South Europe: on the difficulties of the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) for the Southwest, including casualties, strained artillery, and the need to defend Bologna, on November 18; on Germany: of a need to protect high-performance aircraft on factory airfields, on November 22; from the Japanese ambassador in Nanking, on peace feelers between Nanking and Chungking with Japanese cognisance, on October 18; on the prospects for peace between China and Japan, on October 31; and that the Japanese ambassador is to enquire as to ways of stiffening the nationalist government, on November 6, with a request from the Prime Minister (PM) to the Foreign Office; and a Foreign Office comment, from November 22.

Keywords

military situation reports, military shortages, artillery, casualties, Italian Campaign, air raid precautions, anti-aircraft defence, German air force, airfields, Allied powers, aerial attacks, strafing, German withdrawal, Western Front, military organisation, military commanders, troop movements, German army, diplomatic intelligence, Chinese Nationalists, Sino-Japanese War, Japanese foreign policy

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