3385

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3385
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, North America
Countries Belgium, China, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Indochina, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Joachim von Ribbentrop

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: of the German Sauer Front offensive being hindered by a lack of heavy weapons, on December 19; and that Volkssturm personnel are to be used as gunners on the West Wall, on December 13; Naval Headlines; from the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, relaying a German briefing on the Western and Eastern fronts, on December 14; from the Japanese minister in Berne, stating a German official's views on the German internal situation and the war, on December 16; and from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs to all stations, propaganda directives on Churchill's speech on post-war Europe, on December 16.

Keywords

military situation reports, German army, Battle of the Bulge, military shortages, artillery, prisoners of war, United States Army, casualties, troop movements, Home Guard, defence, Siegfried Line, naval intelligence, German U-boats, torpedo boats, evacuation, naval bases, shipping losses, submarines, diplomatic intelligence, informants, German air force, German strategy, Nazi leadership, German war effort, economic intelligence, health, political intelligence

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