3422

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3422
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Europe
Countries Denmark, Norway
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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: on the intentions for the 21st Panzer Division and the 25th Panzer Grenadier Division for January 9, dated January 8; that a German withdrawal to shorten the front is intended during the night of January 8; of an appreciation by the Germans that an Allied attack in Army Group H is not to be expected as substantial parts of the attacking forces have been transported to Army Group B's front, on January 7; of the line in front of the 89th Corps being more strongly occupied and prepared than previously expected by the Germans, on January 8; of the 7th Army's intentions, on January 8; that advanced elements of the 2nd SS Mountain Division are moving from northern Norway to the Western Front, and are in Denmark, on January 5; and that the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) West appreciated from prisoners' statements that a large-scale Allied air landing was to have taken place in early December in the Cologne area, on January 2.

Keywords

German army, military situation reports, military operations, Western Front, German withdrawal, Battle of the Bulge, assessing enemy strength, military dispositions, Allied powers, fortifications, Maginot Line, troop movements, Nazi-occupied Europe, intelligence gathering, interrogation, prisoners of war, Allied strategy, operations planning, paratroopers, landing places

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