3709

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3709
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Germany, Holland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Geheime Staatspolizei, 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 Western Europe: that the German Air Force (GAF) Western Command calls for volunteers for suicide squads to use training aircraft against important targets in the rear of the Allies' front line, on April 14; that Hitler gives boundaries for the new fortress in the Netherlands, on April 17; that Hitler orders forces to be withdrawn from the Ijssel line of the Netherlands' fortress to oppose an Allied push from Arnhem, on April 17; that German attempts to overcome the Georgian mutineers on Texel Island continue, on April 17; that Hitler orders the 11th Army to adopt the Russian tactics of 1942-44 and form self-contained battle groups to hit vulnerable targets behind enemy lines, on April 17; that the GAF are to consider the needs of the civilian population when attempting to deny the use of facilities to the Allies by destroying key installations before their withdrawal, on April 17; and that Hitler orders that the President of the Red Cross, the Duke of Coburg, must not be taken by the Allies, on April 8; Naval Headlines; from the French delegate in Stockholm, on a meeting of senior German officers on April 10 to discuss the possibilities of continuing operations in Norway, on April 16; from the German ambassador in Madrid, that the German consulates in Teneriffe and Las Palmas are to follow the lead of Madrid and destroy all their sensitive documents that are not required for daily working purposes, on April 17; from the Portuguese ambassador to the Vatican City, on Italian press reports of April 15 on peace feelers by Germany using the good services of Portugal; and that the German ambassador in Rome has no knowledge of this rumour and is critical of Hitler whom he considers should have started such peace moves a long time ago, on April 16.

Keywords

operations planning, aerial attacks, German air force, suicide attacks, German strategy, occupied Netherlands, fortifications, German withdrawal, military situation reports, mutiny, Soviet renegades, German army, counter-attacks, Western Front, tactics, civilians, demolitions, naval intelligence, military commanders, fuel, naval operations, effects of bombing, air raids, naval bases, shipping losses, diplomatic intelligence, occupation arrangements, occupied Norway, disposal of documents, rumours, surrender

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