3744

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3744
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Pacific, South Asia
Countries China, England, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Nazi Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Principe, Russia, Singapore, Soviet Union, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Geheime Staatspolizei, International Red Cross, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Dwight Eisenhower, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Desmond Morton, 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 Germany: on armed forces operations staff being at Wismar, on April 29; of a transport priority from Army Group South to Army Group Centre, on April 29, to assist the establishment of contact with Hitler; that the 10th Parachute Division, the 2nd SS Panzer Division and the 9th SS Panzer Division are to be sent to Army Group Centre, on May 1; and that Army Group Centre is to launch an attack towards Berlin from the southeast on May 1; on East Europe: on a civilian revolt in Breslau, on April 27, and the possibility of a break out by the garrison; that the Commander in Chief (C in C) for the Southeast states in connection with a subordination to Kesselring that uninformed staff can only cause difficulties, on April 28; on South Europe: that the situation on the Italian Front is worsening hourly, on April 28; Naval Headlines; on Germany: an SS commander in the south reports to Himmler on measures at Dachau, on May 1; that an SS officer asks Himmler if he is to continue to ensure the safety of Goering, on April 30; that the C-in-C of Naval Command for the West seeks clarification on Hitler and Goering, on May 1; and on guidance from Himmler, on April 26; on Czechoslovakia: a report from Frank to Himmler on the internal situation, as of April 30; on West Europe: of successful negotiations with the Allies concerning getting food supplies to Dutch civilians, on May 1; from Rotterdam with Copenhagen, that Ribbentrop is in Ploen, on May 1; from the Japanese minister in Lisbon, on the Soviet Union building a sanitary cordon in Europe, on April 26; from the Japanese minister in Berne, making a suggestion that Japan seeks to avoid Germany's fate, on April 27; from the Chinese military mission in London, noting a changed British attitude to the Soviets, on April 27; and from the French ambassador in Berne with the Foreign Ministry in Paris, that the Swiss refuse asylum or transit to French collaborators, on April 27.

Keywords

military organisation, German army, transportation, German strategy, counter-attacks, Battle of Berlin, civil unrest, Home Front, military commanders, military situation reports, Italian Campaign, military strength, naval intelligence, rumours, subversion, German government, sabotage, anti-Nazi resistance, occupied Denmark, German U-boats, naval operations, Battle of the Atlantic, Pacific War, naval bombardment, Royal Navy, amphibious operations, collapse of Nazi Germany, surrender, diplomatic intelligence, Soviet foreign policy, public opinion, Anglo-Soviet relations, collaborators, Vichy regime

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