1038

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1038
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Middle East
Countries Gibraltar, Libya
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Comando Supremo, Government Code and Cypher School
People Harold Alexander, Erwin Rommel

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: Naval Headlines 480, covering Mediterranean shipping; on North Africa: of the cargo of the Zara; that Rommel reports that the Panzer Army is exhausted, with no motor transport available for withdrawal, and that annihilation must be faced, on November 2; that Kesselring seeks an immediate appreciation on November 2; and that a German Air Force (GAF) staff has been formed to support the defence of line communications, on November 2.

Keywords

warships, Italian navy, military supplies, fuel, naval intelligence, shipping losses, aerial attacks on ships, Royal Navy, convoys, German withdrawal, Second Battle of El Alamein

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