Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1092
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Balearic Islands, Crete, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler


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 North Africa: the Germans report that Bizerta harbour is only accessible by day, from November 12; on alternatives to Benghazi for unloading German fuel, on November 12; a German report from Spanish Morocco of the arrival of German military and consular personnel, on November 12; of Spanish information on Moroccan sympathy for Germany, on November 12; that the German Air Force (GAF) calls for an airlift of aviation fuel to Derna and Martuba, on November 12; a German Navy appreciation of the harbour facilities at Bizerta, on November 12, with troops having disembarked there; that the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) in Chief South set up a German naval HQ in Tunisia, on November 12; that Kesselring seeks the minimum requirements for holding the current position at El Agheila, on November 12; a reply from GAF Africa estimates the forces available and the requirements for fuel and ammunition, on November 12; that the 15th Panzer Division is north of El Adem and to move west on November 12; that the German authorities at Tripoli are to supply a new army base at Arco, on November 12; that all GAF Ju's in Crete and Greece are to fly fuel to Derna, and two groups of Ju52s are to stay in Africa to evacuate Benghazi, on November 13; that German forces are to requisition all motor transport and fuel in Tunis and form flying columns; that German forces in Tunis are to prevent the French from destroying coastal guns and ammunition, on November 12; that the Germans in Tunis are to retain a naval artillery crew to man coastal guns, on November 12; of the intentions of the GAF battle unit in Tunis for November 13; of the intended delivery of German artillery units to Tunis, on November 12; that GAF Tunis seeks guards and anti-aircraft (AA) measures for a second airfield, on November 11; that the AOC in Chief South says the most important task is the protection of airfields and the harbours of Tunis and Bizerta, on November 12; that German signals personnel are to take over the Tunis broadcasting station, on November 12; that German forces are intended for Tunis or Bizerta on November 13 or 15; on North Africa: that personnel, equipment and supplies for a GAF battle unit at Tunis are in transit, on November 12; of a constant screen by GAF fighters over the Panzer Army, which will hold its present position, on November 12; Italian HQ reports that British armoured cars are at Antelat, on November 12; and a CX report on the Tunis situation, on November 12; on Crete: that the AOC in C South is warning of a possible attack by an Allied convoy, on November 11; on France: on the German abwehr in [Limoges], on November 12; of German military arrangements in the Bordeaux area, as of November 9; and that French units are at sea off the south coast of France, on November 12; on the Southern Russian Front: a German ground forces report for November 12; and that the Commander in Chief (C-in-C) of the GAF is unable to supply the 4th Air Fleet with motor transport fuel as it is not available, on November 11; and on the Mediterranean: an AOC in Chief South report for November 11, covering Allied landings at Bougie, Oran and Algiers, and the possibility of landings in the eastern Mediterranean.


shipping, ports, Desert War, military supplies, German foreign policy, colonial independence movements, military situation reports, German army, Eastern Front, defence, military shortages, fuel, military strength, German air force, German strategy, troop movements, tanks, military bases, transportation, aircraft, predicting enemy intentions, contingency planning, amphibious operations, demolitions, French armed forces, operations planning, Operation Torch, invasion of French North Africa, broadcast services, equipment, British army, patrols

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