Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1188
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, Europe, Latin America, Mediterranean
Countries Algeria, Argentina, Cape Verde, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Trinidad, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Erwin Rommel


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: that Tunisian airfields were attacked on December 1 and 2, reported on December 3; that Kesselring orders the annihilation of the Allies at Tebourba as it is the key position, on December 3; the German naval HQ in Rome reports on the fighting in Tunisia, on December 3; ceaseless Allied attacks are reported on the Sfax area for December 3; a report for December 2 covering Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco and including estimates of the Allied strength and order of battle, on December 4; that Hitler instructs that the 20th Flak Division in Tunis is to send 8.8 cm guns via Tripoli to the Panzer Army, on December 3; of a grave shortage of aviation fuel in Libya as a result of ships being sunk, on December 3; a German account of Axis losses during a British naval attack on a convoy on December 1-2, reported on December 3; from the Egyptian charg� in Madrid on Spanish, Portuguese and Argentinian plans for mediation, on December 1; from the Japanese minister in Berne, giving Swiss views on the German campaign in Russia, on November 28; from the Portuguese minister in Berlin on the war situation, as of December 1; from the Portuguese minister in Ankara on a forthcoming meeting between Franco and Salazar, on December 2; from the Brazilian minister in Berne, about Italian disorganisation, on December 2; from the Turkish minister in Budapest, on the effect of British air raids on Italy, as of December 1; from the Turkish minister in Stockholm, on Italian morale on December 1; and Naval Headlines for December 3.


aerial attacks, airfields, United States Army Air Force, invasion of French North Africa, Operation Torch, casualties, aircraft, military situation reports, assessing enemy strength, artillery, transportation, military shortages, fuel, shipping losses, convoys, adverse weather conditions, German U-boats, diplomatic intelligence, rumours, peace proposals, Axis strategy, invasion of the Soviet Union, defeatism, effects of bombing, air raids, Royal Air Force, naval intelligence

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