Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1380
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, North America, South Asia
Countries Afghanistan, Burma, England, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United States of America
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Erwin Rommel, Josef Stalin


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: a German Air Force (GAF) situation report for February 17, noting an Axis spearhead is north of Gafsa; and that Allied aircraft are still at Thelepte airfield; that Axis forces are battling for Sbeitla, on February 17; that the Africa Corps is to hold the position it has reached in southern Tunisia; that the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) at Tunis considers a further thrust on Tebessa to be necessary, on February 17; that Rommel despatches a parachute regiment to Gabes for the Eastern Front; that Kesselring orders a recce to establish whether Allied reinforcements are being brought up to the Axis attacking front from the Bone - Pichon line, on February 17; a Tunis Air Corps situation report for February 17, stating that Sbeitla and 1500 prisoners were captured; and describing extensive GAF air operations being planned for February 18 in support of the Africa Corps and the Panzer Army; of the GAF's flight schedules for February 18, including attacks against Allied targets in northern Tunisia and airfield and harbour protection at Tunis and Bizerta where important Axis unloading is in progress; of the 21st Panzer Division's thrust against Sbeitla, on February 17, with GAF air support being requested; that the GAF 10th Air Corps considered an attack on Benghazi on February 17 a complete success in surprise and effect; that the AOC at Tunis considers a further Axis advance to be possible without inviting risk, on February 17; that the Allies are withdrawing and the Axis could capture another forward deployment base; that the AOC at Tunis informed the 21st Panzer Division that Sbeitla and Feriana were in danger of an Allied air attack, and also requested that a U.S. bomber bomb-sight be obtained, on February 17; and that a German battle group is to advance from Sbeitla to Kasserine, on February 18; Naval Headlines; and from the Japanese ambassador in Bangkok, a summary of February 9 from the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the current war situation and attempts by the Allies to drive a wedge between Germany and Japan; on the Soviet and Chinese absence from Allied talks in Casablanca; and on the situation in India.


aerial reconnaissance, troop movements, German army, Italian army, military situation reports, invasion of French North Africa, German strategy, Allied powers, military dispositions, prisoners of war, operations planning, German air force, aerial attacks, ports, captured equipment, technology, United States Army Air Force, naval intelligence, Battle of the Atlantic, German U-boats, convoys, shipping losses, diplomatic intelligence, rumours, peace proposals, Battle of the Kasserine Pass

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