Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1446
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Africa, Europe, Mediterranean
Countries Finland, Italy, Sardinia, Sicily, Tunisia
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Comando Supremo, Government Code and Cypher School
People Hermann Göring, 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: the Italian 1st Army reports heavy British movements and severe losses on March 6-7; that the German Air Force (GAF) at Tunis expect an enemy attack in the next few days, from March 9; that Rommel disapproves of the reorganisation of the supply arrangements, on March 5; that Italian 1st Army attacks were defeated by the weight of the Allied artillery, on March 6; a list of the reinforcements to be shipped to Army Group Africa, on March 5; of the serviceable tanks available to Army Group Africa, on March 5; and of the tasks for the German Navy in Africa, on March 7; on the Mediterranean: that the GAF in Sardinia is to prepare for hard fighting against heavy naval forces, on March 8; that GAF Sardinia is to prepare for defences against an Allied seaborne assault including providing facilities for reinforcements from GAF Tunis, on March 9; of arrangements for GAF action against an Allied convoy, on March 9; that GAF unit I/JG53 at Bizerta has been placed at readiness to move to Sardinia, on March 9; that GAF unit II/Stuka3 has been placed at readiness to move from Tunisia to Sardinia, on March 9; and that GAF Sardinia is to attack Allied convoys on March 10; on Greece: that GAF bombers attacked partisans on Olympus, on March 5; on the Russian Front: that the Germans are advancing towards Kharkov, while elsewhere defending or withdrawing, on March 9; and on the Central Russian Front: the GAF report a Soviet build-up opposite the 2nd Panzer Army, on March 9.


British army, troop movements, German army, Italian army, casualties, predicting enemy intentions, military operations, military organisation, military commanders, incompetence, artillery, military situation reports, military dispositions, military strength, tanks, coastal defence, invasion threat, invasion of Italy, German air force, aircraft, German deployments, operations planning, aerial attacks on ships, convoys, aerial attacks, partisans, occupied Greece, German withdrawal, Eastern Front, aerial reconnaissance, Red Army

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