1945

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/1945
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, South Asia
Countries Burma, France, Germany, India, Italy, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sicily, Spain, Sweden
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Pierre Laval

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: from Brigadier Hollis for the Prime Minister (PM); on South Europe: that German commanders in Genoa and Leghorn are to be alert for Allied landings, on August 16; that the 16th Panzer Division arrived in a new operational area, at Eboli, on August 16; a 14th Panzer Corps report on Sicily and the Messina Straits, on August 16; that a German Air Force (GAF) fighter unit was congratulated on the use of mortars against Liberators, on August 16; on German interest in the readiness of German and Italian ships to sail from Italian ports, from August 9-15; from the French charg� in Tokyo, noting Japanese despondency, on August 4; and from the Japanese ambassador in Vichy, on the French political situation, as of August 6.

Keywords

diplomatic intelligence, German war effort, industry, weapons production, Vichy regime, French government, military organisation, German army, defence, invasion threat, invasion of Italy, anti-aircraft defence, Home Front, military dispositions, German air force, Eastern Front, evacuation, airfields

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