2995

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/2995
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Pacific
Countries Formosa, France, Great Britain, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Turkey
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School, Security Service
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler

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 on Western Europe: a report from von Schlieben's battle group at Cherbourg for the night of June 22/23, that the Allied forces had broken through just outside Cherbourg, and that the German forces were insufficient to oppose them, the Allied forces being much stronger than originally estimated; that von Schlieben calls for anti-tank ammunition to be brought by sea to Cherbourg as all the stores there were exhausted; and that the 1st SS Panzer Corps in the Caen area is expecting an Allied attack on the right flank, on June 22; Naval Headlines, covering German attempts to get military supplies into Cherbourg by U and E-boats, most of which were aborted because the garrison was about to capitulate; from the Saudi minister in London, a report of June 20 on the past 6 days of V-1 attacks on London - the ambassador considers that they will have no influence on the future course of the war; and from the Portuguese minister in Ankara, a report of June 21 on the resignation of the Turkish Foreign Minister, which signified a more pro-British stance by Turkey in future.

Keywords

military situation reports, United States Army, breakthroughs, Battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord, military shortages, supply problems, German army, predicting enemy intentions, British army, naval intelligence, German navy, warships, demolitions, ports, German U-boats, shipping losses, Pacific War, Japanese navy, convoys, food supplies, diplomatic intelligence, German war effort, secret weapons, Turkish neutrality

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