3017

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3017
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Europe
Countries Italy
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Not Defined

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 France: the 1st SS Panzer Corps reports a German counter-attack on both sides of the Caen-Villers Bocage roads is making progress, on June 28; on the Panzer Lehr Division's front line, as of June 28; the 1st Panzer Corps reports a blocking front has been established north of Gavrus, and that an Allied attack west of Orne in three divisions pushed forward but is coming under a German counter-attack by the 1st SS Panzer Corps; and a report from the Naval Officer In Command (NOIC) at Cherbourg on June 28, stating the central mole is still in German hands; on Italy: on the divisional boundaries and main defence lines on June 27 of the 14th Corps and the 1st Parachute Corps, noting Allied pressure on the left wing is forcing the withdrawal of the main defence line; a report from Kesselring on the guerrilla situation, decribing considerable activity behind the German front lines along most of the front, and in the Turin-Milan area, on June 25; and that an area of approximately 30 miles' radius round Arezzo is considered by the 15th Panzer Grenadier Division to be guerrilla territory, as at June 28.

Keywords

counter-attacks, German army, military situation reports, Battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord, military dispositions, British army, tanks, United States Army, ports, Italian Campaign, German withdrawal, guerrilla warfare, anti-Nazi resistance, occupied Italy

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