3056

Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3056
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations
Regions Africa, Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Pacific, South Asia
Countries Australia, Ceylon, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, India, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Somaliland
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Adolf Hitler, Joachim von Ribbentrop

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: the 2nd SS Panzer Division reports on July 10 that its withdrawal from the front and formation into battle groups in the Periers area would be decisive in preventing an Allied break-through in the Northern Front of the 84th Corps; Naval Headlines; and the Southern Department's report number 227 of July 10 on conclusions reached by the Japanese diplomatic and military missions in Berlin, that Germany is unlikely to hold out for more than another 12 months, that there is no possibility of a separate German/Soviet peace accord at present, that the success of the Allied landings in Normandy had been very detrimental to German prestige in Japanese official circles, and that the Germans had considered their coastal fortifications in France impregnable.

Keywords

German army, defence, Battle of Normandy, Operation Overlord, ad hoc units, German withdrawal, naval intelligence, German strategy, Western Front, German U-boats, submarines, Italian navy, captured equipment, Japanese navy, shipping losses, Pacific War, German-Japanese relations, intelligence reports, German war effort

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