Document Title Government Code and Cypher School: Signals Intelligence Passed to the Prime Minister, Messages and Correspondence
Reference HW 1/3321
Conflicts Second World War
Themes Military Intelligence and Operations, Foreign Policy and International Relations
Regions Atlantic, East Asia, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, South Asia
Countries Burma, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine
Document Type Signals Intelligence
Organisations Abwehr, Security Service, Government Code and Cypher School
People Edward Bridges, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin


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: of measures laid down by Goering on November 10 for the prevention of desertion in the German Air Force (GAF); and extracts of a circular from the Chief of Naval Command for the West giving details of the Volkssturm organisation, on November 2; on South-east Europe: of figures of air transport performance during September and October in Greece and the islands, on November 8; on Western Europe: of nervousness at St Nazaire over unconfirmed reports of big reinforcements, including tanks, at Nantes by the Allies, on November 8; on the total strengths on the Channel Islands, as at November 7; Hut 3 signals to the Code and Cypher School (CSS) that the Chief of Naval Command for the West reports that the [Chief] of the Armed Forces has agreed to the confiscation of all stocks of the civil population and to putting them on the minimum standard required to support their existence, on November 8; on the Russian Front: of orders by the 4th Air Fleet to restrict air operations to a minimum owing to the acute fuel situation, on November 10; Naval Headlines, for November 13, including the Tirpitz being bombed and subsequently sunk by RAF Lancasters during the morning of November 12; Naval Headlines; from the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo, on Japanese interest in Stalin's recent reference to Japan, on November 8; and from the Japanese ambassador in Moscow on Stalin's speech, on November 7; from the Foreign Minister in Tokyo, describing Japanese plans for operations in the Philippines, on November 11; and an extract from a Naval Headlines report with the Prime Minister's (PM's) query and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff's (CIGS's) response with a map, on November 10.


German air force, military discipline, deserters, evacuation, occupied Greece, aircraft, ports, encirclement, occupied France, predicting enemy intentions, military shortages, fuel, manpower, German army, occupied Channel Islands, military organisation, Home Guard, food supplies, naval intelligence, German navy, shipping losses, aerial attacks on ships, Royal Air Force, casualties, Pacific War, Japanese navy, troop movements, Japanese-occupied territory, transportation, shipping, convoys, air raids, invasion of the Philippines, public statements, Soviet government, Soviet-Japanese relations, contingency planning, fortifications, German strategy, occupied Italy

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