Official: Prime Minister: Intelligence Reports.

Reference code: CHAR 20/91A-B

Part of: CHAR 20
Next record: CHAR 20/92
Previous record: CHAR 20/90

Date: 06 Aug 1942 - 21 Nov 1942

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Telegrams and minutes relating to intelligence on German and Italian forces in North Africa.

Contents originally removed on grounds of national security and deposited in Cabinet Office on 30 Jul 1963, but returned to file in February 2000.

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Physical: 2 files, 1 bound (22 folios)
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CHAR 20/91A/1 Note indicating that the original contents of this file were formerly removed on the authority of the Trustees of the Chartwell Trust on the grounds of national security and were deposited in the Cabinet Office. 30 Jul 1963
CHAR 20/91B/13 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a German situation report for the day, including bomber attacks in the Alamein area [Egypt], information on a Long Range Desert Group unit on the northern edge of the Qattara depression, and German and Italian serviceable tank strengths. 07 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/91B/14-17 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a German report on German and Italian supply routes, details of goods already transported, supply difficulties arising from shipping losses and local conditions, congestion in the harbours, and the priority given to troop movements, and an earlier enquiry into the proportion of supplies between German and Italian forces, and different sectors of the German forces. 06 [Aug] 1942 - 07 [Aug] 1942
CHAR 20/91B/18 Envelope for [CHAR 20/91B/19 - 22], marked for "C" [General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] on the circulation of "Boniface" [codename for Enigma decrypts]. 21 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/91B/19-20 Minute from [WSC] to "C" [General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6] on reducing the circulation of "Boniface" [codename for Enigma decrypts] in Britain, the Middle East and "Torch" [codename for the Allied invasion of North West Africa] Headquarters, to a new restricted circle, and also to the present circle, which would be gradually phased out. [WSC] also asks that Field Marshal Jan Smuts [Prime Minister of South Africa] should be kept fully informed with a series of telegrams direct from [WSC], codenamed "Winch". Carbon copy. Additional copy at CHAR 20/91B/21 - 22. 21 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/91B/2 Note recording the return of the original contents of this file from the Cabinet Office. 18 Feb 2000
CHAR 20/91B/21-22 Copy of CHAR 20/91B/19 - 20. Carbon copy. 21 Nov 1942
CHAR 20/91B/3 File cover for items originally removed by the Cabinet Office. [1963]
CHAR 20/91B/4 Internal file cover for CHAR 20/91A - B. [1963]
CHAR 20/91B/5 Envelope marked "Special 'C' telegrams" ["C", General Sir Stewart Menzies, Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6]. 1942
CHAR 20/91B/6-7 Telegram from the Air Ministry to Commander-in-Chief Middle East [General Sir Harold Alexander], marked "Most Immediate", passing on a message from "Boniface" [codename for Enigma decrypts] on subjects including: the numbers of serviceable tanks possessed by the German and Italian forces; Italian infantry and artillery losses and reinforcements since the beginning of July; the German belief in an operation to convey supplies to Malta, and various supporting operations; a search by the German Air Force for an aircraft carrier formation; German High Command's desire to allot shipping space equally with Italy; the shortage of anti-tank guns in the 164th infantry division, and their inevitable losses in the face of superior British forces; German requests for further protection for coastal shipping; support for an Italian operation; insistence on the continued use of Mersa Matruh [Egypt] as a supply harbour. 06 Aug 1942
CHAR 20/91B/8-12 Copy of a telegram from [?] Captain R F Gore Browne forwarded to Commodore Horace Norman, Brigadier Francis de Guingand [Chief of Staff to 8th Army], Group Captain A J Rankin and Director CBME, giving [an Enigma decrypt] of a report on the battle strength of the German Army in North Africa by divisions, showing personnel, tank strengths, guns and transports, with the same information also given in an attached table (originally separated and given to Lieutenant-General Sir Wilfrid Lindsell [in charge of Administration in the Middle East]). 06 Aug 1942