Catalogue description Southern Europe: battle reports from Italian Front for May 26, Allies continue to...

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Details of HW 1/2843
Reference: HW 1/2843

Southern Europe: battle reports from Italian Front for May 26, Allies continue to advance; 362nd Division to withdraw late on May 26; 6 more battle reports from Italian Front reflecting further German withdrawals in face of strong Allied pressure, May 26; withdrawal details for 5 German units on Italian Front during night of Mar 25/26; 362nd Division reports deep Allied penetrations to south-eastern edge of Alban Hills, May 25; considerable damage caused during Allied air raids against various targets in Italy, May 25; results of Allied air attacks against airfield at Bihaac in Yugoslavia, May 25.

Western Europe: C-in-C West requests additional signals personnel in view of increased depth of defences in west and damage to communications caused by Allied air raids, May 17; C-in-C West asks Berlin for release of 125 prisoners of war suitable to become instructors in locomotive repair service as locomotive situation very serious because of persistent Allied air attacks, May 10 GAF HQ Berlin general instructions: order of May 25 reflecting the general shortage of aircraft mechanics and trawling for suitable new recruits for training; all GAF personnel to do 12 hours a week overtime to prepare auxiliary airfields required for subsequent unit dispersals in face of increasing Allied air attacks on permanent GAF airfields, May 25.

Japanese ambassador, Berlin: attended reception given by Schmidt, head of German Press Bureau and who had personal confidence of both Hitler and Ribbentrop, summary of Goebbels' propaganda policy, policy on Jews who were the nations' internal parasites and as such would be relentlessly eliminated by Germany, apart from Jews, irrespective of race or people, all should be afforded the blessings of life, views on where second front would start, with Churchill at helm, who had forced the operations in Gallipoli, the Germans could not rule out a similar reckless venture such as second front starting in Sweden, Soviet pressure to participate in invasion of Norway resisted by UK but agreed to by Roosevelt, May 20.

Date: 1944 May 27
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: c/6615
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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