Catalogue description 113-page detailed report on E operations at BP by William F Friedman, Director of Comms...

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Reference: HW 14/85

113-page detailed report on E operations at BP by William F Friedman, Director of Comms Research at SSA Washington following his detachment to BP Apr 25-June 13 1943, providing excellent picture of BP operations at this time; EWT to Ministry of Works andBuildings Aug 14 on new FO wireless station at Wincombe Lane Shaftesbury with list of requirements, station to be manned by PO personnel and equipped by Kenworthy of Knockholt, EWT to Director of GPO Aug 15 asking PO to proceed with work at new site; Newman of Machine Room to EWT on progress of exploitation of teleprinter tapes from Knockholt Aug 19; covering note from Col BE Wallace of 21 AG to EWT Aug 11 on his comments on letter from Gp Capt Winterbotham on preparations for Sigint support comms on future Western Front; DD (S) Serial Order No 108, HS Marchant appointed Deputy Head of Hut 3 Aug 12; WG Welchman of Hut 6 to EWT on future Bombe policy and development Aug 13; Lt Col Sayer to MI-8 quoting example of use of initiative by Y Station Officer Aug 13; BP liaison with AGD at Berkeley Street, elimination of diplomatic traffic delays, memo to AD (S) Aug 14; DDMI (Y) ME Col A Tozer to return to AFHQ from BP Aug 23; passing of Sigint by BP to Coastal Command, AD (S) to C with suggestions for new procedures Aug 12; Professor TSR Boase leaves post as Deputy Head AS to take charge of British Council's work in ME, replaced by Wing Cdr R Garrett Aug 15, congratulations from Wing Cdr JB Cottam, OC 329 Wing, to HAS on honour recently bestowed on him Aug 17; E intercept by Poles at Stanmore Aug 19 (attachments reported missing 2 May 2002); interception of Japanese military comms in UK, casual intercept from Sigint operator training courses at Newbold Revel Aug 19; liaison with Washington, EWT corresponds with UK representatives in Washington Col O'Connor and Major Stevens and with Col Corderman of US War Department; liaison with Col GA Bicher of ETOUSA, with WO and AM, with Merry in Melbourne and with Director CBME; postings of US personnel to BP and Stanmore Aug 16; BP's redraft of The Med Caucasus Y Plan of Feb 11 1943 in light of changes in strategical picture, recommendation to close Bizerta Sigint station; BP bid for Williams in role of Commercial Intercept Cover Controller to see Berkelely St diplomatic and commercial EP Aug 10-20; results of ME reception comparison tests of targets in S Russia and Balkans Aug 14; Operation Starkey, Allied deception plan for invasion of W Europe, starts Aug 1 with D Day Sept 8, BP to look for German reaction; surplus Hollerith machinery and personnel available in Cairo Aug 20; several signals from Wing Cdr Oeser of BP sent to ME to look into problem of obtaining signal related captured documents for BP Aug 11-18; Lt Gen CA Spaatz, USA, commanding HQ NW African AF commends CO 329 Wing in NW Africa, Wing Cdr JB Cottam, Cottam sends accompanying letter to HAS BP praising BP support to 329 Wing, Aug 12/17; report on enemy jamming of Allied radar transmissions, AD (S) to C on appropriate distribution Aug 17, C asks Gp Capt Winterbotham to discuss with Dr RV Jones; distribution details for AS BMP report Aug 15/17

Date: 1943 Aug 11-20
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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