C0002

American cipher decrypt document
Title
American cipher decrypt document
Production date
c. 1939-1945
Additional Title information
Decrypts of Second World War German ciphered communications, possibly linked to the USAAF’s Radio Squadron Mobile interception units.
MATERIAL(s)
Paper
Type
Document
DIMENSIONS
200 x 180 mm
Serial number(s)
Contributer(S)
Attributed to the USAAF (United States Army Air Force).
COLLECTION NUMBER
C0002
CONDITION
Fair. First page separated and some minor folds throughout.
Category / Subcategory (if applicable)
Location
Main collection (Durham, UK).
STATUS
In storage
provenance
Purchased from an American dealer.
Acquisition Date
Nov 2018
Associated object(S)
Record Last Updated
Aug 20, 2022
DESCRIPTION
A transcript document, headed “SECRET”, detailing decrypted German ciphered communications. It is thought to relate to the work of one of the USAAF’s Radio Squadron Mobile interception units, which dealt with intercepting and decrypting low-grade tactical messages. The document includes both the German plaintext and English translation. Some of the messages are quite ‘everyday’ sorts of messages, such as: “If there is no counter order, tonight the food and canteen goods will be given out taking into consideration the reserve (supplies). Klieninger” and “Impossible to receive you. Send more clearly”. There are also messages sent in the heat of battle, such as “Infantry in attack in company strength”, “AGJ 1 750 meters east of point 500 3 battle rate, (time fuse), S M (type of fuse) Infantry. Take up position and going into attack” and “To san uffz – One dead and one wounded left at hospital, Query – If Nitsche has arrived …”. There is mention in the document of the Flaksignalstafel, the German anti-aircraft signal code.
Notes
Attribution made in December 2018 by Guy Revell, Museum Archivist at the Bletchley Park Trust.
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