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North Africa (general region)

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Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 296 Collections and/or Records:

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(Untitled), 03 Jul 1942 - 28 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/6
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, July and August 1942. Some written by WSC when in the Middle East.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Major-General Leslie Hollis [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet].Subjects covered by the...
Dates: 03 Jul 1942 - 28 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 02 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/7
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, September 1942.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; Major-General Leslie Hollis [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; the Chiefs of Staff; Colonel John Bevan [Head of the London Controlling Section]; Vice-Admiral Sir Henry Moore [Vice Chief of the Naval Staff]; Air Chief Marshal Arthur Harris [Commander in Chief Bomber...
Dates: 02 Sep 1942 - 30 Sep 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 02 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/8
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, October 1942.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War Cabinet]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff; Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet].Subjects covered by the minutes include:...
Dates: 02 Oct 1942 - 31 Oct 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Nov 1942 - 30 Nov 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/9
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, November 1942.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: Desmond Morton [Prime Minister's Personal Assistant]; Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; the Chiefs of Staff; senior civil servants, including Sir Edward Bridges [Secretary to the War...
Dates: 01 Nov 1942 - 30 Nov 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/67/10
Scope and Contents Prime Minister's printed personal minutes, December 1942.Includes texts of minutes from WSC (annotated with additional printed information) to: members of the Cabinet and other government ministers; the Chiefs of Staff; Director of Movements [War Office, General Noel Holmes]; General Sir Hastings Ismay [Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence]; Colonel Ian Jacob [Military Assistant Secretary to the War Cabinet]; Chief Whip [James Stuart].Subjects covered by the minutes include:...
Dates: 01 Dec 1942 - 31 Dec 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 02 Jan 1942 - 03 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/68A/13-14
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Telegrams from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including: enemy movement around Agedabia [Ajdabiyah, Libya]; prisoner- of-war figures and a damage report following surrender of Bardia; success at Bardia due to tanks and South African infantry, the RAF and the Australian and Free French air forces.

Dates: 02 Jan 1942 - 03 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 04 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/68A/16
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Telegram from WSC to the Minister of State, Middle East [Oliver Lyttelton, later 1st Lord Chandos] on his proposals for Allied landings on Atlantic coast [? of North Africa], depending on the progress of General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] and the transatlantic development of operation "Gymnast" [codename for the plans for the British occupation of North West Africa].

Dates: 04 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 01 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/68A/2
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC on subjects including infantry and tanks in the Western desert against Germans and Italians, prisoner-of-war figures and South African divisions.

Dates: 01 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 15 Mar 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/71B/164
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Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief, Middle East: comments on the implications of delaying an attack, particularly for Malta and North Africa and on comparative allied and enemy tank numbers; states that he is sending Sir Stafford Cripps [Lord Privy Seal] to India via Cairo [Egypt] to put across the views of the War Cabinet, accompanied by Lieutenant-General Archibald Nye [Vice-Chief of the Imperial General Staff].

Dates: 15 Mar 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 09 Jun 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/76/65-66
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Telegram from WSC to General Sir Claude Auchinleck [Commander-in-Chief, Middle East] marked "most secret and personal" informing him of decision to divert the 8th Armoured Division and the 44th Division from South Africa to the Middle East, and commenting on reasons why these troops are no longer required in Australia or India.

Dates: 09 Jun 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 06 Aug 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/91B/8-12
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 06 Aug 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 22 Feb 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/92/19-20
Scope and Contents Letter from King George VI to WSC about his concern for the political situation in North Africa: stating that since the launch of Torch [Allied invasion of French North Africa] the situation has grown worse blaming the "underhand dealings" of Robert Murphy [United States Political Representative in North Africa] with the Vichy Regime [France] for dividing the two French sides; that little can be done to strengthen the position of General Sir Harold Alexander [later Lord Alexander of Tunis]...
Dates: 22 Feb 1943
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 22 Feb 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/92/24-28
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to King George VI about the situation in North Africa stating that: he is not seriously worried by the events in North Africa and does not doubt the loyalty of Robert Murphy [United States political representative in North Africa]; that the divisions between the French are due to General de Gaulle's hostility to Britain and that his refusal to make a friendly settlement at Casablanca [Morocco] angered the United States; that Husky [capture of Sicily] is due to commence in...
Dates: 22 Feb 1943
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 18 Jan 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/93A/52
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Letter from WSC (Anfa Camp, Casablanca, Morocco) to Lieutenant-General Brehon Somervell [Commanding General of the Services of Supply, United States Army] marked "Secret" regarding the monthly figures for the loss rates of dry cargo ships for 1942, stressing that these figures included the heavy losses of Torch [Allied Invasion of French North Africa] and estimated that the rate for the next four months would be about two percent Signed in typescript.

Dates: 18 Jan 1943
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 28 Mar 1943

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/93B/110-111
Scope and Contents Letter from WSC to Sir Alexander Hardinge [King's Private Secretary] marked "Secret" stating: that he had heard that General Dwight Eisenhower [Commander in Chief of North African Theatre of Operations, United States Army] was "rather hurt" that King George VI's message to the troops before the battle had not gone through him and that WSC took responsibility for this; that Torch [Allied Invasion of West North Africa] which was supposed to be a United States operation had now fallen into the...
Dates: 28 Mar 1943
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 28 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69A/57
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the latest situation in North Africa, including details of troop movements and positions, and the enemy's apparent division of forces in an attempt to secure both Mechili [Al Makili, Libya] and Benghazi.

Dates: 28 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 29 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69A/58
Scope and Contents Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the deterioration of the situation in North Africa, including: his fear that it will be necessary to temporarily evacuate Benghazi [Libya]; 7th Indian Infantry Brigade threatened with envelopment and withdrawn; demolitions ordered to be carried out in Benghazi; a report of action in progress about 20 miles north of Masus; admitting that the enemy has succeeded beyond his expectations and...
Dates: 29 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 29 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69A/64
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the latest situation in North Africa, including: the confusion of the situation around Benghazi [Libya] and details of recent fighting not yet received; 1st Armoured division attempted to move on Elabiar but the going was bad and the division is now back at Charubba; Lieutenant- General Neil Ritchie [Commander, 8th Army] aims to stabilise the position and collect forces for a counter-offensive.

Dates: 29 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 30 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69B/76-78
Scope and Contents Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander in Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding latest situation in North Africa: states that the loss of Benghazi [Libya] is "only temporary"; suggests reasons for defeat of armoured force; concludes "that to meet German armoured forces with any reasonable hope of decisive success our armoured forces as at present equipped organised and led must have at least two to one superiority"; believes General Erwin Rommel [Commander, Afrika Corps] will...
Dates: 30 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 31 Jan 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69B/84
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the latest situation in North Africa: "Yesterday was uneventful"; gives latest troop positions; is examining future prospect and hopes to send recommendations in 2 or 3 days.

Dates: 31 Jan 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 03 Feb 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69B/108
Scope and Contents Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in- Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the latest position in North Africa: estimates no more than 1000 prisoners captured by enemy in Benghazi [Libya]; positions at Mechili [? Al Makili, Libya] and Tengeder [? Bir Tanjadar, Libya] being consolidated; our mobile columns and fighting patrols operating actively in the vicinity of Msus [? Masus, Libya] and Charruba; suggests enemy may continue eastward movement and identifies possible...
Dates: 03 Feb 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 03 Feb 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/69B/114-115
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Telegram from General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander- in-Chief, Middle East, to WSC regarding the latest position in North Africa: describes troop positions; states that the immediate intention is to stabilise on a general line of present positions while retaining control of No Man's Land; believes that the tank situation is favourable and that the enemy is at the end of a long line of communications; is preparing a defensive position on a general line Sollum-Giarabub [Libya].

Dates: 03 Feb 1942
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), 12 Feb 1942

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/70/22-23
Scope and Contents Letter from H Freeman Matthews [Counsellor, United States Embassy, London] to WSC reciting texts of two telegrams from the President of the United States [Franklin Roosevelt] to WSC, on the actions of the French Vichy Government in supplying the axis powers in North Africa, enclosing the text of a telegram sent to Marshal Philippe Petain [Prime Minister of France] and also concerning changes at ABDA [Australian, British, Dutch and Australasian] Command, requesting a delay in the announcement...
Dates: 12 Feb 1942
Conditions Governing Access: From the File: Open
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(Untitled), 1946

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/246/29-101
Scope and Contents Page proofs for a supplement to the London Gazette entitled "Operations in East Africa, November 1940 - July 1941", reprinting contemporary despatches and reports by General Sir Archibald Wavell, Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East (21 May 1942), Lieutenant-General Sir William Platt, on the operations in Eritrea and Abyssinia [Ethiopia] (11 September 1941) and Lieutenant-General Sir Alan Cunningham on East Africa Force Operations (6 June 1941 and 22 July 1941) with various appendices and...
Dates: 1946
Conditions Governing Access: Open
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(Untitled), Aug 1946

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 20/246/141-156
Scope and Contents "Revised" page proofs of a supplement to the London Gazette entitled "Operations in the Middle East, 5 July 1941 - 31 October 1941" reprinting a contemporary despatch by General Sir Claude Auchinleck, Commander-in-Chief the Middle East Forces (8 March 1942), on Syria and Palestine, Cyprus, Iran [Persia], Turkey, co-operative planning with India, East Africa, Sudan, the Western Desert, Tobruk [Libya], and Egypt, and administrative matters, with appendices including communications from...
Dates: Aug 1946
Conditions Governing Access: Open