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Intercepted D-Day+2 Messages from the 8 June 1944

Sat, 8 Jun 2019
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Read messages that were intercepted and decrypted at Bletchley Park on the 8 June 1944

TOI 03.57, 04.05, 04.14 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: Admiral CHANNEL

MOST IMMEDIATE. Situation report 0500/8/6/44. Situation on the whole unchanged. Expected sea and air landings in the LA PERNELLE – QUINEVILLE area did not take place. Northwestern defence line of 709th Infantry Division: MARCOUF – AZEVILLE – North of FRESVILLE – LE PORT BREHAY. Enemy has received reinforcements of tanks, 7 tanks shot up. Report from 91st Infantry Division that American freight-carrying


TOI 09.35 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: Admiral CHANNEL

MOST IMMEDIATE. Interior situation report: Around MARCOUF island 100 ships. East of QUINEVILLE formation of ships enveloped in smoke-screen. Own land attack brought to a standstill. Line: ST. MERE EGLISE – East of MONTEBOURG – BREVILLE ((as received)) to the East. Southern edge: AZEVILLE – MARCOUF.


TOI 09.40 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: Admiral CHANNEL

MOST IMMEDIATE. Southeast of BARFLEUR cruiser or destroyer sunk by gunfire. MARCOUF under fire from the sea. Smoke-screen being laid. Battery in action with enemy infantry. So far single shot firing. 3/1261 changing position.


TOI 13.45, 13.52, 14.12, 14.18 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

Situation report. 1) Further concentration of up to 100 ship units off the East COTENTIN Coast, partly away to southwards. Spasmodic firing at the batteries by ships’ guns continues. Fire was replied to by 3/1261, 6/1261 and 10/1261, in part against land Bombing laid on 7/1261: Battery is ready to fire. 2/1261 is out of order in consequence of shelling by ships and tanks. At 1020 there was a cruiser or destroyer in a sinking condition near the ILE DE MARCOUF. The MARCOUF battery was surrounded at 1420. Counter-thrust by a grenadier battalion to dislodge the enemy is in progress. Preparations for a landing in the QUINEVILLE area have been established, but execution is not yet confirmed. Battle line: ((Northern edge)) MARCOUF – ((EMOUDVILLE)) – MANNEVILLE. At 0900 heavy bombing attack on VALOGNES and the northeast corner of COTENTIN. Communication with the 709th Infantry Division is in order again. P.T.O. [reverse of page] ST. MALO nothing to report. No connection with VIRE-ORNE. 2) Internal situation quiet. 3) Personnel: The conduct of the MARINE POMPIERS (naval fire brigade) during the air attack on GRANVILLE and the burning and sinking of M4605 was good. 4) Nil return.


TOI 18.38, 19.27, 19.38 GMT
From: GRUPPE WEST
To: All

1) In the night 7-8/6 and on the morning of 8/6 the following were sunk by naval forces, mines and coastal artillery: 1 cruiser or destroyer, 11 landing boats. Damaged: 1 cruiser, 3 destroyers, 1 ‘LST’, 3 other vessels. Enemy landing boat formations successfully attacked with artillery. 2) Area E. of the ORNE is, for the most part, free of the enemy. Enemy beach-heads ORNE as far as East of GRANDCAMP and West of VIRE estuary with focal point ST. MERE EGLISE. Supplies from the direction of the ISLE OF WIGHT and the STRAITS. By day heavy units, cruisers, at night only destroyers in the SEINE Bay. GRANDCAMP, ISIGNY, CARENTAN area in own hands. BAYEUX occupied by the enemy. Own heavy Panzer attack against enemy P.T.O. [reverse of page] forces near BAYEUX is in progress. Report concerning air landings in the western part of COTENTIN is definitely false. 3) During the night of 8/6 relief of the Army by means of continuous attacks by the G.A.F. Two cruisers, 2 destroyers, four 4000 GRS ((? transports)) sunk or severly damaged.


TOI 18.55 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To:

MOST IMMEDIATE. Lively shipping traffic north, northeast and East of BARFLEUR on Southeasterly courses. 16 and 22 large landing boats 15 kilometres distant. Visibility conditions misty. 7/1261’s rangefinder is destroyed.


TOI 20.14 GMT
From: Seeko NORMANDY
To: Admiral CHANNEL

MOST IMMEDIATE. The bridgehead north of the CARENTAN ((lines)) has been held. Heavy losses suffered by the enemy. MARCOUF has been freed. Tank battle near BAYEUX. Own reinforcements are being brought up.

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