The author has produced a portfolio of well-received and prize-winning naval histories. This work is an impressive re-evaluation of the Churchill and Fisher papers that includes two very helpful photo-plate sections – Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Churchill and Fisher, Titans at the Admiralty FILE: R2607 AUTHOR: Barry Gough PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth Publishing BINDING: hard back PAGES: 600 PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Royal Navy, Admiralty, First Sea Lord, First Lord of the Admiralty, Dreadnought, arms race, Zeppelins, RNAS, convoys, politics, Dardanelles, Alfred von Tirpitz, German Navy, U-Boats ISBN: 978-1-5267-0356-9 IMAGE: B2607.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y975z7p8 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author has produced a portfolio of well-received and prize-winning naval histories. This work is an impressive re- evaluation of the Churchill and Fisher papers that includes two very helpful photo-plate sections – Very Highly Recommended. Churchill and Fisher were titans at the Admiralty and their actions were responsible for a Royal Navy that did its duty and protected Great, Britain, the Commonwealth and the vital sea routes. They had to operate in an environment with many enemies. The author has provided a dramatic narrative that does justice to the two great characters. Churchill's lead at the Admiralty has been over shadowed by the failure of the Gallipoli Campaign, his resignation and service on the Western Front as a field officer. Neither character received the acknowledgements due to them for their inspired and innovative work. In war, there are many surprises and reverses but what is most important for any armed force is to come out on top as the victor. The Royal Navy did that and its achievements were owed to the efforts of these two men. The Press at the time, and most historians since then, have looked at 'failures' which are not total failures, and ignored success. Fisher had vision, genius and energy that was appreciated and matched by Churchill. Fisher had rebuilt the Royal Navy with significant technical advances and Dreadnought was not just an advance in battleship design, it was a revolution. Any battleship that did not ape her abilities was to be known as 'pre-Dreadnought'. That was not the only advance, important though it may have been. Britain built a series of classes of submarine that were equally as advanced and the Royal Navy began training pilots in 1911 to provide the finest naval aviation and pioneer the tactics that invented naval aviation for the world. A matching revolution was in anti-submarine warfare where the Royal Navy developed convoys, sonar, depth charges and convoy escorts. In all it was a series of major steps forward that prevented Germany from isolating Britain from its essential trade routes. The author has done a first rate job of reviewing the huge changes in naval and aviation technology and the part that these two men played in keeping the Royal Navy ahead, bringing it through reverses and exploiting successes. An absorbing read.