The Somerville Papers: Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville, GCB, GBE, DSO, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Somerville Papers

Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville, GCB, GBE, DSO, 1st Edition

Edited by Michael Simpson

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Description

Sir James Somerville (1882-1949) was one of the great influences on the 20th-century navy, both as a commander of fleets and a pioneer of radio and radar. The Admiral's extensive correspondence, diaries and reports are deposited in the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge. These edited selections reveal much of the background about major naval operations in the Second World War. The loneliness of high command is clearly revealed in these highly personal documents, almost 500 of which are reproduced in the book. In particular they show Somerville's frequent disagreements with Churchill - a feature common to all senior British commanders during the war.

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'Thoroughly recommended.' Mariner’s Mirror

Table of Contents

Contents: List of Maps and Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Glossary of Abbreviations; Chronology of Admiral Somerville's Life and Career; PART ONE: Flag Commands and Other Active Service, 1936-1940; PART TWO: Force H, June 1940-January 1942; PART THREE: The Eastern Fleet, February 1942-August 1944; PART FOUR: the British Admiralty Delegation, Washington, October 1944-December 1945; Index; List of Documents and Sources.

About the Editor

Michael Simpson was educated at Cambridge, Ohio State and Glasgow Universities and was lecturer

in History and American Studies at Swansea University since 1966. He was General Editor for the

Navy Records Society between 1994 and 2000.

About the Series

Navy Records Society Publications

The Navy Records Society was established in 1893 to print unpublished manuscripts and rare works of interest to naval historians and enthusiasts. To date it has published nearly 150 scholarly volumes, each edited and introduced by a leading authority in the appropriate field. The volumes form a unique and invaluable resource for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in the Naval History of Great Britain and the development of naval power in the Modern World.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General