1st Edition

The Somerville Papers
Selections from the Private and Official Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville, GCB, GBE, DSO

Edited By

Michael Simpson

ISBN 9781911423638
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge

USD $54.95

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Book 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.

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.

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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.


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