Former Naval Person : Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy. First Edition in dustjacket

By: CHURCHILL, Winston S.). GRETTON, Peter

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(CHURCHILL, Winston S.). GRETTON, Peter. Former Naval Person : Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy. London : Cassell, (1968). First Printing. Pp. (14),1-338 + 16 p. of black and white plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth, gold lettering to spine. Law 0656. "The only weapon with which we can expect to cope with great nations is the Navy. I confess I do trust the Navy...' These words, spoken by Winston Churchill in the Spring of 1901, could equally well have dated from any stage of his long and momentous parliamentary career. Not only did he trust the Royal Navy in war; he saw it as an enduringsymbol of what he believed to be Britain's traditional and rightful place in the world. No appreciation of Sir Winston's life and achievements can becomplete without a knowledge of his long association with the Navy, the in fluence of which on the history of the world has been so incalculable. "TheNavy that Churchill found when he first arrived at the Admiralty in 1911 w as in a state of upheaval. Reform and modernisation had come late to the Service, which had rested overlong on Nelson's laurels. The new First Lord, to the consternation of some of the admirals, flung the weight of his boundless energy and creative genius into the work of reconstruction. He met and talked with personnel from all levels of the naval hierarchy; he espoused suspect causes like those of the submarine and the aeroplane; and by 1914 the Navy, though still far from perfect, was very much on a war footing. Churchill must have felt well satisfied with his earlier efforts when he returned to the Admiralty and the very different Navy of 1939. "Churchill's tendency, during both his wartime spells as First Lord of the Admiralty, to takethat office at its face value and overrule his naval advisers if necessary , has made him an easy target for subsequent criticism. He has been largelyblamed for the Dardanelles fiasco and the gallant but futile Coronel actio n in the First World War; for the Narvik episode and the loss of the Princeof Wales and Repulse in the Second. Admiral Gretton's detailed research an d professional judgement have produced a more balanced picture, and a fitting tribute to Sir Winston's memory from the Service to which he gave so much." - from the dj. Very good in dustjacket. 35.00

Title: Former Naval Person : Winston Churchill and the Royal Navy. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: CHURCHILL, Winston S.). GRETTON, Peter

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Publisher: Cassell, London, 1968,:

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Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL UNITED KINGDOM ENGLAND ENGLISH HISTORY HISTORY BIOGRAPHIES BIOGRAPHY WW2 POLITICS STATESMEN BRITISH ROYAL NAVY,