Winston Churchill enjoyed two stints as First Lord of the Admiralty, at the start of the First World War and at the start of the Second. He retained close interest in naval matters, especially as the defeat of the U-boat menace was so vital in both wars to maintain the vital supplies so necessary for Britain’s war efforts. Indeed, Churchill later said that this was the only thing that had threatened the ultimate Allied victory.
CHURCHILL AND THE ADMIRALS
Stephen Roskill comes to the subject with excellent credentials – having been appointed to the Cabinet Office Historical Section in 1949 to write those volumes of the UK Military History Series eventually published as “The War at Sea 1939-45”, (these four volumes are now republished by the Naval & Military Press).
In “Churchill and the Admirals,” the author now explores the very relationships Churchill had with a variety of senior RN officers (and others) throughout both wars. Whilst names like Beatty, Jellicoe (WW1), Pound and Mountbatten (WW2) spring readily to mind.