Churchill and Seapower by Christopher M. Bell

By Christopher M. Bell

Winston Churchill had an extended and nearer dating with the Royal military than any British statesman nowa days, yet his list as a naval strategist and custodian of the nation's sea energy has been mired in controversy because the ill-fated Dardanelles crusade in 1915. this present day, Churchill continues to be looked via many as a clumsy strategist who interfered in naval operations and infrequently overrode his expert advisers--with unavoidably disastrous effects.

Churchill and Seapower is the 1st significant examine of Winston Churchill's list as a naval strategist and his impression because the so much well-liked mum or dad of Britain's sea energy within the glossy period. in line with large archival study, the e-book debunks many renowned and well-entrenched myths surrounding debatable episodes in either global Wars, together with the Dardanelles catastrophe, the failed Norwegian crusade, the conflict of the Atlantic, and the devastating lack of the Prince of Wales and Repulse in 1941. It exhibits that many universal criticisms of Churchill were exaggerated, but in addition that a few of his error were principally overlooked--such as his willingness to delay the conflict of the Atlantic with a purpose to focus assets at the bombing crusade opposed to Nazi Germany.

The publication additionally examines Churchill's evolution as a maritime strategist over the process his occupation, and records his serious half in handling Britain's naval decline in the course of the first 1/2 the 20 th century. Churchill's real affection for the Royal military has usually distracted recognition from the truth that his perspectives on sea strength have been pragmatic and unsentimental. certainly, as Christopher M. Bell exhibits, in a interval ruled via declining assets, worldwide threats, and fast technological swap, it was once more and more air instead of sea strength that Churchill regarded to because the beginning of Britain's protection.

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23 However, the naval members of the Board of Admiralty rejected both this idea and the substitution scheme. 24 Churchill was eager, however, to avoid a new and even costlier phase of naval competition. He therefore began to explore the possibility of a diplomatic agreement with Germany to reduce the pace of naval construction. In his speech of 18 March 1912 presenting the annual navy estimates to Parliament, Churchill explicitly linked the size of Britain’s naval programme to Germany’s, and declared that the Liberal government would meet any increase in German building with additional British construction.

35 None of this satisfied Churchill’s critics, however, and the Mediterranean question was examined by the Committee of Imperial Defence (CID) on 4 July 1912. Churchill, with the support of his naval advisers, continued to insist that the first priority must be to maintain Britain’s 60 per cent margin of superiority over Germany in the North Sea. ’ To meet his colleagues’ concerns about the security of British interests in the Mediterranean, he proposed that Britain and France together should aim to maintain superior strength over the combined strength of AustriaHungary and Italy.

By ‘hold[ing] firm now’, Churchill insisted, there were still ‘good chances of a complete success’. But if Borden failed, Churchill did not see any insuperable obstacle to reducing Britain’s commitments in the Mediterranean. 62 In other words, flotilla defence might still provide an alternative to a one-power standard in capital ships in the Mediterranean. An unpublished memorandum dating from around this time illustrates Churchill’s thoughts on this subject. Matching Austrian dreadnoughts with 30 ap p re nt i c e shi p, 19 0 0 – 14 British dreadnoughts represented ‘no more than a plain and simple interpretation’ of the one-power standard, he argued.

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