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Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967

 

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 708. Note that in WSC's letter to the King, the level of preparedness of the the Royal Navy is high and stores such as ammunition and torpedos shows a surplus.

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 710.

Winston Churchill writes to his wife: "My darling one and beautiful...." and signs off "Kiss those Kittens & be loved for ever only by me. Your Own, W". There is discussion on the replacement of Sir George Callaghan as Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet by Sir John Jellicoe. Beatty was negative. Lord Fischer positive.

Winston Churchill writes to his wife 1914-JUL-28 seven days before war was declared : [...] I wondered whether those stupid Kings and Emperors cd not assemble together and revivify kingship by saving the nations from hell but we all drift on in a kind of dull cataleptic trance. And as if it was somebody else's operations ! [...]

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 712

Note the frequent use of abbreviated words even in letters to the King. The telegraph had arrived during the 19thC with the trans-Atlantic cable being laid in 1851 (hence the term 'telegram' for inland transmissions and the verb 'cable' for telegrams transmitted overseas.) By 1901 the cable had been laid to Australia (via Bombay), thus completing global telecommunications. However paper correspondence predominated and persons, especially educated persons, would write frequently. Hence the use of abbreviations. It is odd to be able to type this ASCII here into a .html file. Odder still that in future centuries, the two dates, that of Winston Churchill's death in 1965 and that of the invention of .html in 1990 will look so close to an observer as to almost touch. And yet to live through them, were world's apart.

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 714. Jellicoe is to replace Sir George Callaghan as Commander in Chief of the Home Fleet.

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
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Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 718. Interchange in cabinet between WSC and Lloyd-George.

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 720

Winston S. Churchill Volume II Young Statesman 1901-1914 by Randolph S. Churchill published by Heinemann , London 1967
Page 722. Finally, the Naval signal sent from the Admiralty by Winston Churchill at 11pm on 1914-AUG-04 instructing all ships to commence hostilities against Germany.

From the Agadir Crisis in 1911 onwards, from Winston Churchill's arrival at the Admiralty, he had given instructions that there were to be naval officers present at the Admiralty day and night, not just clerks. In addition, one of the Sea Lords was to be present at the Admiralty or in its environs (Whitehall) day and night in order to give the signal for war to the navy should it be received from the cabinet or should intelligence arrive of a German attack. Churchill had constructed behind his desk and folding case into which was lain a map of the North Sea. Onto this map every morning a staff officer would place the position of the German fleet. All this is related in Churchill's master-work The World Crisis 1911-1919

That Riviera Touch (1966)
Horse Guards Parade (middle background) and the Old Admiralty Building (left) in That Riviera Touch (1966).

 

 

 

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+ SEE ALSO

- Winston S. Churchill - 1914-1916 Vol III by Martin Gilbert

- The World Crisis 1911-1919 by Winston S. Churchill published by Odhams Press, London, 1939, Second Edition.

- Chronology of the Great War 1914-1918

 

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