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"Navy Estimates", 18 Mar 1912

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/42/1-22

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Typescript speaking notes for WSC's speech (House of Commons) on subjects including: naval armaments; detailed explanation of the naval estimates and predictions; increase of German naval power; the importance of maintaining the fleet at the minimum level "consistent with full security"; plans for construction of ships which will be modified to follow German naval construction; docks; oil; aviation and shipbuilding capacity; the importance of a strong fleet to Great Britain; plans for the organisation and mobilisation of the fleet; service conditions for seamen. He ends "The Admiralty must leave to others the task of mending the times in which we live, and confine themselves to the more limited and simple duty of making quite sure that whatever the times may be our Island and its people will come safely through them."The notes are heavily abbreviated and include some manuscript amendments by WSC in black ink.Published: Complete Speeches II, p 1919-35


  • Creation: 18 Mar 1912

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