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Miscellaneous correspondence, 1922-08 - 1944-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BOWR 1/4

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Sir Herbert Samuel [Leader of the Liberal Parliamentary Party] explaining his inability to support Bower in his election campaign; 4th Lord Salisbury [earlier Lord Cranborne], suggesting that Bower might join the Watching Committee (2); Leo Amery on pre-war defeatism; 1st Lord Tyrrell on subjects including political leaders interfering in naval and military affairs (2); Leslie Hore-Belisha on a memorandum by Bower on problems with the campaign in Crete, on Coastal Command and the need to unify naval and air command (2); Vice-Admiral Guy Royle [Naval Secretary to First Lord, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and Chief of Naval Air Services] on a suggestion by Bower for an air operation and increasing the number of bomber squadrons available for Coastal Command; Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond on relations between the Navy and RAF, the lack of leadership at the Admiralty, including the failure of Winston Churchill [Prime Minister] to see the importance of gaining command of the sea, and the campaign by Marshal of the RAF 1st Lord Trenchard to elevate the RAF at the Navy's expense (2); Admiral Sir John De Robeck [Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet] on Bower's application for leave; 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Max Aitken] congratulating Bower on his role in public life; Sir Alfred Pease [former MP for Cleveland, Yorkshire] supporting Bower in his position on divorce law reform.

Also includes: report on "Strategic Failure" by Bower, reviewing high strategy after the failure of the campaign in Crete (1941) and "The Modern Conception of Sea Power" by Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond (1942); references for Bower by referees including Vice-Admiral Sir William Fisher, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth, Rear-Admiral Lionel Preston, and Air Commodore Edgar Ludlow-Hewitt, Commandant, RAF Staff College;


  • Creation: 1922-08 - 1944-11


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Finding aid date

2003-03-10 14:07:04+00:00

Repository Details

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