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Cabinet Papers on naval and general First World War subjects, 1910-10 - 1915-05

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 4/7

Scope and Contents

Includes: memorandum by the First Lord of the Admiralty [Winston Churchill] on the formation of a naval War Staff; diary of a visit to Berlin by 1st Lord Haldane [Secretary of State for War] and his discussions with the German Chancellor [Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg], Kaiser Wilhelm II, Grand-Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz [Head of the German Admiralty] and with J Cambon [? French Ambassador to Germany] on the balance of power in Europe, the increase in the British and German fleets, territorial questions in Africa and Britain's intentions towards Germany and France; draft memorandum to be submitted to the German Government, in response to a memorandum received from Count Paul Metternich [German Ambassador to Britain] on British objections to the new German Fleet Law; rough notes for a speech by McKenna in Cabinet on comparative naval strengths in Europe; Treasury memorandum on the naval estimates, 1914-15; open letter from John Redmond [Chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party] to Herbert Asquith [Prime Minister, later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith] and annotated by McKenna, on suggestions by Asquith on whether any definite proposals on Ulster should be put forward for 1914; note of assurances of support given to Paul Cambon [French Ambassador to Britain] if the German Fleet attacked French coasts or shipping in the North Sea or English Channel; memorandum by Churchill [as Home Secretary] on military aspects of the continental problem, on broad strategy in a European war; memorandum by the Lord Chancellor [1st Lord Haldane] on the future relations of the great powers, with comments by Field Marshal 1st Lord Kitchener [Secretary of State for War].


  • Creation: 1910-10 - 1915-05


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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


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Finding aid date

2005-11-23 14:29:22.140000+00:00


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