Skip to main content

Cambridge University Libraries are providing a blend of online and controlled in-person services. Please see our website for more details.

Maritime warfare

 Subject
Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

 File

Cabinet papers on naval policy and naval statistics, 1917-07

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 7/1
Scope and Contents

Includes: memorandum by Winston Churchill on naval war policy, particularly the ineffectiveness of the distant blockade and the Navy's defensive approach, while submarines were attacking commercial shipping, and the advantages of inshore offensives from an overseas base close to Germany, such as the Frisian Islands, Borkum or Sylt; comparative tables for the Anglo-American and German fleets, supplied by Churchill.

Dates: 1917-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Item

Correspondence about books, 1935 - 1972

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/2/1
Scope and Contents

In particular "Naval Warfare" (1936) and "Sea Warfare, 1939-1945" (1950).
Including correspondence with publishers and publishers' contracts and royalty statements.

Dates: 1935 - 1972
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Draft chapter of the official naval history of the Second World War

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/7
Scope and Contents

Chapter entitled 'Defence against major warships, British dispositions and initial moves', never published.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Draft naval war manual, 1938-10

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 1
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Papers comprising manuscripts of books, lectures, research notes and correspondence.
With Ralph Hudleston's notes on the defence of seabourne trade, 1911.

Dates: 1938-10
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Series

"Führer Conferences on Naval Affairs", 1947

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 5
Scope and Contents

The documents known as the "Führer Conferences" were among the German Naval Archives captured by the British and Americans at Tambach Castle during the Second World War. They are minutes of staff meetings between Hitler and his naval commanders and they were translated and published by the Admiralty in 1947.

Dates: 1947
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Fonds

Henry Ellis: Naval journal on 'HMS Styx' during the Xhosa [Cape Frontier] and Burmese Wars

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9420
Scope and Contents 1 volume, 210 pp. of journal text covering the period1852-53. With loose sheets inserted, including page from Illustrated London News, 5 Feb. 1853, with illustration and note on 'Kaffir prisoners at the Cape' [historic title]; notes on Ascension Island, n.d.; 'On passage from Ascension to South Coast', n.d.; 'Notes on South Coast,' n.d. Bookplate: given to Michael Rome Bouquet by Mrs. Dunn (Ellis' niece), Apr. 1935. Note that the contents of the journal contain racist and outdated...
Dates: 1852-1853
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 File

Letter from Arthur Marder, 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/10
Scope and Contents

With papers and a copy of a lecture titled "The Foundation of Tactics" given at the Royal Navy Tactical School, December 1944.

Dates: 1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Letters about "British Admirals of the Eighteenth Century" (1972), 1972 - 1973

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/6
Scope and Contents

With press cuttings of book reviews.

Dates: 1972 - 1973
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Literary notes including material on Second World War naval subjects, 1944-04

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/8
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Papers comprising manuscripts of books, lectures, research notes and correspondence.
With Ralph Hudleston's notes on the defence of seabourne trade, 1911.

Dates: 1944-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Notes and drafts for a book on the defence of seabourne trade, 1911 - 1970

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 2
Scope and Contents

Comprising three draft chapters by John Creswell, 1935; earlier research notes on the same topic by Ralph Hudleston, 1911; letters from Hudleston, 1935 (3); letters from Guy Wyatt of the Admiralty Hydrographic Department, 1949 (2); letters from the Admiralty Historical Section, 1954 (2); and an introductory note by John Creswell, 1970.

Dates: 1911 - 1970
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 File

Notes for a book on the defence of seabourne trade, 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CRES 6/9
Scope and Contents

With letters, 1949.

Dates: 1949
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Series

Public: Admiralty, 1906 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MCKN 3
Scope and Contents Includes: correspondence, mainly with other members of the Board of Admiralty, flag officers and the Cabinet, on naval business, particularly the naval estimates and the feud between Admiral Lord Charles Beresford and Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, 1st Sea Lord; papers and correspondence relating to the inquiry on Admiral Beresford; intelligence reports by Sir [Arthur] Trevor Dawson and other papers on the German battleship programme; Admiralty correspondence relating to the 1910...
Dates: 1906 - 1915
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
 Fonds

The Papers of Sir George Binney

Reference Code: GBR/0014/BINN
Scope and Contents

Papers comprising correspondence, official reports and press cuttings.
With correspondence and notes of Ralph Barker, author of 'The Blockade Busters', 1974-80.
Mainly in English, with some items in Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and French.

Dates: 1939 - 1982
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.