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Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1 By Alastair Wilson

Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1
by Alastair Wilson

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Career histories of the 336 most senior Royal Navy officers of the twentieth century The only published biographies of many individuals An essential reference for historians and genealogists
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Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1 Summary


Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1 by Alastair Wilson

Despite its recent decline in size and influence, for much of the twentieth century the Royal Navy was a major player in world history. Its senior officers carried out - and sometimes made - British policy in peace and war, but with the exception of a few star figures the details of their careers have never been published. This book is the first volume of a major study intended to provide a resume of the service lives of every flag officer, in the style of the great nineteenth century biographical dictionaries of Marshall and O'Byrne. Every entry is based on primary sources, including the Navy's confidential personnel files, cross-referenced with general historical data and, in the case of living officers, correspondence with the subjects themselves. The book comes with a CD which contains the service histories and careers of 336 most senior admirals on the Navy List from 1900 onwards. The length of each entry varies with the importance of the officer covered, but each includes both an outline of their careers and significant dates, like promotions and awards. In all, the CD contains more than 600,000 words - a truly epic work. The majority are not even included in the Dictionary of National Biography, and as such, this work will be a boon to historians, and invaluable to genealogists. A monumental and unique naval historical resource.

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Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1 Reviews


"The book opens with the social-historical background which includes a lucid and valuable explanation on how entry, promotion, half-pay and retirement of naval officers worked, and changed over time during the period.... This is not the sort of work one would read straight off as one would a novel, but it is an absolutely key resource for anyone researching the RN at a command level in the twentieth century; in this way the author has done a considerable service to posterity. It will also provide interest, and perhaps amusement, to those who served with those included. It is an important work of naval history in its own right."--Army Rumour Service

About Alastair Wilson


A retired naval officer, ALASTAIR WILSON has worked for nearly a decade compiling, checking and editing the records that form the basis for this project.

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GOR007310922
Admirals of the Fleet and Admirals: Biographical Dictionary of the Twentieth-Century Royal Navy:Volume 1 by Alastair Wilson
Alastair Wilson
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
2013-03-20
96
1848320884
9781848320888
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