REFERENCE DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
- OFFICIAL ADMIRALTY DOCUMENTS -
Updated 14-Apr-2009

In this section of the site you will find transcriptions of various Admiralty documents related to the Dreadnought Era, 1904-1945. The original documents are held at The National Archives, Kew, London, except where otherwise noted. The records are Crown Copyright and reproduced here due to copyright waiver or otherwise by kind permission of The National Archives. Help in transcribing these documents or converting transcriptions to html is always welcomed. If you are interested in helping with either of these processes please contact us.

Divider

ADM 1 (Admiralty & Secretarial Papers)

ADM 1/8397/365 – Warship Design, 1914–1922
ADM 1/8586/70 – Final Report of the Post-War Questions Committee (1920)
ADM 1/9387 – Capital Ships: Protection (1935)
ADM 1/9421 – Main Characteristics of 1937 Capital Ship (1933 & 1935)
ADM 1/10139 – Battleship and Battle Cruiser strength (1939)


ADM 186 (Admiralty Publications)

ADM 186/251 – Progress in Gunnery Material (1921)
ADM 186/259 – Progress in Gunnery Material, 1922 & 1923 (available in pdf format only)
ADM 186/339 – Progress in Naval Gunnery, 1914–1936 (available in pdf format only)
ADM 186/349 – Progress in Naval Gunnery, 1938 Edition


ADM 199 (War History Cases & Papers)

ADM 199/391 – Force "H" War Diaries
ADM 199/393 – Home Fleet "H" War Diaries


ADM 205 (Office of the First Sea Lord,
later First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff: Correspondence and Papers)

ADM 205/3 – First Sea Lord's private correspondence: Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse and Admiral Sir Dudley Pound 1938 - 1939


ADM 213 (Admiralty Centre for Scientific Information and Liaison: Reports)

ADM 213/378 – Tests of German Armour


ADM 239 (Confidential Reference Books, CB Series)

ADM 239/137 – Progress in Gunnery Material (1939)
ADM 239/261 – The Fighting Instructions (1939 Royal Navy guide for conducting naval operations)
ADM 239/268 – C.B.04039, Armour Protection (1939)


ADM 267 (Damage Reports and Files, Torpedoes and Mines)

ADM 267/111 – Prince of Wales (includes extracts of narrative of operations against "Bismarck")


CAB Series (Cabinet Office)

CAB 16/147 – Capital Ships: Vulnerability to Air Attack (1936)


CAFO (Confidential Admiralty Fleet Orders)

1941 CAFO 290 – Non-Chalking Matt Paints (Feb. 1941)
1941 CAFO 302 – Camouflage of H.M. Ships (Feb. 1941)
1941 CAFO 889 – Anti-fouling Compositions Supplied by The British Anti-fouling Composition Co., Ltd. (Feb. 1941)