REFERENCE DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
- BOOKS DATABASE -
Updated 26-Jan-2008

In this section we eventually hope to develop a comprehensive searchable database of books and publications relating to the Royal Navy during the period 1904 to 1945. In the short term will have a page listing the main biographies of Flag officers who served during this era. We halso ope to include reviews in this section so, If you wish to contribute a review to this site, please contact our staff.

We also intend to provide transcriptions of out of copyright books as time permits.

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Cowan's War
Geoffrey Bennett
Collins, 1964
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Biography of Admiral Sir Walter Cowan
     
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Cunningham of Hyndhope
Oliver Warner
John Murray, 1967
N/K
Biography of Admiral Sir Andrew B. Cunningham. Out of print.
     
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Cunningham the Commander
Captain S.W.C. Pack
Batsford, 1974
N/K
Biography of Admiral Sir Andrew B. Cunningham. Out of print.
     
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Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty: The Last Naval Hero. An intimate biography
Stephen Roskill
Collins, 1981
0-689-11119-3
Did you know that Beatty enjoyed reading fairy stories? Find out more in this well balanced biography.
     
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Fighting Admiral
Donald MacIntyre
Evans Brothers, 1961
N/K
Biography of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Fownes Somerville. Out of print.
     
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Fisher and Cunningham
Richard Ollard
Constable, 1991
0 09 470490 2
A book which compares and contrasts the personailites and styles of two of the greatest admirals of the Dreadnought era.
     
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Fisher of Kilverstone
Ruddock F. MacKay
Oxford, 1973

A critical biography of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone.

     
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Invergordon Scapegoat
Alan Coles
Alan Sutton, 1993
N/K
An analysis of how Tomkinson, who was standing in as Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet at the time of the Invergordon mutiny was used as a scapegoat in the official investigation which followed.
     
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The Life and Letters of David Beatty, Admiral of the Fleet
Rear-admiral W.S. Chalmers
Hodder and Stoughton, 1951
NK
Written at the request of Beatty's son
     
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The Man Around the Engine
Vice-Admiral Louis LeBailly
Kenneth Mason, 1990
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An autobiography detailng the life of a naval engineer in the 1930s.
     
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It Might Happen Again
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield
Heinemann, 1942
NK
With World War 2 now history, Chatfield backpedals from where he left off in Volume 1 to examine more critically the inter war years.
     
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My Naval Life
Admiral of the Fleet the Earl of Cork and Orrery
Hutchison, 1943
NK
55 years of service. One of my personal favourites.
     
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The Navy and Defence
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield
Heinemann, 1942
NK
Volume 1 of Chatfield's two part biography covers his years up to Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean. Much in here about his time as Flag Captain to Beatty including the famous quotation. Never seen it with a dustwrapper.
     
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Roger Keyes
Cecil Aspinall-Oglander
Hogarth Press, 1951
N/K
A comprehensive biography of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes.
     
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A Sailor's Odyssey
Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope
Hutchinson, 1951
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Viscount Cunningham's autobiography covers his long service from Cadet to Admiral of the Fleet and beyond. One of the most important books covering the Dreadnought period.
     
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The Sky was Always Blue
Admiral Sir William James
Methuen, 1951
N/K
From 'Bubbles' to Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth. Admiral James' biography.