REFERENCE DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
- DESPATCHES -

Updated 14-Apr-2009

In this section we will provide links to or transcriptions of key Despatches. These are normally written by the Commander-in-Chief following a major campaign or engagement and summarise what happened. Despatches were normally published in the London Gazette. Where these are available online from the London Gazette's own web site, we will be providing links.

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Despatches
Date Gazetted Subject Author
4 July 1916 Battle of Jutland Admiral J Jellicoe, Commander in Chief, Grand Fleet
1 July 1947 First and Second Battles of Narvik Vice-Admiral WJ Whitworth, Vice-Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squardon
1 July 1947 First and Second Battles of Narvik Rear Admiral RHC Hallifax, Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet
8 July 1947 Operations in the Narvik area of northern Norway Admiral of the Fleet the Earl of Cork and Orrery, G.B.C., G.C.V.O., Flag Officer, Narvik
5 August 1947 The destruction of the German Battlecruiser Scharnhorst Admiral Sir Bruce A. Fraser, K.C.B., K.B.E., Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
16 October 1947 Sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck on 27 May 1941 Admiral Sir John Tovey, Commander in Chief, Home Fleet
10 February 1948 Attack on the Tirpitz by midget submarines on 22 September 1943 Rear Admiral C.B. Barry, Admiral (Submarines)
26 February 1948 Loss of H.M. Ships Prince of Wales and Repulse Vice Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton, Commander in Chief Eastern Fleet
27 April 1948 Action with Italian Fleet of Calabria, 9 July,1940 Admiral AB Cunningham, Commander in Chief, Mediterranean
25 May 1948 The carrier borne aircraft attack on Kirkenes and Petsamo Admiral Sir John C. Tovey. Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
22 June 1948 Raid on military and economic objectives in the Lofoten Islands Admiral Sir John C. Tovey. Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
2 July 1948 Raid on military and economic objectives in the vicinity of Vaagso Island Admiral Sir John C. Tovey. Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet
11 August 1948 Mediterranean Convoy Operations Admiral AB Cunningham, Commander in Chief, Mediterranean
22 March 1949 The Landings in North Africa Admiral of the Fleet AB Cunningham, Commander in Chief, Mediterranean
17 October 1950 Convoys to North Russia, 1942 Extracts of Despatches from Admiral Sir John C. Tovey. Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet