Official: Admiralty: Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher: Correspondence.

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CHAR 13/2/1-5 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, with congratulations on his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty, offering to come to London and give him "all the help in my power"; also giving his views on senior naval appointments, commenting that Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson [1st Sea Lord] was magnificent at sea, but had wrecked Reginald McKenna [WSC's predecessor] ashore, that until Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe commands the Home Fleet "Wilson is our Admiralissimo! Jellicoe is as great as Nelson, but is not senior enough yet", recommending Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as 1st Sea Lord and stating that he would offer to be WSC's "Chief of the Navy General Staff - there is room for an immense coup there but I don't want to embarrass you"; includes cutting on the state of the Navy. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/93-94]. 26 Oct 1911
CHAR 13/2/6-9 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, on senior staff appointments, recommending Maurice Hankey [Assistant Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence] to be Secretary of the Committee: "He is Napoleonic"; also on warship design, reminding WSC that "Armour is Vision" and that there were only two types to concentrate on, "the smallest Big-ship and the Biggest Small-ship". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/95-97]. 02 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/10-12 Letter from Admiral of the Lord Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, on senior naval appointments, emphasising the advantage of having Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as the predominating influence among the Sea Lords, stating that he was the ablest Admiral after Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and it was a "flash of genius" to think of him for the most critical post - "the man for the Ship-building Policy! That's your knotty point". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/98-99]. 04 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/13-15 Letter from Admiral of the Lord Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC: "I honestly think I can be a big help to you! I don't claim to be a genius, but I know a d--d fool when I see him", offering advice on senior appointments and on warship design: "Speed, Big Gun and Cheapness - these are the three fundamentals, and you can have them". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/100-101]. 04 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/16-20 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, commenting on Charles A'Court-Repington [earlier Charles A'Court]'s writings on naval strategy: "these soldiers are such d--d fools when they wade out to sea!", stating that "sea strategy is so simple that it completely deceives these great brains", also on the advantage of a Naval War Staff, which meant that the country was not ruined if there was a "d--d fool" as 1st Sea Lord. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/102-104]. 06 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/21-25 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on senior naval appointments: recommending Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, a "splendid sailor" but with no genius for administration, as 1st Sea Lord, and stating that of Bridgeman's rivals, Admiral Sir William May would "sell WSC", and would be at daggers drawn with Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and Rear-Admiral Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne was a "sneak of the dirtiest kind" and was distrusted by everyone; also recommending Admiral Sir George Neville for the Home Fleet, "the only fit man until [Vice-Admiral Sir John] Jellicoe gets senior enough" and stating that Admiral Sir Reginald Custance was quite unfit for the post; Captain William Pakenham would be excellent as 4th Sea Lord, and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson would be a perfect 2nd Sea Lord. Also includes statements on ship design and armament, stating that the 15 inch gun would "stagger humanity", and that cheapness, the big-gun and speed were essential; Fisher concludes that Admiral Lord Charles Beresford was a fool, and that WSC knew how to fool him. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/105-107]. 10 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/26-28 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, on the mobilization of the Fleet, and on the protection of commerce and food supply, recommending that he talk to Captain Francis Haworth-Booth, Naval Representative for Australia, who had engineered the most recent mobilization, stating that he was one of Fisher's "favourites": he had picked him "right down at the bottom ... he has had half his stomach cut out, but his brain is like a hive of bees"; also recommending that WSC speak to the "incomparable" Maurice Hankey [Assistant Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] on protection of commerce and food supply; also on the importance of naval aviation, which would supersede small cruisers and intelligence vessels, praising WSC for his decision to push aviation, but pleading with him not to take away young naval officers, "suckled on gunnery and sea fighting" to do a job a civilian could do better: "The civilian airman can always carry an expert for observing". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/108-109]. 10 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/29-32 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, suggesting a meeting aboard HMS Enchantress [Admiralty Yacht] in December, combining it with visits to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and the Engineering School at Plymouth [Devon]; also on senior Naval appointments, advising WSC to get rid of Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs, 3rd Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, describing him a "servile copyist"; stating that it was scandalous that the Royal Navy was behind the "whole world" in internal combustion propulsion, the first time in sea history that the Royal Navy had not led the way. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/110-111]. 11 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/33-35 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on naval gunnery and warship design, advocating "size and subdivision" against the "torpedo bogey". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/112-113]. 13 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/36-39 Telegram from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Folkestone Harbour [Kent]) to WSC on senior naval appointments. [Nov] [1911]
CHAR 13/2/40 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher ("in the train") to WSC on senior naval appointments, stating that if Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs did not remain as 3rd Sea Lord and Controller, Captain Arthur Waymouth would make be an excellent successor. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/114]. 20 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/41-44 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on senior naval appointments, advising him to "make no appointment afloat for anyone senior to [Vice-Admiral] Sir John Jellicoe otherwise you will be in a fix in two years time when you wish him to be Admiralissimo". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/115-116]. 22 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/45 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, sending letters from Engineer-Commander Charles Taylor on engineering training in the Royal Navy, and Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted] criticising the Controller of the Navy and the Engineer in Chief over the introduction of internal combustion propulsion [see CHAR 13/2/46-47 and CHAR 13/2/48-49]. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/117]. 27 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/46-47 Letter from Engineer-Commander Charles Taylor, (HMS Superb, Home Fleet) to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, on engineering training in the Royal Navy, and opposition to the [1902] training scheme, particularly within the Engineering Branch. [Typescript copies at CHAR 13/2/142-147]. 23 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/48-49 Letter from Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted] to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher on the use of the internal combustion engine by the Royal Navy, with press cutting from the Evening Standard on the German plans for a 14,000 ton liner propelled by motor engines. 24 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/50 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, (Admiralty Yacht [HMS Enchantress]) to WSC, on senior naval appointments and on the composition of the Defence Committee, stating that the Naval members "ought really to dominate in view of the relative importance of the two services", and at least to have equal representation to the five Generals. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/118-119]. 20 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/51-52 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC, on naval representation on the Committee of Imperial Defence, senior Naval appointments and warship design. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/120-121]. 29 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/53 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC, on his decision to move to Naples [Italy], because of the "beastly cold weather", and therefore declining an invitation for a meeting with WSC on board HMS Enchantress [the Admiralty Yacht] in January. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/127]. 08 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/54-56 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC with thanks for seeing Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted], the founder of the Shell Oil Company, to discuss question of oil fired ships, listing the advantages of oil over coal, but stating that he would have problems getting the "old women" of the Admiralty to accept the argument; includes press cutting on a new Marconi Company telegraph station. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/128]. 10 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/57 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to James Masterton-Smith, [Private Secretary to WSC], sending a copy of a letter he had written eight years earlier, asking him to give it to WSC "if you see the First Lord lolling back in his chair doing nothing". [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/131]. 12 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/58-60 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC, on the new Board of Admiralty; also on warship design, criticising the Controller of the Navy [Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs] and the Director of Naval Ordnance for wanting to perpetuate battleships of the "Tortoise" type: "all armour no speed, inadequate armament and d--d costly"; advocating building 30 knot oil fired battleships as the United States was planning to do. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/122-123]. 03 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/61-66 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC, advocating the need for speed in warships, suggesting that he order a 30 knot battleship with eight 13.5 inch guns for 1.995 million pounds, to be delivered in two years ready for fighting. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/124-126]. 06 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/67-69 Letter from Admiral Sir John Fisher, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth (Admiralty House, Portsmouth [Hampshire]), to Rear-Admiral Prince Louis of Battenberg [Director of Naval Intelligence, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on submarine warfare, stating that the submarine would displace the gun and revolutionise naval tactics, and suggesting that the output of submarines should be doubled at any cost. [Hand-written copy, with annotations by Fisher, written in 1911; typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/129-130]. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 13/2/70-75 Letter from Admiral Sir John Fisher [Commander-in- Chief, Portsmouth] (Admiralty House, Portsmouth [Hampshire]) to Arthur Balfour [Prime Minister] on submarine warfare, stating that the submarine would displace the gun and revolutionise naval tactics, suggesting that the output of submarines should be doubled at any cost. [Hand-written copy, with annotations by Fisher, written in 1911; typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/132-134]. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 13/2/76-85 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (the Excelsior, Naples [Italy]) to WSC, with congratulations on the appointment of Sir Francis Hopwood [as additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough], citing examples of waste in the Admiralty; also deeply regretting WSC's "halting steps about submarines", stating that they were the one "strategical and tactical requirement both in a war with Germany and to attract the United States to us"; also hoping that he had met Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe: "Quite likely you will be disappointed. He is so quiet, but has all the Nelsonic attributes", stating that he would win the "Battle of Armageddon on 21 Oct 1914 - Make a note of that date)"; includes cutting on command of the sea. [Typescript copy at CHAR 13/2/135-139]. 30 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/86-92 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Reigate Priory, Surrey) to [WSC], on senior naval appointments; also recommending that WSC give close personal attention to the question of promotion to commissioned rank from the lower deck, stating that he should "fight like hell" against increasing entry of cadets, and that the remedy was to promote more "Bluejackets" and Marines from Warrant Officers. [Hand-written, with carbon copy]. [Nov] [1911]
CHAR 13/2/93-94 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerland], to WSC, with congratulations on his appointment as First Lord of the Admiralty, offering to come to London and give him "all the help in my power", giving his views on senior Naval appointments, commenting that Admiral of the Fleet Sir Arthur Wilson [1st Sea Lord] was magnificent at sea, but had wrecked Reginald McKenna [WSC's predecessor] ashore, that until Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe commands the Home Fleet "Wilson is our Admiralissimo! Jellicoe is as great as Nelson, but is not senior enough yet", recommending Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as 1st Sea Lord and stating that he would offer to be WSC's "Chief of the Navy General Staff - there is room for an immense coup there but I don't want to embarrass you". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/1-5]. 26 Oct 1911
CHAR 13/2/95-97 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerland] to WSC, on senior staff appointments, recommending Maurice Hankey [Assistant Secretary of the Committee of Imperial Defence] to be Secretary of the Committee: "He is Napoleonic"; also on warship design, reminding WSC that "Armour is Vision" and that there were only two types to concentrate on, "the smallest Big-ship and the Biggest Small-ship". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/6-9]. 02 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/98-99 Letter from Admiral of the Lord Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerland] to WSC, on senior naval appointments, emphasising the advantage of having Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven] as the predominating influence among the Sea Lords, stating that he was the ablest Admiral after Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe and it was a "flash of genius" to think of him for the most critical post - "the man for the Ship-building Policy! That's your knotty point". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/10-12]. 04 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/100-101 Letter from Admiral of the Lord Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC: "I honestly think I can be a big help to you! I don't claim to be a genius, but I know a d--d fool when I see him", offering advice on senior appointments and on warship design: "Speed, Big Gun and Cheapness - these are the three fundamentals, and you can have them". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/13-15]. 04 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/102-104 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, commenting on Charles A'Court-Repington [earlier Charles A'Court]'s writings on naval strategy: "these soldiers are such d--d fools when they wade out to sea!", stating that "sea strategy is so simple that it completely deceives these great brains", also on the advantage of a Naval War Staff, which meant that the country was not ruined if there was a "d--d fool" as 1st Sea Lord. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/16-20]. 06 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/105-107 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on senior naval appointments: recommending Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, a "splendid sailor" but with no genius for administration, as 1st Sea Lord, and stating that of Bridgeman's rivals, Admiral Sir William May would "sell WSC", and would be at daggers drawn with Prince Louis of Battenberg [later 1st Lord Milford Haven], and Rear-Admiral Sir [Archibald] Berkeley Milne was a "sneak of the dirtiest kind" and was distrusted by everyone; also recommending Admiral Sir George Neville for the Home Fleet, "the only fit man until [Vice-Admiral Sir John] Jellicoe gets senior enough" and stating that Admiral Sir Reginald Custance was quite unfit for the post; Captain William Pakenham would be excellent as 4th Sea Lord, and Admiral Sir Henry Jackson would be a perfect 2nd Sea Lord. Also includes statements on ship design and armament, stating that the 15 inch gun would "stagger humanity", and that cheapness, the big-gun and speed were essential; Fisher concludes that Admiral Lord Charles Beresford was a fool, and that WSC knew how to fool him. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/21-25]. 10 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/108-109 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]) to WSC, on the mobilization of the Fleet, and on the protection of commerce and food supply, recommending that he talk to Captain Francis Haworth-Booth, Naval Representative for Australia, who had engineered the most recent mobilization, stating that he was one of Fisher's "favourites": he had picked him "right down at the bottom ... he has had half his stomach cut out, but his brain is like a hive of bees"; also recommending that WSC speak to the "incomparable" Maurice Hankey [Assistant Secretary, Committee of Imperial Defence] on protection of commerce and food supply; also on the importance of naval aviation, which would supersede small cruisers and intelligence vessels, praising WSC for his decision to push aviation, but pleading with him not to take away young naval officers, "suckled on gunnery and sea fighting" to do a job a civilian could do better: "The civilian airman can always carry an expert for observing". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/26-28]. 10 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/110-111 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, Switzerland] to WSC, suggesting a meeting aboard HMS Enchantress [Admiralty Yacht] in December, combining it with visits to the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and the Engineering School at Plymouth [Devon]; also on senior Naval appointments, advising WSC to get rid of Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs, 3rd Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy, describing him a "servile copyist"; stating that it was scandalous that the Royal Navy was behind the "whole world" in internal combustion propulsion, the first time in sea history that the Royal Navy had not led the way. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/29-32]. 11 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/112-113 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on naval gunnery and warship design, advocating "size and subdivision" against the "torpedo bogey". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/33-35]. 13 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/114 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher ("in the train") to WSC on senior naval appointments, stating that if Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs did not remain as 3rd Sea Lord and Controller, Captain Arthur Waymouth would make be an excellent successor. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/40]. 20 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/115-116 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, on senior naval appointments, advising him to "make no appointment afloat for anyone senior to [Vice-Admiral] Sir John Jellicoe otherwise you will be in a fix in two years time when you wish him to be Admiralissimo". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/41-44]. 22 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/117 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne [Switzerland]), to WSC, sending letters from Engineer-Commander Charles Taylor on engineering training in the Royal Navy, and Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted] criticising the Controller of the Navy and the Engineer in Chief over the introduction of internal combustion propulsion [see CHAR 13/2/46-47 and CHAR 13/2/48-49]. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/45]. 27 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/118-119 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC, on senior naval appointments, and on the composition of the Defence Committee stating that the Naval members "ought really to dominate in view of the relative importance of the two services", and at least to have equal representation to the five Generals. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/50]. 20 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/120-121 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC, on Naval representation on the Committee of Imperial Defence, senior Naval appointments and warship design. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/51-52]. 29 Nov 1911
CHAR 13/2/122-123 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC, on the new Board of Admiralty; also on warship design, criticising the Controller of the Navy [Rear-Admiral Charles Briggs] and the Director of Naval Ordnance for wanting to perpetuate battleships of the "Tortoise" type: "all armour no speed, inadequate armament and d--d costly"; advocating building 30 knot oil fired battleships as the United States was planning to do. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/58-60]. 03 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/124-126 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher to WSC, advocating the need for speed in warships, suggesting that he order a 30 knot battleship with eight 13.5 inch guns for 1.995 million pounds, to be delivered in two years ready for fighting [typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/61-66]. 06 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/127 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC, on his decision to move to Naples [Italy], because of the "beastly cold weather", and therefore declining an invitation for a meeting with WSC on board HMS Enchantress [the Admiralty Yacht] in January. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/53]. 08 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/128 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to WSC with thanks for seeing Sir Marcus Samuel [later 1st Lord Bearsted], the founder of the Shell Oil Company, to discuss the question of oil fired ships, listing the advantages of oil over coal, but stating that he would have problems getting the "old women" of the Admiralty to accept the argument. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/54-56]. 10 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/129-130 Letter from Admiral Sir John Fisher, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth (Admiralty House, Portsmouth [Hampshire]), to Rear-Admiral Prince Louis of Battenberg [Director of Naval Intelligence, later 1st Lord Milford Haven], on submarine warfare, stating that the submarine would displace the gun and revolutionise naval tactics, and suggesting that the output of submarines should be doubled at any cost. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/67-69, with annotations by Fisher, written in 1911]. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 13/2/131 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher (Grand Hotel National, Lucerne, [Switzerland]) to James Masterton-Smith, [Private Secretary to WSC], sending a copy of a letter he had written eight years earlier, asking him to give it to WSC "if you see the First Lord lolling back in his chair doing nothing". [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/57]. 12 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/132-134 Letter from Admiral Sir John Fisher [Commander-in- Chief, Portsmouth] (Admiralty House, Portsmouth [Hampshire]) to Arthur Balfour [Prime Minister] on submarine warfare, stating that the submarine would displace the gun and revolutionise naval tactics, suggesting that the output of submarines should be doubled at any cost. [Typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/70-75, with annotations by Fisher, written in 1911]. 05 Jan 1904
CHAR 13/2/135-139 Letter from Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher [the Excelsior, Naples, Italy] to WSC, with congratulations on the appointment of Sir Francis Hopwood [as additional Civil Lord of the Admiralty, later 1st Lord Southborough], citing examples of waste in the Admiralty; also deeply regretting WSC's "halting steps about submarines", stating that they were the one "strategical and tactical requirement both in a war with Germany and to attract the United States to us"; also hoping that he had met Vice-Admiral Sir John Jellicoe: "Quite likely you will be disappointed. He is so quiet, but has all the Nelsonic attributes", stating that he would win the "Battle of Armageddon on 21 Oct 1914 - Make a note of that date)"; [typescript copy of CHAR 13/2/76-85]. 30 Dec 1911
CHAR 13/2/140-141 Amendments [by Denis Kelly, literary assistant to WSC] to typed transcripts of Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher's letters to WSC. Jan [1939]
CHAR 13/2/142-147 Letter from Engineer-Commander Charles Taylor, (HMS Superb, Home Fleet) to Admiral of the Fleet 1st Lord Fisher, on engineering training in the Royal Navy, and opposition to the [1902] training scheme, particularly within the Engineering Branch. [3 typed copies of CHAR 13/2/46-47]. 23 Nov 1911