Admiralty. Battle Summaries

Object Title

Admiralty. Battle Summaries

Admiralty. Battle Summaries

Reference

ADM 1

Level

Collection

Extent

2 volumes

Administrative / Biographical History

The Naval Historical Branch was established by First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill in 1912 to sift, develop and apply the results of history and experience, and preserve them as a general stock of reasoned opinion available as an aid and guide for all who are called upon to determine, in peace or war, the naval policy of the country. During the Second World War, the Branch produced hundreds of reports, including immediate Battle Summaries, which allowed rapid improvements in the Royal Navy’s effectiveness, and after the war, these were developed into authoritative histories which incorporated captured German materials and are used extensively with the defence community. They were a basis for the Official Histories and many subsequent works.