This excerpt from a letter from Jellicoe to First Lord of the Admiralty and former Prime Minister Arthur Balfour shows how strongly opposed Jellicoe was to the idea of breaking up The Grand Fleet into smaller attacking forces. The Allies had more ships than Germany did and this gave them the ability to dominate the North Sea, which limited German attacks and protected Britain. Jellicoe thought that it would be unwise to lose this ability and the advantage that it gave the Allies over the enemy.
Jellicoe PapersJohn Rushworth Jellicoe was a navy officer who commanded The Grand Fleet during World War One. He led Allied warships against the German High Seas Fleet and was involved in high-level decision-making about naval operations. The Jellicoe Papers comprise correspondence, memoranda, reports, charts and other documents either created or used by Jellicoe during his service in the Royal Navy.
- Full title:
- JELLICOE PAPERS. Vol. IV. Letter from John Rushworth Jellicoe to Arthur Balfour, 25 Jan 1916. Correspondence of Jellicoe with Balfour and others; 1916-1918.
- 25 January, 1916
- Letter / Manuscript
- John Rushworth Jellicoe
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- Louise Bruton
- The war machine
In the lead-up to World War One Britain and Germany were engaged in a naval arms race. Archivist Louise Bruton examines how the war heralded a new form of naval warfare that featured dreadnoughts, submarines and trade blockades.