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CHAR 19/3 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's minutes. [printed].

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CHAR 19/3/1

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, September 1939.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: various naval directors; the Sea Lords, particularly 1st [Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] and [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: safeguarding merchant shipping and the convoy system; Irish [Eire] neutrality; dummy ships; anti-U-boat action; naval construction; the safety of the Fleet in harbours such as Scapa Flow [Orkney Islands, Scotland]; cruiser policy; oil tank installations and underground oil storage; Germany obtaining iron-ore from Scandinavia; public relations for the Fleet; relations with Japan and Spain; Royal messages to servicemen killed on duty; leakage of information from Portland [Dorset]; Admiralty statistics.

1 32p
04 Sep 1939 - 30 Sep 1939
CHAR 19/3/2

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, October 1939.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: various naval directors; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; the Sea Lords, particularly 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound] and [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: publicising sea war successes; co-operation with Italy; new construction; setting up a statistical branch under [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell]; capturing Germans at sea; anti-U-boat action; Admiralty scientific research; requisitioning trawlers; German battleship activity, including the Scheer; safeguarding capital ships against air attack; Dominion enlistment; Finnish waters.

1 26p
01 Oct 1939 - 31 Oct 1939
CHAR 19/3/3

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, November 1939.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; the Sea Lords, particularly [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser] and 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound]; various naval directors; Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell] and Major [Desmond] Morton [WSC's Personal Assistants]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: Fleet bases; relations with Turkey; protecting Dover [Kent]; import and export levels; intelligence organisation in Eire [Ireland]; captured British merchant seamen; safeguarding ships from airborne attack; naming vessels; mining the Rhine; magnetic mines; [Vice-]Admiral [Bertram] Ramsay; the fishing industry; Germany obtaining iron-ore from Scandinavia.

1 24p
01 Nov 1939 - 30 Nov 1939
CHAR 19/3/4

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, December 1939.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: the Sea Lords, particularly [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser], 1st Sea Lord [Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound], and 4th Sea Lord [and Chief of Supplies and Transport, Vice-Admiral Guy Royle]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; various naval directors; Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: ground air defence of the Tyne; defending Fleet bases; U-boat losses; the murder of RAF officers in Aden [later Yemen]; naval strategy in the Baltic; vigilance over Christmas and New Year; the construction of King George V; the situation in the South Atlantic; plans to attack German ports; flak-ships; dropping time-fuse bombs in enemy waters; convoys; plans for the war in 1940.

1 32p
01 Dec 1939 - 31 Dec 1939