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CHAR 19/6 Official: Admiralty: First Lord's minutes. [printed].

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CHAR 19/6/1

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, January 1940.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: the Sea Lords, particularly 1st [Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound], 2nd [Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel, Admiral Sir Charles Little], and [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; various naval directors; Civil Lord [Captain Austin Hudson]; Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: a Royal Marine Engineer Unit for Scapa [Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland]; Scapa defences; marine action in France; the "doravane" and the "toraplane"; the "U.P." [unrotated projectile] weapon; the Fleet Air Arm; U-boat numbers; attacks by German aircraft on merchant shipping; photographs of the Bismarck; the possibility of U-boats in the Indian Ocean.

1 19,[1]p
Jan 1940
CHAR 19/6/2

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, February 1940.

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

Subjects covered by the minutes include: information from [Sir] Robert Renwick on new French aircraft; the supply of steel for emergency shipbuilding; Portsmouth dockyard [Hampshire]; the naval programme for 1940-41; air attacks on East Coast shipping; Japanese strength; the use of magnets for detecting submarine wrecks; naming a ship after [1st Lord] Jellicoe; the Plans division; the Fleet Air Arm taking over squadrons from the RAF; the submarines Salmon and Ursula; the reclassification of smaller war vessels; defending the Fleet from aerial attack.

1 23,[1]p
Feb 1940
CHAR 19/6/3

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, March 1940.

Includes texts of minutes from WSC (sometimes annotated with additional printed information) to: the Sea Lords, particularly 1st [Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound], [3rd Sea Lord and] Controller [Rear-Admiral Bruce Fraser], and 5th [Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Air Services, Vice-Admiral Guy Royle]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; Controller [of Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs, Sir James Lithgow]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; various naval directors; Dr [Alwyn] Crow [?Director and Controller of Projectile Development]; Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: the Fleet Air Arm; the reclassification of smaller war vessels; the internment of German seamen; naval strategy for the Baltic and Black Seas; the "U.P." [unrotated projectile] weapon.

1 16p
Mar 1940
CHAR 19/6/4

First Lord of the Admiralty's printed minutes, April and May 1940.

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 2nd [Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Personnel, Admiral Sir Charles Little]; [Permanent] Secretary [Sir Archibald Carter]; Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [Rear-Admiral Tom Phillips]; Controller [of Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs, Sir James Lithgow]; various naval directors; Professor [F A] Lindemann [later 1st Lord Cherwell, WSC's Personal Assistant]; Prime Minister [Neville Chamberlain]; other senior officers and civil servants.

Subjects covered by the minutes include: naval selection procedure; German occupation of Norwegian ports, particularly Narvik; HMS Hood and Illustrious; a German report on ammunition obtained by the French; deliveries of newly constructed ships in April and May 1940; the situation in the Mediterranean.

1 16p
01 Apr 1940 - 03 May 1940