James, Admiral Sir William.


1st.ed., 1943. Xiv + 160 pp., frontis + 15 other photo-plates. Blue cloth ; gilt. 20 x 13cm. Front board slightly warped o/w FINE. A biography of Admiral Sir William Wordsworth Fisher, GCB., GCVO, RN. (1875-1937), captain of H.M.S. ST. VINCENT at the Battle of Jutland in 1916, an officer whom Marder described as "the outstanding admiral of the inter-war period." Fisher entered the Royal Navy in 1888. In 1898 he joined a three-year gunnery course at Greenwich and Whale Island but fell out with Captain Percy Scott, the famous gunnery expert, in command at EXCELLENT. The affair seemed to have little effect on Fisher's reputation or career and at the end of 1912, just 37 years old, he was given his first command, the dreadnought battleship ST. VINCENT. After the war he took command of IRON DUKE, commanded the 1st Battle Squadron in the Mediterranean in 1924, and became c-in-c Mediterranean Fleet from 1932 to 1936. The author reveals the character of a remarkable man whose sudden death at Portsmouth in 1937 robbed the navy and the country of a brilliant admiral.

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