A Life of Admiral of the Fleet Andrew Cunningham: A Twentieth-century Naval Leader

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 310 pages
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Cunningham was the best-known and most celebrated British admiral of the Second World War. He held one of the two major fleet commands between 1939 and 1942, and in 1942-43, he was Allied naval commander for the great amphibious operations in the Mediterranean. From 1943 to 1946, he was the First Sea Lord and a participant in the wartime conferences with Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt and the US Chiefs of Staff, deliberating the global strategy for Allied victory.

He also led a very active public life for almost twenty years after his retirement in 1946. Cunningham's papers are abundant for the period 1939-63 and are supplemented here by Cabinet and Admiralty records, papers of his service contemporaries and of Churchill, and by memories of his family and friends, as well as extensive US archives and private papers.
 

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Contents

Apprenticed to the Queens Navy 18831908
1
A Symbiotic Relationship 190818
6
Cowans Protege 191933
17
Challenges and Crises 193439
39
The Mediterranean Fleet June 1939June 1940
42
Mussolinis War JuneDecember 1940
58
Triumph into Tragedy JanuaryMay 1941
79
The Caged Tiger June 1941April 1942
106
The Invasion of Sicily MayAugust 1943
155
The Invasion of Italy SeptemberOctober 1943
166
Becoming First Sea Lord October 1943June 1944
173
The Pinnacle of a Career June 1944May 1946
188
Facing the Future January 1945June 1946
209
The Long Ebb Tide June 1946June 1963
219
Notes
227
Bibliography
283

King and the Kings Navy JuneOctober 1942
127
Return to North Africa October 1942May 1943
133

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Michael Simpson read History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and recently retired as Reader in American History at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is the Honorary General Editor of the Navy Records Society's volumes and is author of seven books, including: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1989), Anglo-American Naval Relations, 1917-1919 (1991), The Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Sir James Somerville (1995) and The Papers of Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, Vol. I: The Mediterranean Fleet, 1939--1942 (1999).

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