Admirals by Andrew D. Lambert

By Andrew D. Lambert

From the guy defined by way of Amanda Foreman as 'one of the main eminent naval historians of our age' comes the tale of ways this country's maritime strength helped Britain achieve exceptional dominance of the world's economic system. informed during the lives of ten of our such a lot outstanding admirals, Andrew Lambert's publication spans Elizabethan occasions to the second one global struggle, culminating with the spirit which led Andrew Browne Cunningham famously to claim, while the military feared he might lose too many ships, 'it takes 3 years to construct a boat; it takes 3 centuries to construct a tradition'.

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I am indebted to my friend Beatrice Heuser’s discussion of this subject in Reading Clausewitz, London, 2002, pp. 72–4. 9. 1801: Hughes, E. , The Private Correspondence of Admiral Lord Collingwood, London, Navy Records Society, 1957, p. 130. 10. On War, p. 112. 11. On War, p. 119. 12. 1805: Nicolas, Sir N. H. , Letters and Dispatches of Admiral Lord Nelson, London, 1847, Vol. VII, p. 241. 13. The Oxford English Dictionary. THE COURTIER Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham 1536–1624 The crisis of the Elizabethan state began when the Spanish Armada entered the Channel: Lord Howard’s victory off Gravelines proved decisive IN 1513 HENRY VIII WAS AT WAR with France.

The French ships were moored with their sterns on the beach, every gun facing the English. Despite heavy fire, Howard and a few men boarded the French admiral’s galley, trying to tow it out to sea, but his cable was cut and his boat drifted away. Isolated on the Frenchman’s deck, Howard and his companions were quickly driven overboard by French pikes. The other English boats saw nothing of the Lord Admiral’s attack, too busy fighting their own battles. The last anyone saw, Sir Edward was struggling in the water, vainly calling for assistance.

Parma did not control a single deep-water harbour on the Channel or North Sea coast; his army was hemmed in by shallow-draught Dutch warships. Without control of the narrow seas and the Flemish shallows the Spanish forces could not combine. Nor, given the communications technology of the age, could the naval and military commanders act in harmony. The key, as Howard knew, was the presence in the Armada of galleys and galleasses. 14 However, such problems were put to one side while Philip grappled with the greatest administrative task his kingdom had yet essayed.

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