15/5/1915 Britain in crisis as naval chief resigns

Jacky Fisher had been recalled from retirement to head the British navy at the start of the war. However his relationship with Winston Churchill, the naval minister, has been fractious. Fisher was never keen on Churchill’s plan to force the Dardanelles and attack Constantinople. His own preference is for a naval offensive in the Baltic, directly against Germany. But now he has been ordered to provide more ships to support operations in Gallipoli.

This puts the last nail in the coffin of Fisher’s Baltic plan. Worse, to his mind, it would leave the British fleet in the North Sea dangerously depleted. Deciding that he has had enough, he writes to Churchill announcing that he is resigning with immediate effect. Fisher’s resignation accentuates the sense of crisis surrounding the British government.

Jacky Fisher (Wikipedia)

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