Local Defence Division

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Local Defence Division
Board of Admiralty Flag 20th Century.png
Active1919-1944
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeMilitary Staff Division
Part ofOffice of the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
(1919—1920)
Office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
(1921—1923)
Office of the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (U boat and Trade)
(1939—1944)
Garrison/HQDepartment of Admiralty
Whitehall
London, Great Britain

The Local Defence Division [1] was an administrative division of the Admiralty Naval Staff established in 1919 it continued to operate during the early interwar period until 1923 when it was deactivated.[2] It was reestablished at the beginning of world war two in 1939 until 1944 when it was abolished.[3] The staff division was administered by the Director of Local Defence who reported to the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (U boats and Trade) during world war two.

History

The division was established in 1919 to assess the defence capabilities of naval bases and commercial ports and then prioritising them in order to recommend essential improvements so that necessary work could be carried out. It was in operation until 1923 when it was deactivated.[4] At the beginning of the second world war it was reactivated and remained in operation until 1944. It was commanded by the Director Local Defence The division was under the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff from 1919 to 1920, the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff until 1923. It was then reporting to Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (U boats and Trade) during world war two.

Head of Division

Director of Local Defence Division

References

  1. Marder, Arthur (2015). "4:Churchill at the Admiralty". From the Dardanelles to Oran: Studies of the Royal Navy in War and Peace 1915-1914. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781473849259.
  2. "Naval Biographical Database". www.navylist.org. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. "Naval Biographical Database". www.navylist.org. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. Roskill, S. W. (1956). The war at sea, 1939-1945. London, England: H.M. Stationery Office. pp. 23–24. ISBN 9780116301888.