Tactical Division

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Tactical Division
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Active(1925-1939)
CountryUnited Kingdom
AllegianceBritish Empire
BranchRoyal Navy
TypeDivision
RoleMilitary Staff
Part ofAdmiralty Naval Staff
(1925—1939)
Garrison/HQAdmiralty, then MOD
Whitehall
London, Great Britain

The Tactical Division was a Naval Staff division of the British Department of Admiralty formed in 1925. It operated until 1939 before being abolished. The division was reactivated under a new name in 1958 called the Tactical and Weapons Policy Division. It was was administered by the Director of Tactical Division .

History

In 1920 reorganisation of the Naval Staff led to the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff becoming responsible for tactical policy and including ships and weapons development this led to the creation of a Tactical Section which he superintended. In 1925 the section was elevated to staff division of the Admiralty Naval Staff.[1] In December 1928 it absorbed the some of the responsibilities of the Torpedo Division and continued to function until 1939 at the beginning of World War Two when it was abolished.[2] In 1958 the division was reformed under a new name the Tactical and Weapons Policy Division.[3] [4]

In Command

Director of Tactical Division

Included:[5]

  1. Captain Alfred H.Taylor: February 1925-January 1927
  2. Captain Bruce A. Fraser: January 1927-December 1928 [6]
  3. Captain Henry G. Thursfield: December 1928-May 1930
  4. Captain Charles D.Burke: May 1930-May 1932
  5. Captain John G. Crace: May 1932-May 1934
  6. Captain Denis W.Boyd: May 1934-January 1936
  7. Captain Colin Cantlie: January 1936-January 1938
  8. Captain Douglas A.Budgen: January 1938-May 1939

References

  1. Friedman, Norman (2011). British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 9781848320789.
  2. Friedman, Norman (2011). British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 9781848320789.
  3. Mackie, Colin (January 2019). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. C. Mackie. p. 32. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  4. Mackie. p.32.
  5. Mackie. p.32.
  6. Heathcoate, Tony (2002). British admirals of the fleet 1734-1995 : a biographical dictionary. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. p. 89. ISBN 0850528356.

Bibliography

  1. Admiralty, Great Britain (February 1968). "Admiralty:Naval Staff Divisions". Navy List. London England: HM Stationery Office.
  2. Friedman, Norman (2011). British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After. Barnsley, England: Seaforth Publishing. ISBN 9781848320789.
  3. Heathcoate, Tony A. (2002). British admirals of the fleet 1734-1995 : a biographical dictionary. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. ISBN 0850528356
  4. Government, HM (1968). "Supplement to the London Gazette: Ministry of Defence (Navy Department)" (PDF). www.thegazette.co.uk. The London Gazette.
  5. Mackie, Colin (January 2018). "Royal Navy Senior Appointments" (PDF). gulabin.com. C. Mackie.
  6. Sainsbury, A. B. (25 February 1999). "Obituary: Vice-Admiral Sir Hugh Martell". The Independent.