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"The Wit and Wisdom of Admiral “Jacky” Fisher" Topic


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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2023 4:43 p.m. PST

"Few men can have had a greater influence on naval warfare than John Fisher (1841 – 1920), later Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher. This formidable figure, a human whirlwind, was responsible for building HMS Dreadnought, thereby "making every other battleship afloat obsolete overnight" and for reorganising the Royal Navy in the years before World War 1. He did this in the teeth of strong internal opposition but he brought to the process keen strategic insights as to its composition and disposition. Had his career ended in 1911 at the end of his appointment as First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy his reputation would have been greater still. It was unfortunate that, at the age of 73, he was reappointed to this same position in 1914. Well past his best, he held it, in increasing rancour with his political opposite number, Winston Churchill, until he resigned in connection with the catastrophe that had developed in the Dardanelles operation against Turkey…"


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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 11:21 a.m. PST

A great but controversial figure.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 3:57 p.m. PST

(smile)


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Royston Papworth17 Sep 2023 7:51 a.m. PST

A real link between the old world and the new,..

And interestingly he was the first person to use the phrase "OMG!" – how strange that a curiously modern phrase is over 100 years old….

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2023 3:39 p.m. PST

Ha!…


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Nine pound round20 Sep 2023 5:06 p.m. PST

Fisher was making a joke that relied on his reader's familiarity with an honor, the companionship of the order of St Michael and St George, usually abbreviated as "CMG" in official correspondence after the recipient's name (and possibly also the Order of Merit, abbreviated as "OM"). A bit of a joke at the expense of the Admiralty of the day.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2023 3:47 p.m. PST

(smile)

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