The Army in 1906: A Policy and a Vindication

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John Murray, 1906 - 568 pages
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Page 397 - Committee consist of three members — two of whom must be the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for War...
Page 387 - He was followed by the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for War and the Secretary of State for Air, each of whom explained to the Conference the aspects of defence which concerned his special responsibilities.
Page 520 - We have been adding million after million to our naval expenditure. Are all these millions wasted? If it be true, as we are told by representatives of the Admiralty, that the navy is in a position such as it has never occupied before — that it is now not only our first line of defence, but our guarantee for the possession of our own islands — is that to make no difference to a system which has grown up avowedly and confessedly on the basis of defending these islands by an armed land force against...
Page 487 - Attempts to obtain favourable consideration of any application by the use of outside influence are forbidden, and, if resorted to, will be regarded as an admission on the part of the applicant that the case is not good on its merits, and it will be dealt with accordingly.
Page 523 - I believe, the universal opinion of all thinking men in this country, have come to the conclusion that the time has arrived when we must...
Page 481 - Council are the Chief of the Imperial General Staff, the Adjutant-General to the Forces, the QuartermasterGeneral to the Forces, the Vice-Chief of the Imperial General Staff, and the Deputy-Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
Page 505 - It is evident, therefore, that the Army we want is an army which will enable us to maintain our Empire across the sea in peace and in war, and which will enable us to resist raids at home attempted in the absence of the fleet. It is to create such an army that our efforts ought to be directed. Obviously, the Army which we now have is not the one we require, for it includes over 400,000 men who are not bound to go abroad, and the majority of whom are not required for defence at home.
Page 504 - The Commissioners were agreed in the conclusion 'that the Volunteer force, in view of the unequal military education of the officers, the limited training of the men, and the defects of equipment and organisation, is not qualified to take the field against a regular army.
Page 521 - ... subject of invasion. He has said that the question of the invasion of these islands in such a force as to inflict a fatal blow or threaten our independence is impossible. In that he speaks with the absolute and undivided authority of the Committee of Defence, and I want to know who is the honourable member who is going to question this ? The naval view is that the crew of a dinghy could not...
Page 387 - ... readily adaptable to the needs of war. Some materials already existed, however, from which a suitable organization could be built. The Committee of Imperial Defence had been set up by Balfour in 1904. It consisted of the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for War, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for India, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer. To it could be coopted such persons, including the Dominion Prime Ministers, as the Prime Minister chose to summon. It was there...

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