Churchill’s Anchor

Robin Brodhurst

Date Published :
July 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
1x16 b/w plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473841833
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Dudley Pound served for longer on the Chiefs of Staff Committee in wartime than any other serviceman in either of the two World Wars. He was the professional head of the Royal Navy from July 1939 until his resignation, shortly before his death, in August 1943. He had to cope with the problems of Hitler by day and Churchill by night, of trying to make the old ships of the Royal Navy face the challenge of the modern navies of Germany, Italy and Japan. Pound had to run the operational HQ of the Admiralty while also chairing the Chiefs of Staff Committee. As such he was involved in some of the most controversial decisions in the Naval War in Norway 1940, the sinking of the French Fleet, the dispatch of The Prince of Wales and Repulse to Singapore, the scattering of convoy PQ17 while, all the while, courageously fighting failing health and enduring huge strain. However by the time of his death the Battle of the Atlantic had been won and the Mediterranean cleared.

Churchill’s Anchor aims to put Dudley Pound’s achievements into context. He held a succession of key commands from a battleship at Jutland to the Mediterranean fleet for four years, alternating with key appointments at the Admiralty. He was at the center of naval affairs from 1914 until his death in 1943.

About The Author

Robin Brodhurst is a published author who is Head of History at Pangbourne College, near Reading, a school with strong naval connections.


"This work is a well-compiled, and long overdue tribute to a man who put duty before all else - and expected others to do the same. In rehearsing Sir Dudley Pound’s career it brings all manner of detail that subtly changes even the well-informed reader’s perception of the first four years of the war at sea, while at the same time being remarkable sound and informative on the political and global strategic background, and on other personalities such as Brooke, Portal and the American admiral Ernie King. I warmly endorse this book for all with an interest in our naval history."

- Army Rumour Service

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