Lord Hankey (1877-1963) was a British civil servant and the first Cabinet Secretary, a top aide to Prime Minister David Lloyd George and the War Cabinet that directed Britain in World War One. Mostly derived from the author's diaries, which begin in March 1915, this study describes how Lord Hankey contributed to the development of the British system of Cabinet Government during the war years. First published in 1961, the two-volume collection is a history of the Supreme Command of the War; the conduct of the war, the development of the Supreme Command from Balfour to Lloyd George, and the emergence of the Cabinet Secretariat from the Secretariat of the War Cabinet. It contains intimate glimpses of the statesmen, sailors and soldiers who guided affairs towards 1918. This is a fascinating first-hand examination of the people who influenced the conduct of the war, and will be of particular value to students interested in its diplomatic history.
Preface; Part I: The Committee of Imperial Defence Introduction 1. The Renaissance of the Fleet 2. Naval Reorganization 3. Coast Defences 4. Naval Strategy and Co-ordination 5. The Committee of Imperial Defence 6. Policy 7. Grand Strategy 8. Economic Pressure 9. The Declaration of London 10. Supplies 11. Miscellaneous Precautions 12. The War Book 13. Empire Co-operation 14. General View of our Defensive Preparations 15. 1914; Part II: The Cabinet 16. The Outbreak of War 17. The March of Events 18. The Cabinet and the Western Front 19. Antwerp 20. Home Defence 21. Breakdown of the Old Cabinet System; The Cabinet: Names of Chief Ministers; Part III: The War Council 22. The War Council at Work 23. The General Situation. January 1915 24. Towards a Policy 25. The Policy of the War Council 26. Military Forces for the Dardanelles 27. Political and Naval Set-backs 28. Disillusionment 29. The End of the Liberal Government 30. A Retrospect; Part IV: The Dardanelles Committee 31. Coalition 32. Reinforcements for Gallipoli 33. The Supreme Command Among Allies 34. Belligerent Rights 35. The Freedom of the Seas 36. A Visit to the Dardanelles 37. Suvla 38. After Suvla 39. The Origin of the Balkan Campaign 40. The End of the Dardanelles Committee; Plates; Maps