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by Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly KBE, CB, OBE, DL
C Eng F Inst Mech E MI Mar E F Inst Pet

Published 1991 by Marine Management (Holdings) Ltd. for
The Institute of Marine Engineers, London

A navy cloth bound with gilt lettering to spine with some very slight signs of wear. Condition between VERY GOOD PLUS and NEAR FINE in a similar condition dust wrapper.


ISBN 0-907206-40-9 227 pages 145 mm. x 222 mm Weight unwrapped 0.46 kilo


In the early part of this century, Admiral Lord Fisher of Kilverstone sought to rouse the Royal Navy by harnessing new technology to warship design and operation. The author (see below) was a contemporary of some of the most brilliant engineering revolutionaries of the century, who strove to continue with Fisher's reforms in the face of opposition from the establishment and Naval diehards. The near failure of the fleet to keep the country from starvation in two world wars led to drastic reorganisation in the 1950s and 1960s to produce the technologically advanced Navy of today. The steps along the way, from Fisher to success in the Falklands, are described in this fascinating history.

FROM FISHER TO THE FALKLANDS: These images give a general idea of the condition of the book and jacket. This is a very nice copy of a scarce book in an excellent jacket.
Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly's FROM FISHER TO THE FALKLANDS: These images give a general idea of the condition of the book and jacket. This is a very nice copy of a scarce book in an excellent jacket.
This image shows the spine of FROM FISHER TO THE FALKLANDS by Vice-Admiral Sir Louis Bailly: This book is "as new" and, as stated in NEAR FINE condition.


Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1929 and trained as a naval engineer. After war service in HMS Hood, Naiad, and Duke of York and as Professor of Marine Engineering at the Naval Engineering College, he studied petroleum technology at Birmingham University before becoming secretary of Lord Geddes' Oil Committee and chairman of NATO's Oil Standardisation Committee.

Service in HMS Bermuda was followed by personnel training and administration and engineering design. He was secretary to Lord Murray's committee on naval officer entry and naval assistant to the Controller of the Navy, before a year at Imperial Defence College.

Since his retirement he has served on the Civil Service Commission, as chairman of governors of Rendcomb College, as council member of the Institute for the Study of Conflict and as vice president of the Sea Cadet Ship Hood. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall, and the author of The Man Around the Engine, puplished by Kenneth Mason.


List of illustrations
Foreword by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill

Part 1 The Past 1882-1939

Chapter 1 The Profession of Arms
Chapter 2 The Fisher Reforms 1892-1915
Chapter 3 World War One and the Legacy of Nineteenth Century Drift
Chapter 4 The Great Betrayal 1924-1925
Chapter 5 The Locust Years 1919-1932

Part 2 The Long Climb Back

Chapter 6 Seeds of a Naval Engineering Revolution 1930-1940
Chapter 7 Full Steam Ahead 1942-1950
Chapter 8 Anything but Steam 1942-1960
Chapter 9 The Special Relationship
Chapter 10 The Navy's Oil
The Royal Commission on Fuel and Engines 1912
The Geddes Committee 1950

Part 3 The General List of Officers

Chapter 11 Future Officer Structure
The Mansergh Committee 1954-1955
Chapter 12 The Royal Naval Engineering Colleges
Manadon and Keyham 1955-1957
Chapter 13 The Entry and Training of Naval Officers
The Murray Committee 1958

Part 4 Stumbles and Triumphs on the Way Ahead

Chapter 14 The Impact of Reorganisation on the Mobility of the Fleet 1957-1961
Chapter 15 Office of Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy 1956-1965
Admiral Sir Peter Reid GCB, CVO 1956-1961
Vice Admiral Sir Michael Le Fanu GCB, DSC 1956-1965
Chapter 16 Less Weight and Larger Power: Towards Improved Mobility 1964-1967
Chapter 17 Management of Warship Design

Acknowledgments Index

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