John Arbuthnot Fisher

(1841—1920) naval officer

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Admiral. ‘Jackie’ Fisher was the main architect of the fleet with which Britain went to war in 1914. Between 1905 and 1910, when he served as 1st sea lord, he introduced two new classes of warship, the all‐big‐gun, turbine‐propelled dreadnought class of battleship and the more lightly armoured Invincible class of battle‐cruiser. Recalled to serve as 1st sea lord in October 1914, he resigned amidst great acrimony in May 1915 when he lost patience with his political chief, Winston Churchill, over the navy's growing commitment to the Dardanelles.

Subjects: Maritime History — British History.

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