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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Grenfell
GRENFELL, Capt Russell, RN (fl 1914-1944)
Created 1916, [1944]-1945, 1978
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 files


Administrative / Biographical history

Lt, 1914; served on HMS REVENGE, Battle of Jutland, 1916; Lt Cdr, 1922; Cdr, 1927; served on teaching staff of Royal Naval College, Greenwich; publication of A cruiser commander's orders (Gieves, Portsmouth, 1933), The art of the admiral (Faber and Faber, London, 1937), Sea power in the next war (Geoffrey Bles, London, 1938), The men who defend us (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1938) and Service pay (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1944); correspondent for The Sunday Times, HMS SCYLLA, 1944; visited Germany, 1945; publication of The Bismarck episode (Faber and Faber, London, 1948), Nelson the sailor (Faber and Faber, London, 1949), Main fleet to Singapore (Faber and Faber, London, 1951), Unconditional hatred (Devin-Adair Co, New York, 1954).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1996.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copy of his account of Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, written on 4 Jun 1916. Copy of text of his despatch from HMS SCYLLA on the Normandy landings, 6-7 Jun 1944, broadcast on the [Forces Programme], 7 Jun 1944, with covering letter, 24 Jun 1944. Copies of extracts from his diary covering his discussion with Adm Hon Sir Alexander Robert Maule Ramsay about the planningof the Normandy landings, Dec [1944], and his visit to Germany, Jun 1945, including his observations on German scientific and technical developments and his interviews with British and German naval officers. Two letters to Grenfell's wife from Baron von Müllenheim-Rechberg, a survivor of the sinking of the Bismarck, May 1941, dated 1978, concerning Grenfell's book The Bismarckepisode (Faber and Faber, London, 1948).

System of arrangement

2 files

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide,published in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
Baron von Müllenheim-Rechberg's letters to Grenfell's wife are held at the National Maritime Museum (Ref: MS 89/065).
Related units of description

Baron von Müllenheim-Rechberg's letters to Grenfell's wife are held at the National Maritime Museum (Ref:MS 89/065).


Compiled Nov 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Marine engineering
  • Maritime warfare
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Military organizations
  • Operation Overlord (1944)
  • Organizations
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Shipbuilding
  • Ships
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Transport engineering
  • Vehicles
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Ramsay, Sir, Alexander Robert Maule, 1881-1972, Knight, Admiral
  • Rechberg, Burkard, von, Müllenheim-, fl 1941-1980, Count, German naval officer

Corporate names

  • Bismarck, German battleship, 1939
  • German Navy
  • HMS Scylla
  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Jutland, Denmark, Northern Europe

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