Admiralty: Office of the British Naval Commander in Chief, Germany: Papers
|Title:||Admiralty: Office of the British Naval Commander in Chief, Germany: Papers|
Papers from the office of the British Naval Commander-in-Chief, Germany, who was also the chief British naval representative in the Allied Control Commission. They include files on the disposal of German shipping, stores, and equipment; German personnel; general and naval policy; and ports and the control of shipping.
There are four main series of files, though some reregistration has taken place: File prefix A = disposal of German shipping, stores and equipment; B = German personnel; C = policy and control; K = port and control of shipping.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Office of the British Naval Commander in Chief, Germany, 1940-1946
Office of the Flag Officer Commanding, British Naval Forces, Germany, 1947-1949
Office of the Vice Admiral Commanding, British Naval Forces, Germany, 1946-1947
|Physical description:||102 file(s)|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
Ministry of Defence , from 1978
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The British Naval Commander-in-Chief, Germany, prior to the German surrender, had been Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force. He was also Head of the Naval Division of the Control Commission for Germany, though he was represented in Berlin by a Deputy Head who attended the BERGOS (Chiefs of Staff) meetings. As British Naval Commander-in-Chief, Germany, he was supported by Flag Officers for Schleswig-Holstein and NW Germany. His office was first at Hamburg and later at Minden. His title was altered in 1946 to Vice Admiral Commanding, British Naval Forces, Germany, and in 1947 to Flag Officer Commanding, British Naval Forces, Germany.
Apart from his role as Chief British Naval Representative in the Allied Control Commission, he was responsible for post-hostilities naval matters in Western Germany, Denmark, Holland and Norway, including the disposal of German shipping, stores and equipment, control of German naval personnel, and control of shipping, navigation and ports.