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Old Friends New EnemiesVolume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945$
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Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen, and John Horsfield

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201502.001.0001

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Somerville and Mountbatten: Denouement

Somerville and Mountbatten: Denouement

(p.304) XI Somerville and Mountbatten: Denouement
Old Friends New Enemies

Arthur J. Marder

Oxford University Press

The first section of this chapter describes the operations of the Eastern Fleet. It discusses the arrival of the Saratoga and the Richeliu, the air raid on Sabang, Somerville's operational command, and the deteriorating relations between the admirals. The second section discusses the rift between the admirals, the quarrels over communiqués, Somerville's relief of command, Mountbatten's flawed understanding of Somerville's relief, strategic differences underlying the quarrel, and the disagreement between the Admiralty and Churchill on extending Somerville's appointment.

Keywords:   Sabang, James Somerville, admirals, Mountbatten, Winston Churchill

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