Naval Staff Monographs

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The Naval Staff Monographs (Historical) were produced by the Historical Section of the Royal Navy's Training and Staff Duties Division and published from 1919 to 1939.

An introduction to the first monograph in the first volume issued in July, 1919, reads:

These monographs have been compiled by the Historical Section of the Training and Staff Duties Division of the Naval Staff from Admiralty Records and original papers in the temporary custody of the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. They are intended to give an account of the actual course of events and their causal connection so far as can be ascertained from official documents and records. They are not intended to be critical and the tables and constant references to positions preclude any attempt to be literary. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 deal with much the same subject, but were originally compiled seperately for the use of the Staff College.[1]

The Royal Australian Navy has made freely available, in .pdf format, all the Naval Staff Monographs (Fleet Issue) for the First World War.[2]

The following table lists the monographs as published for "Fleet Issue" which may differ from the monographs as originally published.

Monograph No. Title Date Volume
1 Operations Leading Up to the Battle of Coronel July, 1919 I
2 The German Cruiser Squadron in the Pacific, 1914 July, 1919
3 Operations Leading Up to the Battle of the Falkland Islands July, 1919
4 Operations Against the "Goeben" and "Breslau," August 1914 September, 1919
5 Naval Operations in the Cameroons, 1914 II
6 The Passage of the Expeditionary Force, August, 1914 III
7 The Patrol Flotillas at the Commencement of the War
8 Naval Operations Connected with the Raid on the North-East Coast, December 16th, 1914
10 Naval Operations on the East Coast of Africa; August 1914–July, 1915 II
11 The Battle of Heligoland Bight, 28th August 1914 III
12 The Action of Dogger Bank–24th January 1915
14 The First Australasian Convoy, 1914 V
15 Naval Operations in Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf July, 1921 IV
16 The China Squadron, 1914, Including the "Emden" Hunt V
17 The East Indies Squadron, 1914
18 The Dover Command. Vol. I March, 1922 VI
19 The Tenth Cruiser Squadron During the Command of Admiral de Chair. 1914–1916. VII
20 The Cape of Good Hope Squadron, 1914 V
21 The Mediterranean, 1914-15 VIII
22 The Atlantic Ocean, 1914 IX
23 Home Waters, Part I X
24 Home Waters, Part II XI
25 The Baltic, 1914 VII
26 The Atlantic Ocean from the Battle of the Falklands to May 1915 IX
27 Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands
28 Home Waters, Part III. November 1914 to the end of January 1915 May, 1925 XII
29 Home Waters, Part IV. The First Phase of the Submarine Attack on Shipping in Home Waters, February to July 1915 October, 1925 XIII
30 Home Waters, Part V. July to October 1915. April, 1926 XIV
31 Home Waters, Part VI. October 1915 to May 1916 September, 1926 XV
32 Lowestoft Raid, 24th–25 April, 1916 March, 1927 XVI
33 Home Waters, Part VII. From June 1916 to November 1916 October, 1927 XVII
34 Home Waters, Part VIII. December 1916 to April 1917 May, 1933 XVIII
35 Home Waters, Part IX. May, 1917—July, 1917 August, 1939 XIX


  1. Naval Staff Monographs (Fleet Issue). I. 1-2.
  2. World War I Naval Staff Monographs.


  • Naval Staff, Training and Staff Duties Division (1920). Naval Staff Monographs. (Fleet Issue.): Volume I. Monograph 1.—Coronel. Monograph 2.—German Cruiser Squadron in the Pacific. Monograph 3.—Falklands. Monograph 4.—"Goeben" and "Breslau." O.U. 5413 (late C.B. 917.). Copy No. 292 at The National Archives. ADM 186/589.

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