29 November 1915 – More Dithering

On 24 November, the Admiralty tried to solve the uncertainty around they defence of the country from air attack by proposing that they would handle all enemy aircraft up to 20 miles inland.

On 26 November the Army Council replied resisting the suggestion but proposing instead that the navy should deal with all enemy aircraft approaching the coasts while the army dealt with all those which succeeded in coming inland. This was accepted by the Admiralty and today the proposal was put before the War Committee of the Cabinet.

Unfortunately, Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War was absent at the Dardanelles and the War Committee were reluctant to give a formal decision before without his views. Consequently they merely ‘took note’ that the Admiralty and the Army Council had agreed in principle on the transfer of responsibility. The defence of the country was once again left in a fudge.

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