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Andrew Lambert’s recent book Admirals(Faber and Faber, 2008) deals in several places with this cultural change, and the subsequent even more important ones – the introduction of global radio coverage and now instantaneous satelite comunications and command.
He seems to regard Cunningham as the last admiral with some degree of freedom, achieved largely because of his friendship with Pound [First Sea Lord in the early part of WWII], but shows that it also worked in reverse. He gives an example from [Admiral Sandy] Woodward of the admiral on the spot using the system to twist the arms of both Whitehall and the Prime Minister to get action over the Belgrano during the Falklands conflict.
Paul Quinn