Copy typewritten letter from Frederick Lanchester to Geoffrey Smith

Scope and Content

Views on naval affairs in the Far East; loss of our ships to the Japanese a result of not concentrating sufficient force to attack (i.e. N² law); also we ought to have crushed the French fleet in immediately France gave in; we must smash the French fleet in order to release our naval strength for service elsewhere; asks if Smith can put in a word for him with the Editor of ”The Times” with a view to that paper publishing some articles (for letter to Churchill entitled “Dakar” see LAN/1/12/42; for references to Gibraltar notes and letters see LAN/1/6).