GRENFELL, Capt Russell, RN (fl 1914-1944)

Scope and Content

Copy of his account of Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916, written on 4 Jun 1916. Copy of text of his despatch from HMS SCYLLA on the Normandy landings, 6-7 Jun 1944, broadcast on the [Forces Programme], 7 Jun 1944, with covering letter, 24 Jun 1944. Copies of extracts from his diary covering his discussion with Adm Hon Sir Alexander Robert Maule Ramsay about the planning of the Normandy landings, Dec [1944], and his visit to Germany, Jun 1945, including his observations on German scientific and technical developments and his interviews with British and German naval officers. Two letters to Grenfell's wife from Baron von Mllenheim-Rechberg, a survivor of the sinking of the Bismarck, May 1941, dated 1978, concerning Grenfell's book The Bismarck episode (Faber and Faber, London, 1948).

Administrative / Biographical History

Lt, 1914; served on HMS REVENGE, Battle of Jutland, 1916; Lt Cdr, 1922; Cdr, 1927; served on teaching staff of Royal Naval College, Greenwich; publication of A cruiser commander's orders (Gieves, Portsmouth, 1933), The art of the admiral (Faber and Faber, London, 1937), Sea power in the next war (Geoffrey Bles, London, 1938), The men who defend us (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1938) and Service pay (Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1944); correspondent for The Sunday Times, HMS SCYLLA, 1944; visited Germany, 1945; publication of The Bismarck episode (Faber and Faber, London, 1948), Nelson the sailor (Faber and Faber, London, 1949), Main fleet to Singapore (Faber and Faber, London, 1951), Unconditional hatred (Devin-Adair Co, New York, 1954).


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Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1996.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Separated Material

Baron von Mllenheim-Rechberg's letters to Grenfell's wife are held at the National Maritime Museum (Ref: MS 89/065).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.