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This not the usual format, it is a bit of interesting history from WW2 that I found loose inside an official publication.

 

I have translated it & have some of the documents to which it refers.

 

Anyone like to have ago at translating it?

 

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Clive,

I think this relates to Military System duties under control of the Commander-in-Chief being transfer to Secretary of State.

 

KR being King's Regulations.

Pretty good going Richard that's 3 out of 4 just need to rethink on MS

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Thanks Clive!

 

Well, I think the letter relates to the newspaper cutting in this link;

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TS19010329.2.20

 

Good bit of research there Richard. Its all part of that general buzz after the Crimea that focussed the attention of seventeen Royal Commissions, eighteen Parliamentary Select Committees and nineteen War Office Committees!

 

Although I will seek to show at the end that something in the letter may be not quite right.

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Here is the bit about the C in C

 

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Then C in C abolished

 

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I don't have KR but here is QR (ER) (I doubt if the actual duties have changed much)

 

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But looking at QR (VR) 1859 the MS was already under control of C in C!

 

So did MS pass out of C in C control & then back again in 1901? Or did the seventeen Royal Commissions, eighteen Parliamentary Select Committees and nineteen War Office Committees actually forget who controlled the MS? Makes you wonder!

 

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Took a bit of head scratching to work it out.
It is often someone carefully observing on the sidelines that spots the crucial clue that the lead poster doesn't quite get :D

(Didn't see you at GDSF this year, did you go?)

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Isn't this what led to the formation of the General Staff, based of all things on the Prussian Pattern?

 

Well I have a War Office publication dated 1807 that refers to General staff.

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