The Norfolk and Suffolk tracks at Denmark Strait.
Stephen Roskill now has become the stronger input we have among the 3,
Roskill quoted Kennedy as the source in Churchill and the Admirals 1977. He thus disowned the story of the CMDS. He may have realised just how sensitive the subject was and left the "Patsy", Kennedy, to face the music alone. Especially when he read all the caveats Kennedy provided. Pafford's letter to Kennedy is dated 5th May 1973
P 239 in Kennedy makes it clear Tovey's errors in recollection date from as early as 1954. Do you have access to these words in Epilogue: Footnote one?
Again in 1954 he was under the impression he had received the signal about the KG V being towed home before Ark Royal's last attack and decided that "if Ark Royal failed to damage the Bismarck........to disobey the signal and turn back while we still had enough oil to get back to an English port" In another letter the same year he imagined that the signal had ordered him to continue the chase "up to the shores of France" Tovey to Roskill, Nov 11th 1954 and Nov 20th 1954).
Then follows the lengthy description by Pafford of Tovey's memory failings, but the examples quoted above date back to 1954 and Roskill knew they were wrong then.
So Roskill knew Tovey was unreliable in 1954 because the recollections on these other events were not accurate and Kennedy's information from Pafford re-affirmed this in 1973.
Roskill did not tell the CM story because he did not believe it.
knew and read the correspondence about this fact among Adm Pound, Alexander and Winston Churchill
no one ever tried to state that the Court Martial was actually started, neither did the official inquiry about it regarding RearAdm W.F. Wake-Walker and Capt. J.C. Leach.
when he declared those facts in writing to Stephen Roskill ( private letters )
Antonio Bonomi wrote:
I do not thik we need to add anything anymore, ... all is more than clear enough now.
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