The Technical History and Index

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The Technical History and Index, subtitled A Serial History of Technical Problems Dealt With By Admiralty Departments, was a series of official publications prepared by the Technical History Section and other departments of the Admiralty in the years following the Great War. There are incomplete sets at The National Archives, Kew,[1] and the Caird Library at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.[2]

The uneven nature of the topics for each part is incredible. Those of "Defensive Armament of Merchant Ships" and "Fire Control in H.M. Ships" seem so expansive and weighty when set alongside "Darkening Ship" that one must wonder what bureaucratic underpinning could envisage them as chapters to be so blithely interspersed in a record of any kind.

Title Volume Part Published Notes
Submarine v. Submarine. 1 1 March, 1919
Darkening Ship 2 March, 1919
Naval Medical transport During the War 3 March, 1919
Aircraft v. Submarine 4 March, 1919
Height Measurement by Barometer and Thermometer 5
Instruction of the Mercantile Marine in Defensive Measures 6 April, 1919
The Anti-Submarine Division of the Naval Staff 7 July, 1919
Scandinavia and East [Coast?] Convoy Systems: 1917-1918 8
Poisoning by Nitrous Gases 9 July, 1919
Admiralty Oil-Fuel Pipe-Line from the Clyde to the North 10 July, 1919
Lethal Gases 11 August, 1919
The Instrument Branch of the Hydrographic Department 12 August, 1919
Defensive Armament of Merchant Ships 2 13 August, 1919
The Atlantic Convoy System: 1917-1918 2 14
Convoy Statistics and Diagrams 2 15
The Elements of Convoy Defence in Submarine Warfare 2 16 October, 1919 (Second Edition)
Escort Supplement to "The Elements of Convoy Defence in Submarine Warfare (2nd Edition)" 2 17 October, 1919
Evasion Supplement to "The Elements of Convoy Defence in Submarine Warfare (2nd Edition)" 2 18 October, 1919.
The Geographical work of the Naval Intelligence Division, Naval Staff, 1915-1919 19
The Development of the Gyro-Compass Prior to and During the War 20
Submarine Administration, Training and Construction 3 21 October, 1921
The War Work of the Hydrographic Department, 1914-1918 22
Fire Control in H.M. Ships 3 23 December, 1919
Storage and Handling of Explosives in Warships 3 24 October, 1919
Production of Smoke for Screens 25
Naval Anti-Gas Devices 26
Colour Filters 27
Guns and Gun Mountings 4 28 March, 1920
Ammunition for Naval Guns 4 29 May, 1920
Control of Mercantile Movements: Part 1 30
Control of Mercantile Movements: Part 2 31
Control of Mercantile Movements: Plans for Use in Conjunction with Pt. 30 and Pt. 31 32
The Provision of Armaments for the Auxiliary Services 33
Alteration in Armaments of H.M. Ships During the War 4 34 May, 1920
Naval Guns used for Miscellaneous Services During the War. 35
Gunnery Training During the War 4 36 May, 1920
Inception and Development of the Northern Base 37
Not issued[3] 38
Miscellaneous Convoys 39
Anti-Submarine Development and Experiments Prior to December, 1916 5 40 September, 1920
The Development of Model M.N. Eight Valve Amplifier 41
Supply and Distribution of Harbour and Sea-Going tugs 5 42 December, 1920
Admiralty Airship Sheds 5 43 August, 1920
Oil Fuel Reservoir at Rosyth 44
Minelaying Bases at Grangemouth, Dalmore and Glen-Albyn 6 45 September, 1920
War Measures Adopted Affecting Navigation and Pilotage in Home Waters 6 46 September, 1920
H.M. Dockyard Rosyth. Notes on Construction, etc., During Period of War, 1914-1919 6 47 September, 1920
Coastal Motor Boat Bases 6 48 September, 1920
Technical Notes on Echo Detection 6 49 December, 1920
Mobilisation of the Fleet: Demobilisation Records, 1918-1919 6 50 January, 1921
Development of the Paravane 6 51 July, 1921


  1. The National Archives. ADM 275/19.
  2. National Maritime Museum. PBB2521.
  3. Marder. p. 389.


  • Marder, Arthur (1972). Higham, Robert D. S.. ed. A Guide to the Sources of British Military History. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. ISBN 0710072511.