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John Fisher, 1. Baron Fisher

Geburtstag: 25. Januar 1841
Todesdatum: 10. Juli 1920

John Arbuthnot Fisher, 1. Baron Fisher GCB, OM, GCVO war ein sehr einflussreicher britischer Admiral der Royal Navy während des Ersten Weltkrieges. Als Erster Seelord prägte er die Royal Navy und führte dort die Großkampfschiffe ein. Allgemein bekannt wurde er unter dem Spitznamen „Jacky Fisher“. Wikipedia

Zitate John Fisher, 1. Baron Fisher

„Hit first! Hit hard! Keep on hitting!! (The 3 H's)“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p274 https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/274/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

„Churchill, 9 Sept 1917]]We want brave men! ANY BLOODY FOOL CAN OBEY ORDERS!“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

Letter to Admiral Beatty, dated 3 February 1915.
Fear God and Dread Nought: The Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone. Vol 3 (1959), p. 152.

„The luxuries of the present are the necessities of the future.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

Letter to Churchill, dated 16/1/1912, quoted in The World Crisis, Vol 1, 1911-14 (1923), Churchill, Thornton Butterworth (London), p. 139.
Kontext: The luxuries of the present are the necessities of the future.  Our grandfathers never had a bath-room....

„Jellicoe had all the Nelsonic attributes except one - he is totally wanting in the great gift of Insubordination.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 38 https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/37/mode/1up.
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up
Kontext: ... Jellicoe had all the Nelsonic attributes except one - he is totally wanting in the great gift of Insubordination. Nelson's greatest achievements were all solely due to his disobeying orders!..... Any fool can obey orders! But it required a Nelson to disobey Sir John Jervis at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, to disregard the order to retire at Copenhagen, to go into the Battle of the Nile by night with no charts against orders, and, to crown all, to enter into the Battle of Trafalgar in a battle formation contrary to all the Sea orders of the time! BLESS HIM! Alas! Jellicoe is saturated with Discipline!

„If you rub it in both at home and abroad that you are ready for instant war…..and intend to be first in and hit your enemy in the belly and kick him when he is down and boil your prisoners in oil (if you take any), and torture his women and children, then people will keep clear of you.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

At the 1st Hague Peace Conference, May 1899
Quoted in Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pEf98V-dbwoC&pg=PA431&lpg=PA431&dq=jacky+fisher+moderation+in+war+imbecility&source=bl&ots=UsLopgdefe&sig=FA9GN8mdf4T3qRbja8zCWvNWlzk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9quGN6abTAhWCJMAKHds2C2cQ6AEISTAH#v=onepage&q&f=false(1991), Robert K. Massie, p. 431.
This originated from the notes of the journalist W.T. Stead, quoted in full in Fisher of Kilverstone (1973), Ruddock F. Mackay, Clarendon Press, p. 223.
Kontext: The humanising of war? You might as well talk about the humanizing of Hell!...... The essence of war is violence! Moderation in war is imbecility!..... I am not for war, I am for peace! That is why I am for a supreme Navy....... The supremacy of the British Navy is the best security for peace in the world...... If you rub it in both at home and abroad that you are ready for instant war..... and intend to be first in and hit your enemy in the belly and kick him when he is down and boil your prisoners in oil (if you take any), and torture his women and children, then people will keep clear of you.

„…and you may sleep quietly in your beds.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

Speech at The Royal Academy Banquet, 1903, regarding the threat of invasion.
p. 83. https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n113/mode/1up
The phrase 'Sleep quiet in your beds' appears in Records, p. 85 https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n116/mode/1up and Memories, p. 202. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/202/mode/1up
The phrase 'So sleep easy in your beds' was used for the title for the sixth episode of the BBC documentary The Great War.
Records (1919) https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n0/mode/1up

„Favouritism is the secret of efficiency“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

The World Crisis, Vol 1, 1911-14 (1923), Churchill, Thornton Butterworth (London), p. 74.

„It is an historical fact that the British Navy stubbornly resists change.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 177. https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n218/mode/1up
Records (1919) https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n0/mode/1up

„The Frontiers of England are the Coasts of the Enemy.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 92. https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n123/mode/1up
Records (1919) https://archive.org/stream/cu31924027924509#page/n0/mode/1up

„We left our element, the sea, to make ourselves into a conscript nation fighting on the Continent with four million soldiers out of a population of forty millions.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 53. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/53/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

„O.M.G. - Oh! My God!“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

Letter to Churchill, dated 9 Sept 1917.
Original held in Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, file reference FISR 1/25/40-41 https://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F0014%2FFISR%201%2F25
Also mentioned in Memories, p. 78. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/78/mode/1up

„Can the Army win the war before the Navy loses it?“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

The World Crisis, Vol 3, 1916-1918, Part I (1927), Churchill, Thornton Butterworth (London), p. 283.

„I thought it would be a good thing to be a missionary, but I thought it would be better to be First Sea Lord.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 273. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/273/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

„Length of course depends on the stupidity of the class…“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

Fisher's notes in the front cover of his own copy of A Short Treatise on Electricity and the Management of Electric Torpedoes (1868)
Fisher of Kilverstone (1973), Ruddock F. Mackay, Clarendon Press, p. 48.

„We are an Island.  Every soldier that wants to go anywhere out of England - a sailor has got to carry him there on his back.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 53. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/53/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

„The humanising of war? You might as well talk about the humanizing of Hell!…… The essence of war is violence! Moderation in war is imbecility!…..“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

At the 1st Hague Peace Conference, May 1899
Quoted in Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=pEf98V-dbwoC&pg=PA431&lpg=PA431&dq=jacky+fisher+moderation+in+war+imbecility&source=bl&ots=UsLopgdefe&sig=FA9GN8mdf4T3qRbja8zCWvNWlzk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9quGN6abTAhWCJMAKHds2C2cQ6AEISTAH#v=onepage&q&f=false(1991), Robert K. Massie, p. 431.
This originated from the notes of the journalist W.T. Stead, quoted in full in Fisher of Kilverstone (1973), Ruddock F. Mackay, Clarendon Press, p. 223.
Kontext: The humanising of war? You might as well talk about the humanizing of Hell!...... The essence of war is violence! Moderation in war is imbecility!..... I am not for war, I am for peace! That is why I am for a supreme Navy....... The supremacy of the British Navy is the best security for peace in the world...... If you rub it in both at home and abroad that you are ready for instant war..... and intend to be first in and hit your enemy in the belly and kick him when he is down and boil your prisoners in oil (if you take any), and torture his women and children, then people will keep clear of you.

„"Tact" is insulting a man without his knowing it.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 273. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/273/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

„Even a man's faults may reflect his virtues.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

p. 273. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/273/mode/1up
Memories (1919) https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/n0/mode/2up

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