What is a War Cabinet?

Introduction A war cabinet is a committee formed by a government in a time of war to efficiently and effectively conduct that war. It is usually a subset of the full executive cabinet of ministers, although it is quite common for a war cabinet to have senior military officers and opposition politicians as members. United… Read More


What was the Committee of Imperial Defence?

Introduction The Committee of Imperial Defence was an important ad hoc part of the Government of the United Kingdom and the British Empire from just after the Second Boer War until the start of the Second World War. It was responsible for research, and some co-ordination, on issues of military strategy. Typically, a temporary sub-committee… Read More

What was the Imperial War Cabinet?

Introduction The Imperial War Cabinet (IWC) was the British Empire’s wartime coordinating body. It met over three sessions, the first from 20 March to 02 May 1917, the second from 11 June to late July 1918, and the third from 20 or 25 November 1918 to early January 1919. Consisting of representatives from Canada, Australia,… Read More

What was the Imperial War Conference (1917)?

Introduction The Imperial War Cabinet existed concurrently with Imperial Conferences (or “Imperial War Conferences”), which were held from 21 March to 27 April 1917 and from 12 June to 26 July 1918. Background In April 1917, the conference passed Resolution IX, which resolved that a conference was to be held after the war in order… Read More