A report on Ministry of Supply

Department of the UK government formed in 1939 to co-ordinate the supply of equipment to all three British armed forces, headed by the Minister of Supply.

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Minister of Supply

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The Minister of Supply was the minister in the British Government responsible for the Ministry of Supply, which existed to co-ordinate the supply of equipment to the national armed forces.

Rainbow Code

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The Rainbow Codes were a series of code names used to disguise the nature of various British military research projects.

The Rainbow Codes were a series of code names used to disguise the nature of various British military research projects.

They were mainly used by the Ministry of Supply from the end of the Second World War until 1958, when the ministry was broken up and its functions distributed among the forces.

Seaslug Mk. II missile

Seaslug (missile)

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First-generation surface-to-air missile designed by Armstrong Whitworth for use by the Royal Navy.

First-generation surface-to-air missile designed by Armstrong Whitworth for use by the Royal Navy.

Seaslug Mk. II missile
Seaslug on display at Wickenby Aerodrome, Lincolnshire, UK
Test firing from the trials ship HMS Girdle Ness (A387), circa 1961.
The Seaslug launcher mounted on the quarterdeck of HMS Glamorgan, circa 1972
The firing of the first Seaslug test missile from HMS Girdle Ness (A387). This version is based on the RAE's early GPV, and retains the rear-mounted boosters before they moved forward on the "long round".
Map with Seaslug operators in blue

Development was slowed by the Air Ministry who were opposed to the project as it might take resources away from jet fighter production and a lack of urgency on the part of both the Admiralty and Ministry of Supply.

Atomic Weapons Establishment

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United Kingdom Ministry of Defence research facility responsible for the design, manufacture and support of warheads for the UK's nuclear weapons.

United Kingdom Ministry of Defence research facility responsible for the design, manufacture and support of warheads for the UK's nuclear weapons.

The British nuclear weapons programme, then operating under the project name 'High Explosive Research' within the Ministry of Supply, established operations on 1 April 1950 at the former RAF Aldermaston airfield.

Minister of Aircraft Production

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The Minister of Aircraft Production was, from 1940 to 1945, the British government minister at the Ministry of Aircraft Production, one of the specialised supply ministries set up by the British Government during World War II.

The Minister of Aircraft Production was, from 1940 to 1945, the British government minister at the Ministry of Aircraft Production, one of the specialised supply ministries set up by the British Government during World War II.

In August 1945 the Ministry was abolished and a minister with responsibility for both aircraft production and the Ministry of Supply was appointed and the Ministry of Aircraft Production was fully merged into the Ministry of Supply on 1 April 1946.

Gowing as a student at LSE

Margaret Gowing

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English historian.

English historian.

Gowing as a student at LSE

Academic jobs in history were not easy to find in 1941, so Elliott joined the Civil Service, working in the Prices and Statistics Section of the Iron and Steel Control directorate in the Ministry of Supply.

Ministry of Aviation

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Department of the United Kingdom government established in 1959.

Department of the United Kingdom government established in 1959.

Its responsibilities included the regulation of civil aviation and the supply of military aircraft, which it took on from the Ministry of Supply.

Rolls-Royce Meteor engine

W. A. Robotham

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Rolls-Royce executive involved in the development of Rolls-Royce cars, during World War II of tanks and tank engines, and post-war of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars complete with bodies and then of industrial petrol and diesel engines.

Rolls-Royce executive involved in the development of Rolls-Royce cars, during World War II of tanks and tank engines, and post-war of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars complete with bodies and then of industrial petrol and diesel engines.

Rolls-Royce Meteor engine
Standard Steel Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn with Pressed Steel pressings 1953

In November 1941 he was appointed Chief Engineer of Tank Design in the Ministry of Supply by Beaverbrook despite his lack of experience in tank design.

Rocket Propulsion Establishment

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The Rocket Propulsion Establishment at Westcott, Buckinghamshire on the site of the former RAF Westcott has made a number of notable contributions in the field of rocket propulsion, including input on the rocket design for the Blue Streak missile and the propulsion systems on Chevaline.

The Rocket Propulsion Establishment at Westcott, Buckinghamshire on the site of the former RAF Westcott has made a number of notable contributions in the field of rocket propulsion, including input on the rocket design for the Blue Streak missile and the propulsion systems on Chevaline.

The K2 test stand for solid propellant rocket motors

The establishment was set up in April 1946 under the Ministry of Supply.

The south side of Shell Mex House, facing toward the Victoria Embankment and the River Thames

Shell Mex House

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Grade II listed building located at number 80 Strand in London, England.

Grade II listed building located at number 80 Strand in London, England.

The south side of Shell Mex House, facing toward the Victoria Embankment and the River Thames
The sculptor W C H KING with one of four sculptures he created on the Shell Mex House in London 1932
The green plaque marking the formation of the Royal Air Force

During World War II, the building became home to the Ministry of Supply, which co-ordinated the supply of equipment to the national armed forces.