Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy birthday, British Lord Mountbatten

Photo by  Allan Warren
It is the birthday of British statesman Lord Mountbatten (1900), who served as Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War II and oversaw the recapture of Burma. He was head of the British Armed Forces in the 1960s and chairman of the NATO Military Committee. He was a favorite of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a friend of Noel Coward. He was instrumental in the establishment of India and Pakistan as independent nations. He also strongly influenced the upbringing of Prince Charles, who was his grand-nephew. Mountbatten was assassinated in 1979  by IRA extremists who blew up his fishing boat when he was on vacation in Ireland.

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