Lord Mountbatten- Inside edge about his life

Lord Mountbatten was a German aristocrat. And, son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and Princess Victoria of Hesse closely associated with the British royal family. His great-grandmother Queen Victoria and his uncle, Prince Philip.

Mountbatten was a British naval officer who oversaw the defeat of the Japanese offensive in India during World War II. He was appointed the last viceroy of British India and first general Governor of India. In many ways, Mountbatten represented the beginning of the end of the British Empire.

Mountbatten early Childhood

Mountbatten was born into a prominent Battenberg family in Windsor. He attended the Royal Naval College Osborne, and joined the Royal Navy in 1916. Als ward-pretendant of Queen Victoria, – uncle of Prince Philip and – admiring – great-uncle of Prince Charles – he wielded Rasputin-like influence in the court under Queen Elizabeth.

He had a long and aristocratic career as a naval officer. And also, he led Combined Operations during the Second World War as an Admiral of the Fleet.

After the dissolution of the SEAC(South East Asia Command) in May 1946 Mountbatten ended the war as Rear Admiral. In March 1947, he became Viceroy of India with a mandate to oversee British withdrawal. After the war, he played a prominent role in public life. However, he coupled with his continued naval career, not least as Viceroy in India in 1947. Where he oversaw partition and independence although not without controversy.

Lord Mountbatten Career

  • Lord Mountbatten was appointed the Chief of the Combined Operations. And also, he was responsible for the disastrous Dieppe raid in August 1942.
  • He also commanded the destroyer HMS Kelly before it was sunk by the Nazis off the coast of Crete during World War II.
  • Lord Mountbatten became Supreme Allied Commander in Southeast Asia in 1945. Moreover, he received the Japanese surrender and persuaded Prime Minister Clement Attlee to become India’s last viceroy. Mountbatten’s second son acquired the Lord Louis mountbatten (also known as Lord Louis) courtesy title. And, he was established as a peer in 1946. He had two daughters by his wife Edwina Ashley, Lady Patricia, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma and Lady Pamela.

Life of Mountbatten after War

After the war, Mountbatten played a prominent role in public life, coupled with his continued naval career not least as Viceroy of India from 1947, where he saw partition and independence, though not without controversy. Oleary, who grew up in Northern Ireland and Sudan, points out that he was a war hero and a key mentor for Prince Charles. After India, he returned to the Navy and became the commander-in-chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. 

From 1955 to 1959 he served as First Sea Power and retired as a full admiral. He was the first sea Lord to occupy the official residence at the northern end of the arch of the Admiralty. And also a father and son served for the first time as the first sea lord in history.    

Mountbatten and role in India and World War II

Lord Mountbatten, was a Burmese officer in the British Royal Navy. He was appointed the last viceroy of India before India’s partition into India and India-Pakistan in 1947. He had an international background in the Royal Family. And his career included extensive naval command, diplomatic negotiations for the independence of India and Pakistan.

Moreover, high military and defense leadership was part of his life. Mountbatten had a long aristocratic career as a naval officer. And also led combined operations during World War II as an admiral of the fleet.  

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His position in India

Mountbatten served as India’s last viceroy and arrived in New Delhi in March 1947. His purpose of the visit was to end British rule in the country. As Governor-General of India from August 1947 to June 1948, he helped Indian princes merge their states. But the transition was far from smooth and Mountbatten became India’s first general governor. A position he held until June 1948 when he returned to Britain. 

Lord Mountbatten being received at Delhi airport
Lord Mountbatten being received at Delhi airport

Mountbatten made good relations with political leaders. Especially, Jawaharlal Nehru, but was unable to convince Muslim leader Mohammad Ali Jinnah of the merits of a united and independent India.

Lord Mountbatten death

  • Lord Mountbatten was murdered at the age of 79. When the IRA planted a bomb in August 1979 on a boat near his summer home in Mullaghmore, Ireland. On August 27th, 1979, Lord Mountbatten sailed to the lobster fishing grounds in his Shadow V wooden boat. In the village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo, Western Ireland where he had a holiday home.
  • Dickie Mountbatten and his family were enjoying their annual August holiday at his cottage in Classiebawn Castle in the village of Cliffoney in County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland. On a rainy day, they decided to have breakfast before boarding their 29-foot fishing boat Shadow V anchored about a mile from Mullaghmore harbor to pick up the lobster pot they had broken open the previous day.
  • Lord Mountbatten was accompanied by several companions, including his elder daughter Patricia, her husband, his 14-year-old twin grandson Nicholas and Timothy, his son-in-law, and mother Doreen Dowager, Lady Brabourne, and a 15-year-old boy named Paul Maxwell.
  • At 11.30 am, he boarded the boat with his daughter Patricia and her husband, film producer John, John and Doreen’s mother (Doreen Knatchbull) as well as his daughter and Patricia’s 14-year-old twins (Nicholas and Timothy) and 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, who had been in Cliffoney on holiday and helped get on board.
  • On the morning of the attack, the World War II hero and last viceroy of India was his 29-foot fishing boat Shadow V and six others outside his summer home in northwest Ireland. Part of the wreck of Lord Mountbatten’s boat after it was attacked by the IRA in August 1979.

Who assassinated Lord Mountbatten?

The assassination of the British King, a hero of the Second World War, signaled a dark period in relations between England and Northern Ireland. The attack carried out by IRA(Irish Republic Army) members was one of the most high-profile attacks in Northern Ireland. The murder of Lord Mountbatten, who had served in the British Royal Navy during the war, went from outrage to heartbreak at the escalation of unrest, a decade after the start of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The Provisional Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the assassination of Lord Louis Mountbatten. Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein president, apologized to the IRA for the 1979 killing of Lord Mountbatten’s uncle Prince Philip, a grandson of Queen Victoria’s cousin Queen Victoria.

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