Mountbatten: Apprentice War Lord 1900-1943 Adrian Smith

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Published: April 30th 2010

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Mountbatten: Apprentice War Lord 1900-1943  by  Adrian Smith

Mountbatten: Apprentice War Lord 1900-1943 by Adrian Smith
April 30th 2010 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 480 pages | ISBN: | 7.15 Mb

A far-sighted war hero or an ambitious networker promoted above his talents? Deservedly celebrated as a naval officer and confidant of world leaders, nevertheless, for some, Mountbatten’s talents remain questionable._x000D__x000D_In this timely newMoreA far-sighted war hero or an ambitious networker promoted above his talents? Deservedly celebrated as a naval officer and confidant of world leaders, nevertheless, for some, Mountbatten’s talents remain questionable._x000D__x000D_In this timely new biography, Adrian Smith paints a different and convincing picture, of an essentially modern figure of a technocratic age, a nuts and bolts officer specialising in the technical branches of the Senior Service, and aristocrat perhaps, but devoted to professionalism and the lower deck.

He traces Mountbattens life and career in the context of the end of empire and the fading Europe of crowned heads, follows his studies at Osborn and Dartmouth and, importantly, at Keyham College of Engineering. He shows the dedicated student making the most of average abilities but coming out on top, then service in World War I on Admiral Beatys flagship Queen Elizabeth, regretting that he could not serve at Jutland with his cousin, the future George VI.

His apprenticeship continued with service on state-of-the-art vessels like the Repulse, the fastest and most heavily-armed battle cruiser of the day, and took a significant turn away from the more glamorous deck officer role to the Royal Signal School at Portsmouth, later serving as Fleet Wireless Officer in the Mediterranean Fleet.

It was Mountbattens experience at Flotilla Captain and Captain of HMS Kelly and the failure of the Dieppe Raid, after his promotion as Advisor on Combined Operations, that both established his reputation as naval icon with the common touch - in the film In Which We Serve - and raised the controversy as to his strategic foresight. His qualities were to be tested almost to destruction as the volume ends with his appointment as Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia. _x000D__x000D_Smith brings Mountbatten to life and uncovers the essential qualities. Beneath the rich, aristocratic, pleasure-loving and privileged exterior there was a deeply human, even vulnerable but driven character - and a pivotal figure in the imperial and military history of the twentieth century.



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