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Sample Autograph Signature: Louis Mountbatten

British admiral, Allied commander in southeast Asia, last Viceroy and Governor-general of India Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten (1900 1979) was born as His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg to Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg, a minor German prince, and Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, a granddaughter of Britain's Queen Victoria. In response to anti-German seniments and rumors that the British Royal Family must be pro-German given their German dynastic origins, King George V ordered the family to cease using their German names and titles. Thus, in 1917, Louis anglicized his family name to "Mountbatten." Like his father before him, Mountbatten pursued a career in the Royal Navy, entering as a cadet in 1913. He served as a midshipman in World War I. During World War II he commanded the 5th Destroyer Flotilla and then became Chief of Combined Operations in 1941. In 1943, he was appointed the Supreme Allied Commander for the South East Asia Theatre, a post he held until 1946. Mountbatten was appointed the last British Viceroy of India in 1947. That same year, he oversaw the transfer of power from Britain to the independent nations of India and Pakistan in August, and was created Earl Mountbatten of Burma in October. He then served as the first Governor-General of India until June 1948. His assumption of the post of First Sea Lord in 1955 was not without irony since Churchill had ask his father to resign this position in 1914 after being falsely accused of pro-German sympathy. He became Chief of the United Kingdom Defense Staff in 1959, holding that post until 1965 when he was appointed Governor of the Isle of Wight. Mountbatten's leadership was unsuccessfully sought for a coup against the then crisis-striken Labour Government of Harold Wilson in 1967. In 1979 he was assassinated by terrorists affiliated with the Irish Republican Army. Mountbatten best known work is Combined Operations: The Official Story of the Commandos written in 1943, but his first book, An Introduction to Polo, was published in 1931 under the pseudonym "Marco." He also wrote Report to the Combined Chiefs of Staff by the Supreme Allied Commander, South-East Asia, 1943-1945 published in 1951. His diaries were published posthumously under the titles The Diaries of Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1920-1922: Tours with the Prince of Wales journals of a Young Naval Officer on a Royal Tour of New Zealand and Australia with his Cousin the Prince of Wales, From Shore to Shore: The Tour of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, 1953-1979, and Personal Diary of Admiral the Lord Louis Mountbatten Supreme Allied Commander, South-East Asia, 1943-1946. Many of his speeches have also been published. The signature below is from a copy of a first printing of Combined Operations. Although not dated, it very likely was signed at or near 1943 since most of his signatures appear as "Mountbatten of Burma" following his creation as an earl in 1947.

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