MEGALOCONOMOU BROS Lord Mountbatten Reports to Journalists on Exercizes ca. 1950 Athens [R/V] - x +

CN: MegB1950moun

MT: silver print on paper (13x18)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper center in Costas Megaloconomou's handwriting in Greek <the Lord Mountbatten explains / to journalists the progress / of the exercizes>, stamped at rear center <MEGALOCONOMOU BROS / GREEK PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS / ANTHIMOU GAZI 13 / (BEHIND THE […] ASSOCIATION) / TEL 21-000 […] ATHENS>

DN: Ms. Lydia Vassiliades - 2006

CM: Born on 25 June 1900 at Frogmore House, Windsor, as Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Battenberg, the future First Earl Mountbatten of Burma was always called 'Dickie' by his close relations and friends.

Son of Prince Louis of Battenberg and great-grandson of Queen Victoria, he entered the Royal Navy in 1913 and became an aide to the Prince of Wales in 1921. In the Second World War he was allied commander for Southeast Asia (1943-46) and directed the recapture of Burma. Appointed Viceroy of India (1947), he administered the transfer of power from Britain to the independent nations of India and Pakistan and served as the first Governor-General of India (1947-1948). He became first Sea Lord (1955-1959) and Chief of the United Kingdom Defense Staff (1959-1965).

Megaloconomou captured this photograph on Lord Mountbatten's visit to Athens around 1950. According to Costas Megalocomou's handwritten caption on the rear of the print "the Lord Mountbatten explains to Greek journalists the progress of [military] exercizes". The audience includes, on the second row in the dark suit, George G. Vassiliades, who after the Second World War had worked as a correspondent of various Greek newspapers in London.

While on a sailing visit to Ireland on 27 August 1979, Lord Mountbatten was assassinated by Irish terrorists who planted a bomb on his boat at Donegal Bay, off Mullaghmore, County Sligo.

[Megakles 08/2006]