Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma

British statesman and naval officer (1900-1979)

Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas George Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC (25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979) was a British admiral and statesman.

Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander, seen during his tour of the Arakan Front in February 1944


  • As a military man who has given half a century of active service I say in all sincerity that the nuclear arms race has no military purpose. Wars cannot be fought with nuclear weapons. Their existence only adds to our perils because of the illusions which they have generated. There are powerful voices around the world who still give credence to the old Roman precept—if you desire peace prepare for war. This is absolute nuclear nonsense.
    • Speech in Strasbourg (11 May 1979), quoted in The Times (8 March 1980), p. 13

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