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Gripping miniseries of one pivotal hero in history...
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Seeing this miniseries on American public TV (late 70s/early 80s) made Lord Louis Mountbatten one of my heroes. I recall that the miniseries was excellently produced and interesting overall. Nowadays I remember clearly only two anecdotes, both of which show Lord Louis' inborn genius for handling people.

In one (at a formal public event outdoors (possibly re the independence of India and creation of Pakistan), attended by thousands of standees, word came to him that riot was imminent from a faction. Immediately he urged the crowd, "Sit down! Sit down!" What a simple yet brilliant insight! Rioting is near-impossible when most everyone is sitting...

The other moving story was told by a seaman who'd been aboard Mountbatten's battleship when it was sunk by enemy fire. In a lifeboat, Mountbatten and crew members watched as the ship began to sink. As it disappeared, Mountbatten shouted something like "The Kelly, God bless her!" and started a hip-hip-hooray. At first the crew's response was half-hearted, but it grew.

Then -- and this is the extraordinary part -- he started _singing!_ "Roll out the barrel, we'll have a barrel of fun..." --How bizarre!! But the dazed crewmen, following their leader, began to join in -- weakly, raggedly at first, then stronger... and (according to the eyewitness crewman) finished with renewed hope and strength.

I've heard some were critical of Mountbatten's career, specifically about his handling of the independence of India and separation of Pakistan. For all I know, they may be correct. But I say, the world needs more Louis Mountbattens...

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