this post introduces a letter written 31 July 1979 by Earl Mountbatten of Burma to Captain Peter Hammersley RN and a draft of a chapter of Mountbatten’s memoirs that deals with nuclear propulsion. Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA shortly after this letter was written. Hammersley knew there were errors in the draft but chose to remain silent. Incorrect facts in this draft subsequently were used in Mountbatten’s ‘official’ biography by Philip Ziegler, published in 1985.
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