PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 05:58, Sun, Dec 1, 2019
Lord Earl Mountbatten was a Royal Navy officer and second cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. During World War 2, he was Supreme Allied Commander of the South East Asia Command, becoming a favourite of Winston Churchill for his role in the recapture of Burma from Imperial Japan. After he served, Mountbatten’s primary concern dealt with devising plans on how the Navy would keep shipping lanes open if Britain fell victim to nuclear attack.
As he became more accustomed to weapons of mass destruction, Mountbatten increasingly became more opposed to their use, until May 1979, when he outright condemned them.
He claimed: “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.”
Fast-forward two years and anti-nuclear activist Lord Brockway sent a copy to Prince Philip, to which the Duke of Edinburgh responded: "I agree with everything he said, I agree that the arms race is ridiculous."
Prince Philip claimed the nuclear arms race was ridiculous (Image: GETTY)
Lord Mountbatten with JFK (Image: GETTY)
I agree that the arms race is ridiculous
Lord Brockway had written to the Duke about suggestions in a newspaper report that he thought a "successful defensive nuclear war" was feasible.
The Duke wrote back saying he was "in favour of multilateral disarmament”.
He added: “It is possible that