GREAT BRITAIN: Dickie on Top

WILL 1959 BE MOUNTBATTEN'S YEAR? cried a headline in Lord Beaverbrook's London Sunday Express. Next morning Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma, walked into his office as First Sea Lord, waving the Sunday Express, beamed matter-of-factly: "The Beaver's attacking me again—I must be due for a promotion." Within 48 hours came the announcement: next July, when R.A.F. Marshal Sir William Dickson retires, Lord Mountbatten will become Chief of the Defense Staff, top military man over all Britain's services.

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