SOUVENIRS. 20, 21, 22 JUIN 1975. CAEN, LE HAVRE, ROUEN, BRUNEVAL. A UNIQUE PRESENTATION ALBUM TO LORD MOUNTBATTEN Recording his Visit to Normandy on the Occasion of the Unveiling Ceremony of a Memorial in Bruneval, Signed by Colonel Remy; Later Signed and Inscribed by Lord Mountbatten to Émilien Amaury, the French Resistance Leader and Post War Newspaper Magnate.

Full blue hard-grained morocco by Goguillon, titles and double border in gilt to the upper board, titles in gilt to the spine. Housed in a card and morocco slipcase. Folio. 33 pages of text, 40 original photographs, several in colour and 14 photographic copies of newspaper articles, each with a printed caption, mounted on blue paper. In near fine condition, the binding square and firm, the contents with a little light spotting, the slipcase sound with only light wear at the extremities. Unique.

With a signed introduction by Colonel Remy (1904 - 1984), whose Free French intelligence network had provided information for the raid on Bruneval. Later inscribed by Mountbatten on the title page "Inscrit pour Emilien et Francine Amaury / Mountbatten of Burma / A. F" and gifted to Émilien Amaury (1909 - 1977), who as co-founder of the Rue de Lille Resistance Group, used his position in Philippe Pétain's government to supply Resistance newspapers with paper and other rationed materials. After the war Amaury went on to become one of the biggest names in the French publishing industry. In memory of the campaign to free France during the Second World War, Lord Mountbatten visited Normandy in summer 1975, attending events in Caen on June 20th, Le Havre and Rouen on June 21st and Bruneval on June 22nd, where in 1942 Mountbatten had, as chief of Combined Operations, orchestrated Operation Biting, the first allied raid on occupied France. For each town, the album contains a schedule, photographs of the events, and the text of the speeches given by Mountbatten, the speech at Bruneval being accompanied by explanatory illustrations of the raid there.

Stock code: 17753


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MOUNTBATTEN, Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma
[AMAURY, Émilien]
introduction by REMY, Colonel [pseudonym of RENAULT, Gilbert]




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