In late 1939 he brought the Duke of Windsor back from exile in France and in early May 1940, Mountbatten led a British convoy in through the fog to evacuate the Allied forces participating in the Namsos Campaign during the Norwegian Campaign.On the night 9 May/, Kelly was torpedoed amidships by a German E-boat S 31 off the Dutch coast, and Mountbatten thereafter commanded the 5th Destroyer Flotilla from the destroyer HMS Javelin.Chief of the Defence Staff (1959–65) First Sea Lord (1955–59) Mediterranean Fleet (1952–54) Fourth Sea Lord (1950–52) Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943–46) Chief of Combined Operations (1941–43) HMS Illustrious (1941) HMS Kelly (1939–41) HMS Wishart (1934–36) HMS Daring (1934)Knight of the Garter Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath Member of the Order of Merit Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order Distinguished Service Order Mentioned in Despatches (born Prince Louis of Battenberg; 25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979) was a British naval officer and statesman, an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Elizabeth II.
HMS P.31 took part in the Peace River Pageant on 4 April 1919.
Mountbatten attended Christ's College, Cambridge for two terms, starting in October 1919, where he studied English literature (including John Milton and Lord Byron) in a programme that was specially designed for ex-servicemen.
Mountbatten had to command a platoon of stokers, many of whom had never handled a rifle before, in northern England.
Mountbatten survived the deep defence cuts known as the Geddes Axe.
He was elected for a term to the Standing Committee of the Cambridge Union Society, and was suspected of sympathy for the Labour Party, then emerging as a potential party of government for the first time.