The Louis Mountbatten that became a figure of history was never average and never produced an indifferent reaction, you either loved him or hated him. Mountbatten proved the theory that great men are not necessarily always good men.In this programmed we attempt to examine the man behind the self-propaganda. Mountbatten's naval record perfectly illustrates that he was, at best, only an average sea officer. Senior officers all agreed that the man with the highest opinion of Mountbatten was Mountbatten himself. So what drove this man? And how did his career thrive even after costly mistakes? One answer can be found in his family connections. Although only a minor Royal he managed to make his presence felt and he was calculating his attempts to ingratiate himself into the ruling House of Windsor. He engineered a marriage between his nephew Phillip and the young Princess Elizabeth and revelled in the prospect of the Mountbatten name replacing that or Windsor. But this was not to be the case - the Prime Minister advised against it and the family name was never changed. Mountbatten's old fashioned belief in royalty and dynastic maneuvering along with his tremendous self confidence and arrogance were both strengths and massive failings.