High quality, 1/14 scale resin bust of the young Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, designed for painters and collectors. This miniature represents Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh during the WW2. The bust has the portrait quality. Unpainted historical miniature bust of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, requires assembly and painting.
Some interesting facts about Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Philip’s war service began when he posted to HMS Ramillies in Ceylon in January 1940.
During the begin stages of the war he had been posted away from action as Greece was not at war, naturally, as he was Greek royalty, the British wanted to protect him from any harm, while on a Royal Navy ship. Even so, this arrangement changed of course, when Italy invaded Greece, leading to Philip assume form as an active participant on the Allied side. In March 1941, during the Battle of Cape Matapan, which happened off the Greek coast, Philip served as a midshipman on HMS Valiant where he held the position of operating the ship’s searchlight, overlooking any incoming ships through the night. He recollected:
Two out of five Italian warships that were sunk by the British had been detected by Phillip while on lookout, that had accumulated the loss of 2,300 sailors. It was Italy’s greatest naval defeat, leading to the acknowledgment in dispatches of Philip’s courage, for which he was presented the Greek Cross of Valour.
The following year, Philip was promoted, making him one of the youngest first lieutenants in the navy at the age of just 21, and in July 1943, he was once again back in action, aboard the HMS Wallace partaking in the Allied invasion of Sicily. The Wallace came under bombardment from a German plane, amid a night attack.
Philip’s time at war aboard HMS Whelp finally came to an end on 2 September 1945. The HMS Whelp was one of the ships that participated in the formal surrender of Japanese forces.
Phillip recalled, “Being in Tokyo Bay with the surrender ceremony taking place in the battleship, which was what, 200 yards away and you could see what was going on with a pair of binoculars, it was a great relief”. After the defeat, his ship became a vessel that retained former prisoners of war, having not been acquainted by ex-prisoners; Phillip was shocked by their appearance. “These people were naval people. They emaciated… tears pouring down their cheeks, they just drank their tea, they could not really speak. It was a most extraordinary sensation.”