Original British WWII Royal Navy Admiral Sir Harold Martin Burrough GCB KBE DSO Visor Cap by Gieves of London

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Original Item: One-of-a-kind.Admiral Sir Harold Martin Burrough GCB KBE DSO (4 July 1889 – 22 October 1977) was a senior Royal Navy officer and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff to the Royal Navy during World War II.

In September 1940 he was appointed Rear-Admiral Commanding 10th Cruiser Squadron. During World War II he was awarded the DSO after a successful raid on the Norwegian islands of Vågsøy and Måløy on 27 December 1941 in which nine enemy ships were sunk by the Navy and Royal Air Force and the garrisons were wiped out by the military forces. Burrough would serve on the Naval Staff for two years until 1942. In July of that year he was given command of the close escort force for Operation Pedestal, and subsequently placed in command of Allied naval forces in the assault on Algiers during Operation Torch, as well as directing the Northwest Africa landings.

After becoming Flag Officer Commanding Gibraltar and Mediterranean Approaches in September 1943, Burrough succeeded Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay as Allied Naval Commander-in-Chief, Expeditionary Force (ANXF), following Ramsay’s death after an aircraft accident in January 1945. Planning the Allied naval strategy and operations, working closely with U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the final years of the war, Burrough was one of the signatories to the German Surrender Documents on 7 May 1945 at Rheims, France.

He remained as naval commander occupying post-war Germany, where among his duties he authorized the formation of the German Mine Sweeping Administration. He then became Commander-in-Chief, The Nore in 1946. He retired in 1949, being created Knight Grand Cross of the order of the Bath (GCB) that year. He died on 22 October 1977 from pneumonia at the Moorhouse Nursing Home, Hindhead, Surrey.

This is an extremely rare and hard to find British Royal Navy Admiral's Visor Cap by the extra high quality maker Gieves of London. Features a navy wool body with white cotton cover. The wool topped leather visor is heavily bullion wire embroidered with two rows of oak leaves indicting the rank of Admiral in the British Navy. The hat band features bullion embroidered kings crown and brass anchor. The interior has Gieves name tag and H. Burrough is hand written in ink. Overall condition of the hat is very good with typical signs of use and age.
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