Lieutenant General Sir Frederick & # 39; Boy & # 39; Browning was a decorated officer who served with Sir Winston Churchill in the First World War and founded the British Airborne Corps in the Second World War.
Incredible photos that map the excellent service of a British army hero for King and Country go to auction.
Lieutenant General Sir Frederick & # 39; Boy & # 39; Browning was a decorated officer who served alongside Sir Winston Churchill in the First World War and created the British Airborne Corps in the second.
In between, he represented his country as a bobsleigh during the 1928 Winter Olympics and kept guard over the chest of King George V during the laying of the princes in 1936.
In 1944 he played a leading role in the planning of Operation Market Garden, the allied bid to end the war with six months by conquering a series of bridges over the Rhine and Germany.
Lt. Gen. Browning came up with the expression & # 39; a bridge too far & # 39; when he expressed concern that the operation was too fat. He was played by Dirk Bogarde in the war epic of 1977, named after his sentence.
Although he took much of the blame for the heroic failure of the operation, he was still held in such a high regard to take the Japanese surrender in Burma a year later.
In the 1950s he served as the financial affairs officer for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
He and his wife, the author Daphne du Maurier, became close friends with the Queen and Prince Philip, who went on holiday with them to Balmoral and Cornwall.
But in later years he would have had and drunk a series of extra-marital affairs. He died of a heart attack in 1965 at the age of 68.
His godchild, Kristen Baker-Munton, has now released dozens of photos that document the career of Lt. Gen. Browning that the officer had saved.
Browning (photo center) studies a map in the field in Arnhem in 1944 in the nine days that British paratroopers surrounded the Germans
One of the officer's photos – who played a leading role in the planning of Operation Market Garden, the Allied attempt to end the war – is a picture of Churchill addressing soldiers. It is supposed to come from the Second World War
One is from the officer in the field in Arnhem who is studying a map of the area during the nine days that the encircled British paratroopers battle it out against the Germans.
An aerial photo of the head office at Nijmegan was also taken on the first day of the operation.
The black and white module shows 29 Horsa gliders and is annotated by Lt Gen Browning with place names and directions.
There is a picture of him who took over the formal surrender of a Japanese general in the throne room of the Government House in Rangoon, Burma, on August 28, 1945.
A montage of photos & # 39; s by Frederick & # 39; Boy & # 39; Browning service with command South East Asia – created in August 1943 as general strategic command over all air, sea and land operations on the continent
Browning (far right) is depicted with Lord Louis Mountbatten (center) for the total surrender of Japan to Southeast Asia in Singapore on September 12, 1945. Winston Churchill had appointed Admiral Mountbatten as Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia, a post he held until 1946
Another photo shows him the side of Lord Louis Mountbatten for the total surrender of Japan in Southeast Asia in Singapore, days later.
But one of the striking images in the sale is a painted sketch with the image of Lt. Gen. Browning was in custody on January 28, 1936 against George V & # 39; s body in Westminster Hall.
With that I thank a letter from King Edward VIII for the part of the then Grenadier Guard in the vigil about his father.
In the 1950s, Browning (left) served as the financial affairs officer for Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. He and his wife, the author Daphne du Maurier, became close friends with the Queen and Prince Philip (right), along with them in Balmoral and Cornwall
A montage of some of the photos of the royal family in the collection sold by Browning's godson, Kristen Baker-Munton
The photos were obtained by Mr. Baker-Munton's late mother, Maureen, who served as the PA for both Lt Gen Browning and Daphne du Maurier.
They are believed to have been given during a cleanup of his possessions in his marital home, Kilmarth, near St Austell, Cornwall, after his death.
They were passed on to Mr. Baker-Munton, 62, who now sells them. He said: “I was very young when he died, but I spent part of my childhood visiting Boy and Daphne in Cornwall for summer vacations.
& # 39; He has always been flawless with a ram-fishing posture. It is no surprise that his first duty was for his king and country.
& # 39; My mother has received many photos & documents from them over the years.
Browning & # 39; s annotated photo of Frederick & # 39; Boy & # 39; Browning of his headquarters at Nijmegan, Holland, for Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, the allied attempt to end the war with six months by conquering a series of bridges over the Rhine and Germany
Sketch of George V's coffin in the state at Westminster Hall, where Browning was the guard of the ruff's body while laying in 1936
Letter from Edward VIII to Frederick & # 39; Boy & # 39; Browning thanks him for his part in the vigil over King George V (left) and a 1st Airborne Division pennant staff, two parachute regiment badges and a print by Lieutenant General Browning (right)
& # 39; I really have no means to pass them on to my children. What would they do with it?
& # 39; It's a bit of a nuisance, just in a box if it's people with a genuine interest in the Boy Browning memorabilia out there. & # 39;
Roddy Lloyd, from Auctioneer Rowleys of Ely, Cambs, said: & # 39; Talk about service to your country. These photos cover the entire Boy Browning career, not only in the army, but also for the royal family and as an Olympian.
& # 39; He was well-conceived in the First World War and raised the Airborne Division and planned Arnhem in the Second World War. & # 39;