Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope
piece : design : Admiral of the Fleet Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, bust, left profile, in uniform
piece : text : "ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET VISCOUNT CUNNINGHAM OF HYNDHOPE" (outer edge) & "COMMANDER IN CHIEF MEDITERRANEAN FLEET 1940-1943"
(left inner edge) & "FIRST SEA LORD 1943-1946" (right inner edge)
Study in plaster by French artist Georges Guiraud (1901-1989) for a large format portrait medal of Admiral of the Fleet
Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope (1883-1963) to commemorate his commands in the Second World War and tenure as First Sea Lord between 1943
and 1946. On the outbreak of war in 1939 Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham was Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, and notably was
responsible for the raid on the Italian Fleet at Taranto (November 1940) and the successful action off Cape Matapan (March 1941). In
November 1942 he was Chief of Allied Naval Operations for the invasion of French North Africa (Operation 'Torch'). Between December 1942
and February 1943 he was a member of the British Military Mission in Washington, after which he returned to the Mediterranean as Allied
Naval Commander-in-Chief. On the death of Sir Dudley Pound he became First Sea Lord, a position he occupied until 1946.