My Secret Falklands War by Sidney Edwards

By Sidney Edwards

While Wing-Commander Sidney Edwards used to be known as from a calming Sunday at domestic to an pressing, high-level assembly, his top-secret involvement within the Falklands struggle begun. no matter if sharing intelligence at the Argentine army, looking appropriate airbases for British planes, or growing the right hide tale to the world's media on why a British helicopter team have been came across close to the Chilean/Argentine border, Sidney was once quietly yet crucially affecting the result of the warfare. according to experiences to his superiors again in London—now on hand for the 1st time lower than the 30 yr rule—Edwards' transparent and compelling account finds the frenetic and delicate diplomatic task that was once happening behind the curtain in this brief, extreme war.

Sidney Edwards served within the RAF for 31years, and used to be provided the OBE, South Atlantic Medal and Queen's Commendation for helpful provider within the Air. in addition to the undertaking defined during this publication, Edwards accomplished excursions as a jet teacher, served as Air Attaché on the British Embassy in Madrid, and commanded complicated jet flying on the RAF relevant Flying institution, which incorporated the crimson Arrows. He lives in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

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All this was done in case of desertion—so they would have a thorough description with which to hunt him down. Discipline was strict. ) A court martial merited a maximum of 100 lashes. Desertion was punishable by death. A heroic sergeant, James Bird who fought on the Lawrence, was executed by firing squad after the battle of Lake Erie because he deserted from the Niagara—he actually missed that boat because of his girlfriend and had in fact caught the next ship out with the squadron. A red hot branding iron with a “D” for desertion was branded on the forehead of a deserter.

American losses were seven officers and 30 privates slain. Among them was the perforated body of Gen. Mercer. Also killed was Pennsylvania Marine Capt. William Shippen. After the Trenton-Princeton campaign, the three reduced Marine companies joined Washington’s army at Morristown, New Jersey, in those infamous miserable winter quarters. Levying Nicholas’ three marine companies into the army, against the invasion of Pennsylvania, seemed to crush the idea of an independent Corps of Marines. Next came the disintegration of centralized control by the Marine Committee.

John to the Governor at St. Augustine, Florida. But, by neglecting to secure the west door of the city, Commodore Hopkins failed to get all the powder. The next day, the Marines took Fort Nassau without firing a shot. The grand flag of the United Colonies was run up in place of the British colors. Capt. Dayton and Lt. Trevett captured the Governor, who appeared ready to escape. With the Governor prisoner, the 32-man Marine guard used at their discretion all the Governor’s wine and other liquors as they did everything else for which they had occasion.

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