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Falklands Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward dies aged 81.

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    Default Falklands Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward dies aged 81.


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    Sad news. I think he was the last surviving senior officer to lead the RN into war. His book '100 Days' on the Falklands war, or as it was called, Operation Corporate, is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the real story of the naval element involved, and explains exactly why the Belgrano had to be sunk.

    It's worth bearing in mind that under his command the limited naval task force could never win the war on it's own, but it could have lost it in an afternoon. That was the pressure he was under, and he came through it a hero. He had a difficult job and did it superbly well, and for that Great Britain and it's dominions owe him a debt of gratitude to match any wartime commander.

    Although retired he still advised the Admiralty top brass on a regular basis, recently commenting "If you are a naval professional, then a navy without an aircraft carrier and the right aircraft on board is comparable to the Swiss navy."

    That's telling 'em!

    R.I.P. Sandy Woodward.

    Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    RIP Admiral Sandy Woodward he should have received much higher honours for his command of the Task force but had the admiration of the boys from Down South !
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    I remember him from the news reels at the time!

    RIP

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Sad news.

    RIP.

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    Quote by Woolgar View Post
    I remember him from the news reels at the time!

    RIP

    Nick
    Newsreels??? Christ, i've heard it's rough up north but.....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Newsreels??? Christ, i've heard it's tough up north but.....
    Haha!

    Wondered about Nick and his newsreels. I can remember the Falklands and I'm fairly sure it wasn't on newsreels!

    Come on Nick, it's time you were honest about your age......

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    Ha! Ha! Its just quaint terminology I am an old wartime romantic !

    "I remember the Swordfish taking off, I counted them all out and I counted them all back!"
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Quote by Adrian View Post
    Haha!

    Wondered about Nick and his newsreels. I can remember the Falklands and I'm fairly sure it wasn't on newsreels!

    Come on Nick, it's time you were honest about your age......
    He was 582 in May just gone.....
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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