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Edward Featherstone "Ed Featherstone" (Berkhamsted, Herts UK)

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BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: Memories and Reflections
BRIDGING TWO WORLDS: Memories and Reflections
by von Adam Dioszeghy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.44

4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read, 4 Mar. 2017
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Adam von Dioseghy's story is quite inspiring. It reflects the European story from the Second World War until now. It also serves as an example of how the United States, at least until now, has been a beacon of opportunity and a haven for those fleeing persecution and seeking freedom. It is a balanced view. Adam acknowledges his admiration for the courage of the young German soldier covering the retreat of his comrades as Budapest is overrun by the Red Army in 1945. He shows how you can survive under a communist dictatorship and the story of the escape is worthy of any thriller. But most of all he shows that with opportunity and freedom in the United States, also came obligations, including Officer service in the US Navy off the hostile shores of Vietnam. Where I would have liked more detail was how he resisted the communists in 1956. I would also like to know more about his long service as a trial lawyer. Here is a man who has reinvented himself several times in his lifetime and is still looking for new challenges. I might personally prefer a more joined up narrative rather than a series of snapshots and short stories but, hey, you can't have everything!

Special Forces Pilot: A Flying Memoir of the Falkland War
Special Forces Pilot: A Flying Memoir of the Falkland War
by Colonel Richard Hutchings
Edition: Hardcover

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a veteran's perspective, 26 April 2009
During the Falklands War I was in charge of flying in HMS Fearless, the Commando Assault Headquarters Ship in San Carlos Water. Many of the SF missions staged through my flight deck and on occasion I sat in on some of the briefings. I was aware of the outline of Dick Hutchings mission and knew it was happening but until now I have never known the details. From an insider's viewpoint I found the book fascinating and highly readable. The story of the mission on the mainland should have been told sooner and now there is a clear difference in the facts of the published accounts. Dick Hutching's exciting book has the ring of authenticity for me. One issue it highlights once again are the quite serious errors made by the SAS in the campaign. Here was a professional SF outfit with a high reputation questioning the navigational competence of similarly professional Fleet Air Arm helicopter aircrew. The failure of the SAS transit of the glacier in South Georgia and subsequent final rescue by Ian Stanley in a lumbering Wessex 3 helicopter was another. Then there were the three SBS troops killed one night during an accidental encounter with the SAS. Pebble Island was a huge success but they must be balanced by several avoidable failures, including the landing on the Argentine mainland.Dick Hutchings and the rest of the crew did as much as they could to achieve sucess. But the loss of the aircraft and the unavailability of three valuable aircrew may not, in the end, have been worth it.
One issue in the book where Dick is unequivocal and detailed in his criticism is the Vulcan raid on Port Stanley airport which he characterises as a failure and a waste of resources. Rowland White in "Vulcan 607" paints an entirely different picture. It would be interesting to hear further debate on this operation. At the time I thought it was just a ploy by the Chief of the Air Staff to get some good publicity for the RAF at a time when the purpose of having a separate Air Force was being questioned, as it still is....
Ed Featherstone
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