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Keeping in Touch

  • Ed Smith
  • Interview by: Ewan Burnett


At that time,

I think we'd got used to anytime

the squadron went away from home base,

it became very detached from home,

literally in communication terms.

Wherever we went in the world, there were telephone calls

by landline or letters, and that was the only communication

possible at that time in the '70s and '80s.

And that was what we'd expect

and that continued in the Gulf.

It was a greater distance but still

there was only telephone communication or letters.

And the telephone communication was cut off

at the beginning of the combat operations.

So there was no communication then,

only by letter,

and that was down to

how good the post was.

So it wasn't like today where there would be all sorts

of media communication, there was just none available,

which had the benefit actually probably from our side,

of being able to separate communication

from our normal role, from our work.

The people at home, the wives, the families, the children,

they had the unpleasant situation of watching the TV news

and getting a rather, all of their information was coming

through the TV and that was nothing focused on

the people they were interested in.

They couldn't relate the two, what they saw on TV

to what they knew the men were doing.

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