Anthony Langdon was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 1960 and quickly developed an appetite for active service operations with 45 Commando in the mountains of South Arabia. As the British Empire faded the Royal Navy played an increasingly pivotal role by landing amphibious forces to snuff out “brushfire wars” in Africa and the Far East. For Anthony, these included the command of Royal Marines detachments in putting down of the Dar es Salaam mutiny, the Zanzibar coup, the Beira Patrol and blockade of Lorenzo Marques, the Muscat Oman coup (1971, anti piracy and gun running patrols in the Malacca Straits and the Indian Ocean. He was later appointed the Amphibious Operations Officer of HMS Fearless.
During the Cold war he was on the NATO staff of the US 6th Fleet based in Naples, Italy responsible for amphibious planning in Greek and Turkish Thrace. During the troubles in Northern Ireland Anthony served on the streets of Belfast and the wild countryside of Armagh with 42 Commando, and was subsequently appointed to a critical post co-ordinating counter terrorist intelligence and troop deployments under the Director of Military Operations in Whitehall.
With his experience of commanding men under extreme conditions from the arctic to the tropics and his understanding of the complexities of warfare on land, sea and air, Anthony Langdon brings to his guided tours of battlefields the perspective of the soldier. He quotes the American philosopher George Santanyana “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and argues that if we are to avoid the inevitable conflicts of the future escalating to war we must remember the lessons of the past.
|Areas of expertise (conducted tours to):
||1st World War
Arras, Cambrai, Italian Front,
Somme, Vimy, Ypres
|2nd World War
Arras 1940, Dunkirk, Italy South
Normandy: Gold Beach,
Gardening tours in CWGC Cemeteries,
The Italian Front
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(cleared to work with all age groups)
|Available for:||Group and personal tours for all age groups|