THE FLATPACK BOMBERS : THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE ZEPPELIN MENACE
Ian Ritchie Gardiner ( 1950 ) was born in Scotland, and went to school at Fettes College ( Edinburgh, Scotland ).
In 1968, at the age of 18, he was commissioned into the Royal Marines. He fought in the Dhofar War ( Oman, 1964 - 1976 ) from 1973 to 1975. He was then decorated for his services with the Omani Distinguished Service Medal for Gallantry. Ian Gardiner also fought in the Falklands War ( 1982 ), commanding a Rifle Company in 45 Commando Royal Marines. For over two years he commanded a Royal Marines detachment in the frigate H.M.S. Diomede and qualified as a Bridge Watchkeeper as well.
After the I.R.A. ( Irish Republican Army ) bombed the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal ( Kent, England ) in 1989, he was appointed Commandant to help restore the morale of the Royal Marines Band Service. His subsequent command of 40 Commando included his fourth operational tour in Northern Ireland. Ian Gardiner has also been an Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies ( London, England ).
In his final appointment as Secretary to the Military Committee at N.A.T.O. Headquarters in Brussels ( Belgium ), he was closely involved in the political and strategic direction of the Kosovo conflict ( March 6th, 1998 - June 10th, 1999 ). Holding the rank of Brigadier, Ian Gardiner retired from the Royal Marines in 2001.
From 2001 to 2004, he was Chief Executive of the Scottish S.P.C.A. ( Society for Prevention and Cruelty to Animals ). Then he began his writing career. His first book, In the Service of the Sultan ( 2006 ), was a first hand account of the Dhofar War. It was released in Arabic in 2010. In 2007, he was elected to the Council of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts.
Today, Ian Gardiner is a keystone speaker on leadership, a Visiting Lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College ( J.S.C.S.C., Watchfield, Oxfordshire, England ), and an author of military history. His second book ( the one presented to you here ) is followed by a third one, The Yompers ( 2012 ), which describes a fighting Royal Marine's perspective of the Falklands War. It was translated into Swedish in 2019.
( sources : Brigadier Ian Gardiner, www.iangardiner.com, www.da.mod.uk, www.scottishspca.org, Wikipedia )
I would like, from the bottom of my heart, to thank Brigadier ( Royal Marines ) Ian Gardiner for his trust, his kindness and his precious help in sharing documents to prepare his short biography. This " venture " could not be possible without his consent and his participation as well. I am deeply grateful to him. " Per Mare, Per Terram ! "