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Former military advisor to Idi Amin, Mr. Bob Astles arrived in England yesterday

Former military advisor to Idi Amin, Mr. Bob Astles arrived in England yesterday


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Former military advisor to Idi Amin, Mr. Bob Astles arrived in England yesterday

Former military advisor to Idi Amin, Mr. Bob Astles arrived in England yesterday from Kampala, Uganda. He renounced his Ugandan citizenship and arrived at Gatwick airport without a passport carrying a declaration of identity issued by the British High Commission in Kampala.
December 1985
P017171

WATFORD
Mirrorpix
England

Media ID 21298678

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EDITORS COMMENTS
In this print from Memory Lane Prints, we witness a significant moment in history as former military advisor to Idi Amin, Mr. Bob Astles, makes his arrival in England. The year is December 1985, and the world's attention turns towards Gatwick airport where an extraordinary event unfolds. Having renounced his Ugandan citizenship, Mr. Astles steps foot on British soil without a passport but armed with a declaration of identity issued by the British High Commission in Kampala. This bold act not only symbolizes his detachment from Uganda but also highlights the complex political landscape of Africa during that era. As we delve into the image captured by Mirrorpix, our minds are filled with questions about Mr. Astles' motivations and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Uganda. What experiences did he have while serving as Idi Amin's military advisor? What compelled him to leave everything behind and seek refuge in England? This photograph serves as a powerful reminder of how politics can shape individual lives and force difficult decisions upon them. It invites us to reflect on the turbulent times that plagued Africa during the 1980s and reminds us of the countless untold stories hidden within its vast continent. Through this single frame frozen in time, Memory Lane Prints transports us back to an era defined by political upheaval and personal sacrifice – leaving us captivated by both its historical significance and human intrigue.

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