On October 19, 1983, following Maurice Bishop’s release from house arrest by thousands of his supporters and the crowd’s subsequent occupation of Fort Rupert, Layne dispatched troops to Fort Rupert from Fort Frederick in Armored Personnel Carriers to (as he describes it) recapture the fort and restore order.
I remember sitting there, watching those units leave. Nowhere could I imagine that within the next hour the greatest tragedy in the history of Grenada would occur.
— Lt. Col. Ewart Layne
VIDEO: Interview with Ewart Layne
Layne is the author of the book, We Move Tonight: The Making of the Grenada Revolution.
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