'Encounter in Rendlesham Forest' book review

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'Encounter in Rendlesham Forest' is a non-fiction book about the now infamous incident in a forest in East Anglia in the U.K. in 1980. The book is written by Nick Pope who, by his own admission, was an MoD employee for many years before becoming an author. The kindle version I read was published in 2014 and the book is relatively new and includes recent material and references.

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For those who haven't encountered the Rendlesham Forest incident, it is probably the most significant and well-documented UFO event in UK history. It is often referred to as the 'British Roswell'. One night, just after Christmas in 1980, something landed in the Rendlesham Forest, close to the Bentwater U.S. air force base. U.S. servicemen were told to investigate the presence in the forest of strange lights. Two of them encountered a triangular craft of advanced design. The craft later took off. The next night, more activity occurred in the forest. Many servicemen investigated this event and what they found is now the subject of many books and articles.

Nick Pope's book focuses on the experiences of two servicemen involved in the incident and they are part-authors of this book. Their testimonies alone, along with Pope's methodical reporting of what later looked clearly to be a comprehensive cover-up by the U.K. and U.S. authorities, shows that something extremely significant happened in Rendlesham forest on those two nights. The fact that Pope is former MoD (Ministry of Defence), along with the background of his collaborators, adds strong credence to the material in the book. There's only a few possible alternatives to explain what happened on those two nights in that forest. Either a) E.T. craft visited, b) Highly advanced craft of some hidden group on Earth visited or c) A craft from the future or another dimension visited. All are astonishing possibilities but if the cap fits, we have to wear it.

What is problematic about Pope's book is that he seems to be leaving or dismissing out of hand out several very significant elements of the story. For example, one U.S. serviceman who was involved in the events in Rendlesham Forest is Security Officer Larry Warren. Pope does mention Warren in the book but he gives the Security Officer little coverage. In his book, Pope decides (as far as I could ascertain) that because Warren hadn't been in service long and his testimony wasn't corroborated by others, it shouldn't be given much credence. Pope's disinterest in Warren's testimony is so great that he does not include any part of Warren's testimony in the book, which is very surprising. To redress this imbalance, here is Warren's fascinating video testimony of what he experienced at Rendlesham Forest, given as part of the Disclosures series:


Pope also mentions allegations of suspicious suicides after the Rendlesham Forest incident but only describes one specific suicide. From my own memory of articles about the Rendlesham Forest incident, that suicide he described was a genuine suicide, albeit one caused by the terrible stresses on that servicemen and others by the Incident and its aftermath. Pope makes no mention of allegations that many servicemen involved in the Rendlesham Forest Incident died in very suspicious circumstances after the event and their deaths with hastily declared to be suicides. Neither does Pope mention, in his book, the reports that a ship landed on the second night in the forest and that a senior officer met the ship and talked with beings on that ship.

Overall, I do recommend Nick Pope's book for anyone interested in the Rendlesham Forest incident, or UFO's in general, but I would say that the author's approach to the incident is less than ideal. Pope is ex-MoD and his prioritisation of evidence reflects that background but I would say that the book waters down what actually happened on those two nights in 1980. If readers wants to know as much as they can about the Rendlesham Forest Incident, I'd definitely recommend they cast their net wider.