Martial Eagle Episode

Operation Martial Eagle was a covert US Navy SEAL operation conducted during Season Two.

Background Edit

In 1979, Nicaragua underwent a revolution - the Sandinista National Liberation Front (members known as Sandinistas) overthrew the ruling Somoza dictatorship and imposed a Socialist government in its place. Right-wing rebel groups, funded and trained by the United States, fought the Sandinistas in a war that lasted until 1991. The CIA financially supported the rebels by selling weapons to Iran, in violation of an embargo after Washington put a stop to the Contra funding.

Operation Martial Eagle Edit

In an effort to prevent the spread of Communism in Central America, the United States began a series of camps on in both the US and Nicaragua, to train Contra rebels in guerrilla warfare. In an episode of The Americans, one of the senior instructors on the Martial Eagle operation, Andrew Larrick, provides classified information to the Soviets after being blackmailed by them for his homosexuality.  The operation appears based on simulated war-games, with a handful of Contra field commanders training at a time at each camp.

in the Martial Eagle episode, the Russians use Larrick’s information to gain access to the camp and document the operation. In doing so, they hope to embarrass the US and expose their use of domestic territory in attempting to overthrow a foreign democratically-elected Socialist government in a sovereign country,

After assuming the identity of a sewage transporter, Phillip and Elizabeth enter the camp. While Phillip takes photographs of the training in progress, Elizabeth kills two Contra field commanders.  When Phillip’s cover is blown, he is forced to kill three non-targets.

Aftermath Edit

The photographs Phillip takes are leaked to a newspaper in South America.

The deaths of the three non-targets, and of Lewis Rendell, weigh heavily on Phillip, affecting his relationship with both Henry and Paige, and ultimately prompting him to pay a visit to Pastor Tim.

Also motivated by the deaths of the non-targets, particularly his fellow SEALs (“my brothers”), Andrew Larrick returns to the US from Nicaragua prematurely, to begin a one-man murder campaign against the KGB. He is ultimately responsible for the deaths of George, Kate, and Jared Connors.