34 Years Ago Today

34 years ago today Argentinian forces invaded the Falkland Islands sparking the Falklands War. Under Operation Corporate, British forces mobilised to retake the islands. The operation was a success but cost 255 British soldier’s lives.

Today, Argentinian rhetoric and propaganda continues to vilify the UK and British forces during the war. The situation has been made worse by a questionable decision by the United Nations to increase Argentina’s territorial claim to include Falklands territories.

It must be remembered that the islands, while a British protectorate, are self governing. They are an island nation that have existed longer than many European countries. They have farmed the land and built a society there that deserves to be protected and not challenged by a country desperate for a distraction from its own internal problems which has always been the driving force behind Argentina’s claim over the islands.

So, today on this anniversary please spare a thought for those British service personnel who gave their futures to protect the islander’s and their cherished way of life.

Lest we forget.


5 responses to “34 Years Ago Today

  1. My thoughts go to the 255 British soldiers who lost their lives and to the oft forgotten 68 Marines and 11 sailors of Naval Party 8901, the 25 Falkland Islands Defence Force (FIDF) members, the residents of the Falkland Islands, and to Governor Rex Hunt for their staunch defence of the Islands when Moody Barracks were attacked on the night of April 2nd 1982. Thanks Tony, great post.

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  2. Let’s hope that the wishes of virtually every Falkland islander are respected for many years to come. The Argentineans should concentrate on their own problems. Great post, by the way!

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  3. Man that’s a way back! I remember the Falklands war like yesterday – I was a student, and the only news we had in NZ of the whole thing came via those hilarious MoD press conferences with their carefully worded statements (I later met someone who’d been a journo at them). It was an extraordinary achievement by Britain – projecting power half way across the globe with forces that hadn’t been optimised for that task. Looking back I have to admire not just the heroism and courage of the British airmen, sailors and soldiers involved – 255 of whom paid the ultimate price, and many more of whom were wounded – but also the guts of the Argentine airmen who had no personal fight with Britain, but who professionally did their job, flying into heavy fire at the very edge of the range they could get out of their Skyhawks and Daggers. Looking back, there was humanity and sacrifice on both sides – all because Galtieri needed a diversion from his domestic problems.

    A little while after that war I managed to get on board HMS Invincible, whose Sea Dart launcher had been stencilled with several ‘kills’. By then she had also been fitted with a pair of Phalanx CIWS mounts. I really must publish the photos I took on my blog – I found them a little while ago and resurrected the prints slightly.

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