Falklands




 
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August 30th, 2012  
viper2007
 
 

Topic: Falklands


I know this is rather an old story and probably not interesting enough to most people. But have a few new members who were actually there, on the grounds experiencing it, while most of us were just reading about it.

I would like to know more about this conflict. Not just from what we read and saw on the tv, but real life stories, either first hand account or handed down accounts.

My focus would be as follows-

1. Why did the British decided to defend an territory many thousand miles away from UK
2. What is the reaction of the military when ordered to retake the islands?
3. Was it as bad as some of the news we heard?
4. How good was the opposition, in this case the Argentinians?

I would like to appeal to my fellow forumers not to politicise this, just the stories and the challenges faced, and the the overcoming of those challenges faced.

Thank you.
August 30th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 
I didn't actually serve in the Falklands during the war, I went there 9 years later. The islanders are fiercely proud of their British territory status. We weren't defending a foreign island. We were protecting our own citizens.
August 30th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
On TV at the moment is a documentary regarding the RM and Para MO's and medics. Bloody wonderful work done on both British and Argentine wounded. Operations were carried out with two unexploded bombs in the roof space at the field hospital at Ajax Bay.
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August 30th, 2012  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BritinAfrica
On TV at the moment is a documentary regarding the RM and Para MO's and medics. Bloody wonderful work done on both British and Argentine wounded. Operations were carried out with two unexploded bombs in the roof space at the field hospital at Ajax Bay.
Do you have the title of the documentary, Opa Brit?

The Argentinean Air Force put up a fight if I remember correctly from the literature and documentaries I have read and seen about the war. Their Marines fought well against the Scots Guards at one of the mountains west of Port Stanley
August 30th, 2012  
BritinAfrica
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
Do you have the title of the documentary, Opa Brit?

The Argentinean Air Force put up a fight if I remember correctly from the literature and documentaries I have read and seen about the war. Their Marines fought well against the Scots Guards at one of the mountains west of Port Stanley
It was called "Falklands Combat Medics."

Most of the Argentine troops were green conscripts, but the regular Argentine troops such as the Marines as you pointed, out were very good. The Argentine Navy pilots also were brave and skilled pilots, but lost many pilots due to the Harrier and ground fire. Heck if I remember rightly, even the NAAFI manager on board Canberra had a go at Argentine aircraft with a GPMG.

A chap I worked with was a helmsman on Canberra years before the Falklands, he reckoned she was unlucky and was surprised she came back afloat.

The chap to talk to about the Falklands is NP8901, he was there.
August 30th, 2012  
03USMC
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
Do you have the title of the documentary, Opa Brit?

The Argentinean Air Force put up a fight if I remember correctly from the literature and documentaries I have read and seen about the war. Their Marines fought well against the Scots Guards at one of the mountains west of Port Stanley
Mount Tumbledown.

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August 30th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 
I've been on the battlefield tour of the Falklands. Tumbledown was formidable in the summer when I was there, I wouldn't have liked to be there during the winter when the war took place.
August 30th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 

This is me with one of the captured Argentinian fighter planes.


This is the main road between Mount Pleasant airport and Port Stanley!!


Mount Pleasant airport from the skies. (going home!! )


Lovely beach near Port Stanley. (Unfortunately heavily land mined by the Argentinian forces and too dangerous to enjoy!!)


Main road to Port Stanley (Heavily land mined both sides of the road!!)




Bleak desolate landscape - and that was during the summer!!!


Liberation monument on Port Stanley main road.


One of a number of memorial monuments scattered round the island (I believe this one is on Mt Tumbledown.

Please excuse the graininess of the photos. I scanned my old photos taken with an old 35mm camera as there was no such things as digital cameras back in 1991.
August 30th, 2012  
Capt Frogman
 
 
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Originally Posted by The Highway Man

This is me with one of the captured Argentinian fighter planes.
Now that's a rude gesture if I've ever seen one?
August 30th, 2012  
The Highway Man
 
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