On this day

Kryan Bing

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Oddly enough, and for no other reason than it looked interesting...I watched the newly released 'The Falklands Play', on Amazon Prime last night.
(To be honest, I had forgotten about the date and only realized while watching it).

It's about the back room politics leading up to the Argie invasion and it's outcome. Blimey, the Yanks original take and mediating on it was quite intetesting. A reasonable watch.
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King of The Jungle

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Clearly written by a Bootneck or Jolly Jack, as 2 and 3 para would have nothing whatsoever to do with fair winds or following seas...

On a serious note 3 things :
1) The initial deployment of 3 commando brigade was pretty much done over the weekend, from a country that at the time was generally considered closed at the weekends,
2) To dispatch a task force to sail 8000 miles and reclaim islands that the enemy had time to reinforce and fortify, and to do so without air superiority, was a monumental, ballsy and optimistic undertaking... And we did it. Would we have the bollocks or capability to do it again? I very much doubt it.
3) Tragically, I think it is generally well known that more serviceman who served in the Falklands campaign have taken their own lives since than were killed in action there.... It was a bloody fight, and not all the argies gave up without a fight. Goose Green, Tumbledown, Two Sisters and Wireless Ridge all got down to the nitty gritty of white phosphorous and bayonets. Nasty business, and lest we forget the bravery of our blokes.
 

Bromleywalltj

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Knew a few that went over to there 2 brothers beforehand were outgoing funny life in their eyes etc, went round there house( their mum was my mums childhood friend) a year or so after the war and they'd left the army and they were clearly fucked eyes soulless depressed more aggressive etc imagine many more leave the forces like that especially if they have been in battle.
 

wellerwasbest

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Knew a few that went over to there 2 brothers beforehand were outgoing funny life in their eyes etc, went round there house( their mum was my mums childhood friend) a year or so after the war and they'd left the army and they were clearly fucked eyes soulless depressed more aggressive etc imagine many more leave the forces like that especially if they have been in battle.
My ex brother in law told me a few times about a family he knew where both sons went like that, the last bit you have typed

I become totally absorbed by the Falklands war for some reason , followed all the news and when it was all over i obtained lots of books and other bits in reference to it
when i moved i decided to get rid of the lot and sold to a dealer who specialised on the subject
Plus needed the space

As above God bless em all
 
I have a few bits of memorabilia myself.My brother never says too much about it,but visits the national arboretum each year.He actually met his wife at a remembrance do,still together now.Remember his first deployment after was back to the Falklands,and got to meet the queen.Had a look at a YouTube bid by one of the bomb disposal team,bomb went off while he was working on it and lost part of his arm and killed his mate,very brave men.Amazes me the crew never abandoned ship until it exploded,and is one of the iconic images of the war.
 

Kryan Bing

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Back in the 90's, I worked down there 6/7 times for a couple of weeks at a time. I had a chance to go around the sites and areas where the fighting and landings happened. Seeing it all, the open terrain, the mountain sites etc, it really hits you how difficult and intimidating it must have been for all involved. It also amazed me, how quickly, from a British perspective , it was put together and how quickly it unfolded. Remarkable really from all the people involved in it.

I became quite absorbed with it all over the years...reading anything and watching any footage that became available. It must have been (still is) very traumatic for the personel involved. Something I couldn't even begin to comprehend and understand.

I was in Buenos Aires for a few weeks a couple of years after the conflict. The Government there didn't seem that bothered about their forces and the trauma/stress either. I saw a few ex-forces, clearly with injuries, in wheelchairs, with 'Islas Malvinas' signs hanging around their neck, holding out begging caps...

Certainly all very sobering and it must have been extremely stressful for the families involved as well.