The Falklands – 1982

The Falkland Islands are a group of over 900 islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, located off the coasts of Argentina and Chile. The British Empire seized control of the islands in 1833 and made it their last colony. 
I have been very lucky in my time in the Royal Air Force to have had to chance to visit the Falklands on many tours over the last 20 years, in that time I have seen many changes including the completion of getting rid of all the land mines left by the war in 82. 
Also, during that time I have been able to visit the sites where the battles happened and learn the history and stories of the conflict, as well as seeing the amazing landscapes and wildlife the islands offer. 
In this book, I wanted to show how, from the horror of war, it has rejuvenated the Islands into Islands of beauty with wildlife returning and tourists flocking to see this amazing part of this British Overseas Territory. 

But it is important in this 40th anniversary year that we also remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who still live with the nightmares from that conflict today, so that the People of the Falklands could live free from fear of invasion and that the islands are there for us to admire the wonders they hold. 
Hard to believe that the Invasion of the Falkland Islands was 40 years ago. Operation Rosario was the code name for the military action carried out on 2 April 1982 and kicked off Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands. The invasion of the Falklands triggered the Falklands War. 
A war that would see the biggest task force set sail, with cruise ships turned into hospitals and troop carriers, cargo ships used to transport aircraft the 8000 miles across the South Atlantic. It would also see one of the longest and most complex bombing missions carried out by the ageing Victor and Vulcan of the V-Force, Britain’s Nuclear deterrent. 

Yomper – Statue, Falkland Islands
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