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The Falkland Islands Campaign, 1982.

April 5 2009 at 12:50 PM
Christopher Furlotte 

This month is significant as it's 27 yrs ago of the 1982 Argentine Invasion of the Falkland Islands, (U.K.) April 2nd-14th June 1982.

I remember hearing about a Canadian family living in Port Stanley, on CBC Radio back then, and recently found out another Canadian whom volunteered with the Royal Marine Commando's NP 8901, (Naval Party) during the Invasion.


Was curious to know, if he served with the Canadian Forces previously to this event!?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1982_invasion_of_the_Falkland_Islands#cite_ref-Insight_0-1


http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Falklands/NP8901.html#prof


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1TeHq2ofZA&feature=related

In the middle of the video show's a big Canadian flag proudly in the midst of British crowd in Portsmouth,England. I also spoke to a Newfoundlander in the CF whom spoke of old Royal Naval veterans in St John's that put outside there homes the good old White Naval Ensign,to show solidarity with the British Peoples in their struggle.


Chris

 
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Ed Storey

The Falklands - After the Battle

April 5 2009, 1:20 PM 

During a recent trip to the UK I paid a visit to Winston Ramsay, Editor-in-Chief of After the Battle Magazine and he showed me their recent publication which is titled "The Falklands War - Then and Now". This is an exciting book that covers the war in the traditional 'After the Battle' format that was pioneered nearly 40 yers ago.

I don't have a copy of the book to scan, but here is an image of a set of Argentine leather equipment that was brought back from the islands.

[linked image]

 
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Christopher Furlotte

Argie Webbing.

April 5 2009, 3:13 PM 

Ed,
Nice pic, I see there's a German influence to the design of ie, leather fabric and dyed olive drab, much like the 1960's West-German Army.


I'll have to get a copy of this magazine for sure!

On a side note* I have a Union Jack pin from that era 1982 or later that says in bold blue lettering: "FALK OFF" Argentina!


Cheers
Chris

 
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Christopher Furlotte

Articles on the Falkland Islands War.

March 17 2015, 8:59 AM 

A few articles on the Falkland Islands/Las Islas Malvinas.

It mentions about a Canadian involvement and the political after effects decades later, and the Islanders remain stoutly British to the end!

For those who might be interested in this campaign as I am.


http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/issuesideas/story.html?id=a9114bdc-0c51-4be2-a450-f33e866aa7d8

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2013/03/09/falkland_islanders_hold_referendum_on_their_future_31_years_after_argentina_invaded.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-5-XIXj2tA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSWRv-hYFjM

Prime Minister Trudeau's letter to the 'Iron Lady'(British Minister Margret Thatcher)

http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/122623

Chris

 
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Christopher Furlotte

Commonwealth of Nations, Task Force Support.

March 18 2015, 7:23 PM 

Several other articles I thought to include that are often overlooked during this campaign that commenced from 28th March to 14th of June 1982. Canadian Pacific contributed a water tanker to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the naval task force that sailed from Portsmouth, England during this time, ie,Fort Toronto was a water tanker and transported vital fresh water to the mission as well.

http://www.maritimeuk.org/2012/01/second-news-item/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_naval_forces_in_the_Falklands_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Events_leading_to_the_Falklands_War

The country of Chile played a vital role in Britain's victory in the South Atlantic campaign.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/10947350/Without-Chiles-help-we-would-have-lost-the-Falklands.html

A new book on the British clandestine mission in Chile during the Falkland Islands Campaign.

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Falklands-War-Sidney-Edwards/dp/1909716278

Chris

 
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Christopher Furlotte

Fort Toronto/ GA Walker 1982.

March 18 2015, 10:30 PM 

Here's a bit more on the water bulk tanker for the entire task force fresh water supplies for the duration of it's role attached to the Royal Navy during the hostiles in the South Atlantic campaign from 19th of April to 14th of June 1982.

The Fort Toronto was a chartered water tanker and commander by Captain R.I. Kinnier and abroad her was Naval Party 1750 (Royal Navy) and she left the port of Southhampton England on the 19th of April to join the task force sailing south to the Falkland Islands.


Several in depth links of the Fort Toronto (Canadian Pacific) and it's important mission of the task force's fresh water supplies.It stayed in Port Stanley to support the military garrison who water supplies were destroyed during the fighting,and it was stationed there in port til early part of 1984.

http://www.naval-history.net/F31-CVBG_Advanced_Group_join-up.htm


http://www.rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/index.php/RFA-FALKLANDS-1982/STUFT/Fort-Toronto

Another Canadian Pacific ship that operated with the task force was the GA Walker.She sailed with the other relief vessels in June 1982.

http://www.rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/index.php/RFA-FALKLANDS-1982/STUFT/gawalker

They were chartered and registered out of Canadian Pacific Office in Bermuda.

Chris

 
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Christopher Furlotte

Canadian Diplomatic Affairs. (1982)

March 22 2015, 10:24 PM 

During the Falklands Islands War, The Liberal government of the day under Pierre Elliot Trudeau, recalled it's Canadian ambassador Dwight Wilder Fullford(Department of External Affairs)from Buenos Aires in Argentina during this political/military crisis.

Here's a few more links on this topic.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ottawacitizen/obituary.aspx?pid=123337285

http://www.david-kilgour.com/2009/Mar_01_2009_08.php

http://w03.international.gc.ca/headsofpost/Results-Resultats.aspx?lang=eng&prsn=208

A few books I'd recommend on this topic as well.

(1)Razor's Edge The Unofficial History of the Falklands War, by author Hugh Bicheno.

(2) Argentine Fight For The Falklands/Las Isla Malvinas by author Martin Middlebrook.

Chris


 
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Christopher Furlotte

ARA Bahía Buen Suceso (Halifax Build Merchant ship)

July 21 2017, 4:51 PM 

Came across these articles the other day, and thought to post it here for anyone whom might have some interest in this theatre of Ops. The ARA Bahía Buen Suceso was originally built in Halifax Nova Scotia ship yards. She served with the Argentine Navy during the Falklands Islands/ Guerra de las Malvinas.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARA_Bah%C3%ADa_Buen_Suceso


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Events_leading_to_the_Falklands_War

 
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