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The Falkland Islands Campaign, 1982.
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_invas ... nsight_0-1
http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Falkl ... .html#prof
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1TeHq2o ... re=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.
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.
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!
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_A ... oin-up.htm
http://www.rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/in ... rt-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/in ... T/gawalker
They were chartered and registered out of Canadian Pacific Office in Bermuda.