Thursday, June 14, 2007

Falkland Islands Liberated 25 years ago today!

25 years ago today, at the turn of the midnight hour, Major General Jeremy Moore accepted the surrender of the Argentine forces occupying the Falkland Islands.

Hostilities continued for a further 6 days until the South Sandwich Islands were recaptured as well.

255 British servicemen died, as well as 3 civilians. Also, 649 Argentine servicemen died. (Incidentally more servicemen from both sides have committed suicide since)
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher made a speech today to be broadcast to our troops on active service in which she said that fortune favours the brave. It does. You can read the full text on Iain Dale's diary here.

What was good about the Falklands war was that it liberated Argentina as well!

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