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General Chat Thread, Falklands in General; I think we'd be able to defend as it is anyway, without having to commit extra forces. Those pulling out ...
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    I think we'd be able to defend as it is anyway, without having to commit extra forces. Those pulling out of Afghanistan will need to be getting ready for the Iranian adventure anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrCheese View Post
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    It lets them take the focus off domestic issues and rile the population up against someone else other than the politicians. Surely they have better things to do than get all worked up over a bunch of islands they've had no control over for centuries.
    I wonder if ours are doing the same.

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    some words and phrases that came into the British mindset/vocabulary during/after Falklands 2 (Falklands 1 = Dec 1914)

    Pucara
    yomping
    trench foot
    The Belgrano (a survivor of Pearl Harbour)
    exclusion zone
    Black Buck/Vulcan
    Exocet
    Sir Galahad
    I counted them all out and I counted them all back
    Ascension
    Atlantic Conveyor
    H
    Argentinian conscripts
    Stanley

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    that list could be endless..

    Harriers
    HMS Invincible
    Gotcha!
    Goose Green
    Gurkah
    Red and Green Life Saving Machine
    Super Etendard
    HMS Conqueror
    Bravo November


    Falklands have played a big part in my life, having friends and family serve during the war and being part of a team creating a mod for operation flashpoint. got a loft full of books and memrobeilia

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    Tumbledown
    HMS Hermes
    A4 Alley

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbaz View Post
    that list could be endless..

    Falklands have played a big part in my life, having friends and family serve during the war and being part of a team creating a mod for operation flashpoint. got a loft full of books and memrobeilia
    Would be interested to see what has stuck in other heads from the era.

    Only 1 family member involved in this conflict. D Squadron survivor.

    I tried to re-enlist at the time. A damned silly idea.

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    Some of my thoughts, memories, etc. are from doing my 4 months there in 2001. My most vivid is seeing the rows of gravestones for Argentinian soldiers many of which said "known unto God"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoyle View Post
    Would be interested to see what has stuck in other heads from the era.

    Only 1 family member involved in this conflict. D Squadron survivor.

    I tried to re-enlist at the time. A damned silly idea.
    I was 6 at the time so I don't really remember anything except a few snippets from the TV. I recently picked up a book called "Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant Major" which was written by two embedded journalists at the time. Cracking read.

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    Wow, quite some thoughts then. The bulk happy to leave it to the inhabitants to decide. I haven't said too much about the rights and wrongs as being brutally honest, I know very little of the original conflicts and only that Argentina is hardly known for being particularly fair so I can't really comment on it too much. I didn't know about the oil there at all, in fact as soon as I read that post I chuckled to myself "Ahhh, Oil - the second biggest reason for war".
    Re aircraft carrier: sorry that's not me getting the wrong end of the stick, it's me unable to remember the word for "bloody big ship" and carrier came to mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    I was 6 at the time so I don't really remember anything except a few snippets from the TV. I recently picked up a book called "Don't Cry for Me, Sergeant Major" which was written by two embedded journalists at the time. Cracking read.
    Try and find the follow up 'Try not to laugh Sergeant Major' if you can. It was written after the war about the British army in NATO. Another very funny book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Try and find the follow up 'Try not to laugh Sergeant Major' if you can. It was written after the war about the British army in NATO. Another very funny book.
    Thanks, I'll track it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbaz View Post
    Im goign to belive my brother who is acivly serving on board... the Ship is a mess and is constantly breaking down, constant floods, fires and system malfunctions.

    She was planned to go a few months back, but shes not anymore.
    So...

    https://news.google.co.uk/news/story...ed=0CCwQqgIwAA

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Indeed, just because he's on board dosn't necessarily mean he knows what is going on. I've been in the middle of wars and didn't know what was happening!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Indeed, just because he's on board dosn't necessarily mean he knows what is going on. I've been in the middle of wars and didn't know what was happening!
    sounds like a day at school sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Indeed, just because he's on board dosn't necessarily mean he knows what is going on. I've been in the middle of wars and didn't know what was happening!
    Yup. A friend of mine found out she was being deployed when a random officer at her camp said 'you ready to go then?' as they'd forgot to tell her officially!

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