Monday, 2 April 2012

30 years ago today...

I remember exactly what I was doing.  Do you ?

I know, because I was lying in a Military hospital bed in Northern Ireland in a bed next to a beautiful 21 yr old girl who had been shot in the back and legs six times . 

We were told that Argentina had invaded the Falkland Islands.

Like many people at the time we were a bit confused.  The Falklands ? isn't that above Scotland somewhere ? why would the Argentinians invade there ?  We soon found out where it actually was. 

I don't want to get into the politics or history of the situation, all I know is the people side of why.

As a serving soldier I was involved in the Northern Ireland and the Falklands conflict. I served with the Intelligence corps in Northern Ireland and came into contact with the "ordinary" people.  In the Falklands I spent R & R with a family, I spent time in Port Stanley, I listened to their views, their hopes and dreams.

 For me at that time it was simple.  We were there to defend people who were British, who thought of themselves as British, who spoke English, who wanted to be part of Britain.  That simple, whatever your views or politics it really was that simple.


16 comments:

  1. I love reading your stories, you are such a wonderful and inspirational lady. 30 years ago today I was awaiting my arrival into the world, my 30th Birthday is in June x

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  2. Thank you : ) How wonderful that you are 30 in June *big smiles* I am 50 in June xxx Have a wonderful birthday (I hated being 30) meant I had to start being all grown up xxx

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    1. Oooh what are you doing for your 50th? I was going to have a tea party but now thinking i'd like to run away for a few days! Yay for June babies!

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  3. wow what an incredible post about something so difficult. I didn't know much about this as I was only 4 at the time. You look so different as an member of the army. Does it feel like another life time ago? You must have faced some difficult times. Well done you for serving your country. x

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    1. Thank you lovely, the wind was blowing a gale , that accounts for the squinty eye expression xx

      It does feel like such a long time ago, but I can remember every minute of it as if it was yesterday.

      Thank you for commenting Susan.

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  4. Wow, look at you all GI Jane! What a life-changing experience that must have been at such a tender age. I remember being at junior school and spending many a sleepless night worried that my dad (who came out of the army when I was born but was still in the TA) would be called up for duty, funny what you're aware of and worry about when you're 7. x

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    1. Lol, not so sure about the G.I. Jane although there were not many girls out there at that time. I was always surrounded by blokes. Sometimes it got a bit overwhelming, especially when they wanted to talk about their wives and families back home.

      I can imagine how you must have felt about your dad, my twins at 7 worry all the time about stuff. I'm glad he didn't get deployed xx

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  5. You are such an amazing woman Karen, your men and boys should be very, very proud of you! I only vaguely remember the conflict but have been reading all about it! You look very glam on that picture (as usual!!) xx

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    1. Glam ! ha! it was blowing a gale, I had long hair tied up and it kept whiping me in the face. I was freezing cold and we had been walking for hours, but it was an amazing experience. xx

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  6. I love reading your stories to lovely lady, And seeing the pictures, your twins look soooo much like you! And I also agree with above, they should be very very proud xxxx

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    1. Thak you sweetie, sometimes I think I should write a book. I am full of stories : ) xx

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  7. I sometimes forget just what an incredible life you've had. Your family must be so incredibly proud of you and with good reason of course. I would only have been five so I have to confess to having no actual memories of The Falklands. I should think that the thirty year anniversary must feel like a huge milestone to you though. And I bet a lifetime ago.

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    1. Wow! only five ! You could almost be my little girl : ) .

      Seems both an awful long time ago and also just like yesterday xx

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  8. We were talking to the boys about this today and reminding them that you had been there. It really was a different world, yet only 3 decades ago.

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  9. Your post was well written and I had a great time reading it. It is worth reading and I enjoyed it. You did a great job.


    Michelle

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