In April 1982, a hastily assembled British Task Force set sail for the South Atlantic. Its mission: to reclaim the Falkland Islands, the British-dependant territory that had been invaded and occupied by Argentinian armed forces on 2nd April. This month Yesterday examines the conflict and relives the Falklands War to mark its 30th anniversary.
After decades of inactivity it was the first time since the Suez crisis the British Army was thrust into theatre.
Go back 30 years and it all seemed a little unreal to the people of Britain. There was perhaps a feeling that, despite everything, a solution would somehow be found and that there wouldn’t be any real need for any fighting – that in the end none of the Armed Forces would be sacrificed to reclaim a place very few could have pointed to on a map before the invasion actually happened.
What followed was three months of bitter warfare that defined the lives of those who lived through it. New names entered the pantheon of British military history: Goose Green; Tumbledown Mountain; Port Stanley; and San Carlos Bay. The realities of battle were brought into the living rooms of the British people as never before as the conflict escalated and unfolded.
The Task Force returned to a hero’s welcome. But for those who had sailed thousands of miles to the South Atlantic and had gone into action, life would never be quite the same again.
Return To The Falklands takes three British servicemen back to the Islands and to the battlefields where they fought 30 years ago. One soldier, one seaman and one airman; what will their reactions be as they see the battlegrounds again? What memories will be stirred as they step ashore? How much has changed? How will they react to the sight of the military cemeteries and memorials that are testimonies to the savage fighting of 30 years ago?