This week, I had the pleasure of going on a tour of a couple of the Battlefields (of the 1982 Falklands War) with an expert guide, and with someone who had been involved in the war.
|Friendly sealion in the centre of Stanley.|
|South to Mt Harriet, from Two Sisters|
|North to one of the Two Sisters. Note the craters on the saddle.|
|Cairn to 45 Commando, Two Sisters. Stanley in distance.|
|On the southerly summit of the Two Sisters.|
|Razor blade, probably Argentine.|
|Clambering on a shelf on Two Sisters. Easy when no-one's shooting at you.|
|Looking west, past buttresses, to where the attack started.|
|A Marine's memento|
|Crags and Balsam Bog (green plant).|
|Empty ammo boxes, possibly left by Scots Guards. Goat Ridge behind.|
|Mt Harriet cluster bomb casing, dropped by Harrier.|
|81mm mortar, Mt Harriet., behind natural rock protection.|
|Mt Harriet, looking south|
|Argentine radio equipment|
|Steep gully to the summit|
|Lupins and Whalebones in Stanley.|
But, if anything, these annoyances merely stiffen the resolve of Falkland Islanders that the sacrifices made by the British Task Force on their behalf should not have been in vain.
In general, it is the politicians, not the people, of Argentina that are disliked. Last week saw a group of Argentine rugby players , "Rugby sin Frontera", (Rugby without Borders), play a match in Stanley. I'm not sure many Islanders were keen on the event, and the guys did rather upset some people by wearing jackets with a map of the Falklands on the back, below the word "Waiting". Apparently "Waiting" is the brand-name of their kit supplier.... All a misunderstanding. Hmmmm.
More soon, as we pass the Summer Solstice and our days start to get shorter! (Assuming the World doesn't end!!).