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bodger

Where were you in 1982.

Other than possibly still being a twinkle in your dads eye, where were you in 1982?
On this day of that year, the Argentinean battleship General Belgrano was sunk by the British submarine HMS Conqueror. None of its crew of 368 survived and there was a great deal of criticism of Britain because the ship was outside the 200-mile exclusion zone at the time.

I have very vivid memories of those times. I was walking the beat in a Staffordshire town at the time of the Falklands war and I remember getting regular updates over my police radio, especially during night shifts to tell me that such and such a ship had been sunk. It was horrendous, the conflict seemed so far away and yet, at times so close. It hardly seems possible that it all took place 28 years ago.
Bazzer

Prince Andrew earned his rank and decorations, the first royal since Phil the Greek.
supersweep

Re: Where were you in 1982.

bodger wrote:
Other than possibly still being a twinkle in your dads eye, where were you in 1982?
On this day of that year, the Argentinean battleship General Belgrano was sunk by the British submarine HMS Conqueror. None of its crew of 368 survived and there was a great deal of criticism of Britain because the ship was outside the 200-mile exclusion zone at the time.

I have very vivid memories of those times. I was walking the beat in a Staffordshire town at the time of the Falklands war and I remember getting regular updates over my police radio, especially during night shifts to tell me that such and such a ship had been sunk. It was horrendous, the conflict seemed so far away and yet, at times so close. It hardly seems possible that it all took place 28 years ago.



I was a junior in Kidderminster Library
Sweepsenior was celebrating his 20th Birthday  

I remember those nightly news bulletins very well.
Green Rosie

I was on a field trip to the Gower Peninsular. One of the girls in our group had a boyfriend fighting in the Falklands and as the news filtered through that a ship had gone down she was terrified.
MrsWW

In June of this year I was leaving secondary school ready to start college in September.
Juli

In the immediate neighbourhood where we then lived, three servicemen were lost during the Falklands War, and two severely injured.  People from the local residents' association came round collecting for the families.

And this time in 1982 my then 14 year old daughter decided she wanted to go to a boarding school in Israel, much against my wishes.  She won, but four years later bu88ered off to SA.  

Bit of a disturbing time really.
Richard Bailey

I was serving in that conflict (Operation Corporate) as many of you know, and as a young chap earning my first medal!

I bet I have more stories and photos on that mission than most in here?

One picture I took always makes me a bit sad, is of part of the task force fleet off Georgetown, Ascension, and how many of those ships and crew never came home.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"
Richard Bailey



There it is! not very good, but I wasn't there to be a photographer.
LadySlip

kinda ghostly RB



I was a mere girl at college
LadySlip

kinda ghostly RB



I was a mere girl at college
LadySlip

.............oops     think i've admitted losing my marbles elsewhere...........now i'm repeating myself....................be dribbling next
chicken feed

in may of 1982 we brought our first house and september 82 we got married.
sandrar

Newly married, 21 years old, 7 months pregnant and in a different county from family and old friends, missing working on a farm...happy though

Very aware of the conflict and all it entailed...elder brother in the army at the time.
Alice

sandrar wrote:


Very aware of the conflict and all it entailed...elder brother in the army at the time.


Yeah, me too.
What I find really weird is it's 28 yrs ago now but it seems like yesterday. I can remember folks talking about the 25th anniversary of the end of WWII, in 1970, and that seemed like pre-history to me then.  
I'm a bit shocked to realise just how fresh that conflict must have been to our parents and their peers at that time. IYSWIM  
Richard Bailey

Might have posted this somewhere on here before, but..
Here is a 50p note we were using on Ascension Island at the time.




When I got back from my first war, you can imagine my surprise that my change from my first round in the pub, didn't have pound notes, but POUND COINS! I thought I was being had!

Maybe, or maybe not a bi product of the symptoms of the conflict, I have noticed that my reading arms are getting too short?
bodger

On the 4th of May in 1982 Argentine missiles sank the British destroyer HMS Sheffield and 20 were killed.
bullcross

Erm I was with some very nervous folk  
woodbutcher

I was in the services then, and was a very busy little bunny, prepping for that
little conflict as I was a junior soldier then   only 21 then, scary times especially when the container ship got walloped by the Argies planes, we lost all our helo support, hence had to yomp everywhere with everything - typical MOD all the best eggs in one basket [ship]
Oh! those were the days, when the body is young , fit, and keen = totally different from today, older not particulary wiser and full of aches and pains

Karl
Butterbean

Richard, a good friend of mine has been over in Iraq and he bumped into
some of you Brits.  Don't need to go into details here but I'd like to raise
my glass - heck I'd like to buy a round - for your guys.  My buddy was very impressed and its sometimes difficult to impress a southern country boy.
Richard Bailey

Butterbean,
I was in the first Gulf War too, who knows, may have met your friends?

Love Georgia, esp Atlanta where my beloved Lockheed C130 comes from.

Of course my first visit was to Roswell, many decades ago but it was hushed up, they even said I got there in a silvery weather baloon?

English Southern boy m'self too, have the booze still and all!
Richard Bailey

Hi Woodbutcher,
I know, tell me about it, I had to do some hairy drops of extra stuff and personnel because of that. That is the first time I was on board an aircraft that got hit, thankfully on small caliber round and later discovered most likely to have been from one of our own squaddies SLR!
Can't blame them really as far as they knew everything in the air if it wasn't a Harrier then it must have been Argenitian, we couldn't warn them either or the Argentinians could have heard and been ready for us.

I see you are a buthcer near/in Chippy? Sorry, but my allegience is to Trev Beadle in Chipping Norton, ugly but known him for years!

Have you got your UK Armed Forces Veterans badge yet? If not, let me know as I arrange for the issue in my parish and you aren't far?
dtalbot

Was 17 and and a sixth former at the time, have never quite got the criticism, might have been outside the exclusion zone but was in a perfect position to launch an attack and whatever way it was going at the time it was hit, it doesn't take long to turn a warship round
woodbutcher

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I see you are a butcher near/in Chippy? Sorry, but my allegience is to Trev Beadle in Chipping Norton, ugly but known him for years!


lol! I am a WOODbutcher , I know Trevor's still going strong I believe, Chippy is not what is was in those days, like many other small towns it has changed greatly and not imho for the better, but I live in East Friesland now mostly, and still make or restore furniture over all of Europe with the odd return to the UK.

As to the vets badge, no I never hung around for the medal parade then nor after the 1st gulf war - I became so bolshie with the UK military/govt. mentality, I quit, ended up in Holland and never stopped till recently lol.

So if you pm me with your details I'll send you some beer tokens for postage to me in Germany if your ok with that.

Karl
papillon

I was three years old and living in Somerset. Sorry to make people feel old. Like with Bodger when people at work hear is was born in 1979 they would tell me they were in uniform whilst i was still in liquid form. But those old dinosaurs are retiring and soon it will be me saying that to new probby's.

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