I was born in 1973.
I vaguely recall the antics in the Mid-East and things like the Iranian revolution.
But the real big-hitter of my primary school days was the Falklands war. My primary school headmaster flew a union flag on the day Stanley was liberated. It was a sort of coming of age thing. A sort of baptism in fire of the fact there was a world far beyond my mates house down the road and a genuine feeling of pride (seeing the task force – a point rarely noted – certainly not by the BBC when the sailors lined the sides of their ships one of their wives, from portside, gave her hubby (and of course a hell of a lot of others) a final (at least for a bit) glegg at her breasts – perhaps it is sometimes The Sun what won it. Yes, I recall it very clearly and the pain and loss that followed. The tits, the harriers, Goose Green, Sheffield, Belgrano, the fact that like every small boy in Britain I really, really wanted an Airfix Sea Harrier FRS1 and it seemed to take an age for my dad to get one (they were sold out). Probably a couple of weeks but that is an eternity at that age.
There is much to say tactically about the conflict that I won’t bore you about. Things like the chronic unreliability of Sea Dart or the short legs of the Harrier or even that the Belgrano was hit with two torpedoes (a major issue in Argentina – “The first was war, the second was murder”) not because we were attempting to politically escalate or cause a hecatomb but the commander of HMS Conqueror had no choice and fired a spread of Mark VIII torpedoes from the 1920s and two hit. The new wire-guided Tigerfish didn’t actually work. We kept quiet about that for a bit. I mean the Sovs would have laughed their asses off.
So, other than strictly tactical stuff goes I don’t know what to say…
It’s something that should be emphasised, not glossed over- Thatcher wasn’t a warmonger, but when confronted with a challenge for which she did not ask, she did the correct, and risky thing, not the easy and weak thing.
Yes, she did. The general narrative is too frequently that Maggie brought this on her self as a last ditch attempt to win the ’83 election (against Michael Foot’s Labour?) and not the truth that it was the last throw of the dice by a vile Junta in Buenos Aires. Maggie took a heck of a risk and we won very narrowly. Would iDave do the same? Whaddya think? We had a leader back then of courage. And it was globally noted.