Photos Falklands War Photos

An Iconic Photo, the smile after the horror of War. A professional English skydiver soldier, Taff Williams and Argentine soldiers, mostly conscripted. Wars arise on desks but life is put by others.

HMS Antrim's "little friend" which ended up in the aft heads... That's the bog if you're English or the Cludgie if you're Scottish... what a place to get hit! Puts a new meaning on "brown trousers time".

A 1,000 lb (450 kg) bomb penetrated Antrim. It did not explode or kill anyone, and it took 10 hours to remove
HMS ARDENT on fire, with HMS YARMOUTH alongside, after being attacked for the first time in San Carlos Water by the Argentine Air Force on 21 May 1982. The ship had been struck by two 1,000lb bombs and 22 lives lost. HMS YARMOUTH attempted to assist with firefighting and then evacuated the crew (who can be seen lining the side of the ship.


21st May, 1982 HMS Ardent, a Type 21 Amazon-class frigate, was supporting Operation Sutton - the landing of troops at San Carlos Water. Ardent was bombarding the Argentine-held airstrip at Goose Green with naval gunfire when she was attacked by three waves of Argentine aircraft.

HMS Ardent was on station in Falkland Sound when she came under air attack from Argentine A-4 Skyhawks and IAI Daggers. Armed with 1,000lb bombs, the Skyhawks attacked Ardent and another frigate, HMS Yarmouth, an older Type 12 frigate. Ardent’s Sea Cat anti-aircraft missile system failed to lock on to the attacking aircraft and they were able to score several hits on the frigate, destroying the Sea Cat launcher in the process. Ardent’s 4.5in gun proved ineffective against the attacking aircraft and in a desperate effort to defend the ship Lieutenant Commander John Murray Sephton, commander of Ardent’s helicopter crew, organised the use of small arms, directing fire against the Skyhawks.

A final wave of Argentine Navy Skyhawks attacked at around 1500 hrs scoring two more direct hits, with 500lb bombs, on the stern of Ardent, and it was this wave that Lieutenant Commander Sephton and his men engaged with small arms in an attempt to defend the ship. Reportedly, Sephton stood on Ardent’s flight deck firing a Sterling L2A3 submachine gun at a Skyhawk as it flew overhead. The bomb that this aircraft dropped struck the flight deck, killing Sephton and three other members of the crew. For his actions Sephton was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Ardent’s captain, Commander Alan West, was also subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Able Seaman John Dillon was awarded the George Medal for rescuing a wounded shipmate, despite his own wounds.

Ardent was heavily damaged, on fire, listing and not answering to helm it was decided to abandon ship and the surviving crew were evacuated aboard Yarmouth before she sank the next day.
May 25th: As Skyhawks dive in, one 1,000lb bomb strikes the water, as the second bounces from the waves onto HMS Broadsword's flight deck, gouging a hole in the flight deck and ripping the nose from her Lynx helicopter

May 25th: The last of HMS Coventry, rolled completely over with her propellers visible and lifeboats around her. Waiting for pickup, the crew now gave a stirring rendition of that great anthem, "Always look on the bright side of life."
June 7th: HMS Alacrity begins to sail for home with her 4.5" gun completely shot out. During the Falklands war, she has fired 567 shells at the Argentine positions and her gun is now way past its shelf life.

And RFA Fort Austin returns home too
I don't now if the story is true, but this is supposed to be a helo that was flown by Prince Andrew. A few days after the Argentine surrender the Prince was flying in mail for and while taxiing to the terminal he clipped the wingtip of a Herky Bird with his main rotor.

On June 8 1982. A day of groups of 5 Bde moving around and then the terrible events of the attack on the RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram at Fitzroy. (Not Bluff Cove as incorrectly reported for the last 39 years!)
100 people dead or injured and many more traumatised for years.


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