Generations of British soldiers involved in clearing landmines from the far-ﬂung South Atlantic territory have ﬁnally seen their work come to fruition.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace conﬁrmed that the ordnance removal job was now ﬁnished – nearly four decades after the explosives were planted during the 1982 conﬂict.
The work means that 20 million square metres of land once off limits is now free for those living and working on the Falklands to enjoy, he added.
Around 30,000 landmines were left on the British overseas territory following the three-month conﬂict with Argentina, which lasted from April until June 1982.
Civilian contractors completed the later stages of the clearance work and the ﬁnal detonation heralded celebratory games of football and cricket by islanders on the now safe areas.
Soldier. (2020) Bombs Away. Soldier: Magazine of the British Army. December 2020, pp.8.