What was the Dirty War (1974-1983)?

Introduction The Dirty War (Spanish: Guerra sucia) is the name used by the military junta or civic-military dictatorship of Argentina (Spanish: dictadura cívico-militar de Argentina) for the period of state terrorism in Argentina from 1974 to 1983 as a part of Operation Condor, during which military and security forces and right-wing death squads in the… Read More


Who was Ian John McKay?

Introduction Ian John McKay, VC (07 May 1953 to 12 June 1982) was a British Army soldier and a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Born in Wortley, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire, McKay was the… Read More

Who was John McAleese?

Introduction John Thomas “Mac” McAleese, MM (25 April 1949 to 26 August 2011) was a Scottish soldier who took part in several late 20th century conflicts with the British Army’s Royal Engineers and the Special Air Service Regiment, including the storming of the Iranian Embassy in London during a hostage taking siege incident in May… Read More

Who was Herbert Jones?

Introduction Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones, VC, OBE (14 May 1940 to 28 May 1982), known as H. Jones, was a British Army officer and posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC). He was awarded the VC after being killed in action during the Battle of Goose Green for his actions as commanding officer of the… Read More

Comb Fighters…

“TWO BALD men fighting over a comb” is how the Argentinian writer Jose Luis Borges described the Falklands War, and I never heard a better description. The only hopeful thing about the Falklands War, in my opinion, was that it set a precedent for future wars – if two countries wanted to go to war,… Read More

What was the Falklands War (1982)?

Introduction The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas) was a 10-week undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom between 02 April 1982 and 14 June 1982 over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic: the Falkland Islands and its territorial dependency, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The result of the… Read More