Monday, 21 April 2014

The Falklands invasion, by those who were there


Making tea for the enemy; sleeping in trenches; making new friends; burying old ones. 30 years on, eyewitnesses to the Falklands War look back.‘The Argentines were very twitchy about transmissions’ David Pole-Evans, 53, runs a farm on Saunders Island, and during the invasion helped his late father pass on invaluable intelligence to British troops through short wave radio My father, Tony, was doing two things that the Argentines wouldn’t have liked during the war. He was operating a low-powered VHF radio, at our farm on Saunders Island, to gather information from other farms, and then he was passing it on to his friend Les Hamilton in Scotland, using the short-wave radio. I helped him with the VHF set. We had an internal aerial for this, and we operated just outside the normal band, so the Argentines were unlikely to pick us up. I know they were very twitchy about transmissions and were trying to stop them, but I don’t think they ever picked up my father and Les on short wave, otherwise they would have been straight round. Read more HERE