This year marks 99 years since the end of the First World War. 2017 is also the year to remember more recent conflicts: the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War, the 25th anniversary of the Balkans War and the 10th anniversary of the cessation of military operations in Northern Ireland, where British troops were sent in 1969 and operations finally came to an end 38 years later in 2007.
Remembering the Falklands
In April 1982, Argentina invaded the long-disputed Falkland Islands and Britain dispatched a military force to reclaim them. In total, 25,948 UK Armed Forces personnel served in the Falklands Campaign.
The war may have lasted a mere 74 days, but losses were significant; Arbroath-based 45 Commando and the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards lost 15 Service personnel. In total, 655 Argentine, 237 British Servicemen and three civilians lost their lives. In addition, 755 Service personnel were wounded with many more suffering mental traumas.
The Balkans War
The bitter civil war in Bosnia saw the worst atrocities in Europe since the Second World War. In April 1992, British troops were caught in the crossfire keeping the sides apart. By 1994, there were 2,450 British soldiers serving with the UN – sadly 72 Forces personnel died while serving in the Balkans.
As we observe these anniversaries, please wear your poppy and remember those who were killed or wounded over the last 100 years of conflict and those who still bear the physical or mental scars.
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