“Brothers in Arms”

“Brothers in Arms”

Written and performed by Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Haunting music reminiscent of my Vietnam War combat tour in Southeast Asia.  However, the Vietnam War ended well before this song was released.  I understand it was written during the 1982 Falklands War.  The song “Brothers in Arms” deals with the senselessness of war.

The 1982 Falkland Islands War

The Falkland Islands (about 400 miles due East of the southern tip of Argentina, in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean) were under British rule since about 1840 when it became a Crown Colony of Great Britain.  Over the next century, there were numerous tensions, struggles, confrontation and even battles over the Falkland Islands, much of which where due to territorial claims by both Great Britain and Argentina.  However, the British managed to retain control.  Then, in 1965, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for both states (the UK and Argentina) to conduct bilateral negotiations to reach a peaceful settlement of the dispute.  From 1966 until 1968, the UK discussed with Argentina the transfer of the Falklands, assuming their final decision would be accepted by the local Falkland islanders.  An agreement on trade ties between the Falklands and the mainland was reached in 1971 and, consequently, Argentina built a temporary airfield on the islands in 1972.  Notwithstanding, Falkland islanders dissented, and tensions between the UK and Argentina limited sovereignty negotiations until 1977.  Sovereignty talks again ended by 1981, and over time, the dispute continued to escalate.

Then, on 2 April 1982, Argentine forces launched a military invasion of the Falklands to capture the Islands.  The Argentines mounted amphibious landings with their military forces and invaded the Falklands and other British territories in the South Atlantic.  This served as a catalyst for the subsequent Falklands War.  The Argentines briefly occupied these areas until a UK expeditionary force retook the territories in June 1982.  The invasion ended with the final surrender of the Falkland Government House.

The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with an Argentine surrender 14 June, returning the islands to British control. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders killed during the hostilities.  After the war, the UK expanded its military presence, building an RAF Airfield and increasing the size of its garrison.

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Author: saedgar

This website is a collection of many subjects and thoughts that are important to me, and some insights I’ve learned “...along the way.” I think of myself as just a simple man with a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Restored Gospel. But, I have lived (and continue to live) an extraordinary and enjoyable life. I've tried to share some highlights here. I have so many good memories. (SAE)

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