Timewatch

Season 25 Episode 7

Remember the Galahad

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 2007 on BBC Two
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Remember the Galahad
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50 British Servicemen lost their lives at Fitzroy inlet in the Falkland Islands on June 08, 1982, when the supply ships Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were bombed by Argentine planes. They were part of a British Task Force sent to recapture the Islands after they had been invaded by Argentina. For the Task Force, it was the biggest disaster of the Falklands war. Dozens of soldiers were badly burned and injured. Many more were left emotionally and mentally scarred. For hundreds of servicemen and their families, it left an untold legacy of grief and pain. The great majority of casualties were aboard Sir Galahad, which was packed with hundreds of Welsh Guards and tons of fuel and ammunition. They were waiting to be ferried ashore, ready to take part in the battle for Port Stanley, but there was a scarcity of landing craft at Fitzroy and disembarkation was seriously delayed. Timewatch tells the story of the bombing at Fitzroy, the events that led up to it, and the factors that contributed to the disaster.moreless
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