Falklands War: Your memories

Falklands War veteran Simon Weston: "You've only got to meet the islanders to understand what it meant for them"

Events are being held to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.

Some 255 British and 650 Argentine troops died after the UK sent a task force to the islands in response to Argentina's invasion on 2 April 1982.

The anniversary comes amid renewed tension, as Argentina has reasserted its claim to the archipelago - which it calls the Malvinas.

You share your memories of the war and its aftermath.

Enrique Alberto Cremaschi, Mendoza, Argentina

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Enrique Alberto Cremaschi

Every Argentine grew up with the hope of recovering Las Malvinas ”

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I heard the big news on radio from the BBC. Argentina was invading Las Malvinas! It took a few more hours for this news to be on the local media.

I was 18-years-old and should have been in service at the Argentine Air Force but postponed it because of my studies. My mates were sent to Comodoro Rivadavia from where most of the flights to Malvinas started.

The invasion and the war was madness, but the Argentine claims are not. I grew up and every single Argentine grew up with the hope of recovering Las Malvinas one day.

It was then a very confusing time in my country - I wish the invasion had never happened.

I guess the present would be very different now.

The BBC's Alan Little reports on the views of Falkland islanders

The islanders would not hate us. We would be working and living side by side by now.

I believe Las Malvinas should be another Argentine province.

I believe every person born on the islands are Argentine-born and as any other federal province they should have their own constitution, way of life, language, government and so on but under an Argentine flag.

Gregory Butt, Yorkshire, England

I was a young officer in 1982 when I was deployed to the Falklands with the Task Force on LSL Sir Geraint.

British Task Force heads for the Falklands Britain sent a Task Force to recover the Falklands

I remember being immensely proud to be taking part in a great adventure to retake the islands, which was also a morally right cause - how dare Argentina invade sovereign British territory?

I still feel very proud today; even with the sucking of teeth over the sinking of the Belgrano. At the time that attack was a significant morale booster.

It gave me and my comrades huge confidence that the country was serious and that we were being fully supported by politicians with the full array of legal force - within the limited parameters we all accepted.

Carl Evans, Stanley, Falkland Islands

At the time of the conflict, as a 10-year-old, the war was a long way away from North Wales where I grew up, so I'd change sides on a daily basis as re-enacting it all in the schoolyard would change with the direction of the wind.

Carl Evans and his family Carl, from Wales, and his family love living on the Falkland Islands

I now live in the Falklands and the islanders who I speak to every day are still very patriotic to the UK.

I've heard nobody even hint that they want to discuss or debate sovereignty with Argentina.

The anniversary of the war obviously opens up bad memories for some of the people who were directly affected at the time - what a trauma they must have gone through but I see more Union Jacks about the place than I ever see in Britain.

One local supermarket has a huge picture of South America with Argentina missing - it's under the sea. I think that says a lot.

Also the local pub toilet has General Galtieri's photo under the lavatory seat. I don't think Argentina's claim to the islands is well supported here.

I hope that the dedication to staying British that these amazing Falkland Islanders show is repaid with ongoing protection and the right to self-determination, as promised by London.

If the massive oil production that is planned to start locally does happen, things could get very interesting and it could be a worry that the interest in this place from our Argentine neighbours could once again be an oppressive one.

My family and I absolutely love this place and the people.

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