QEII docked in Southampton
A Queen Goes To War
A quarter of a century ago, Britain was at war with Argentina, over their invasion of the Falkland Islands.
Soldiers boarding QEII
With the warzone thousands of miles away, the military was faced with the massive problem of how to transport a fighting force there. They turned to the merchant fleet, and one of the most famous names of the sea.
QEII was just hours away from her home port of Southampton when the news was received that she was to be transformed and readied for war.
This BBC South documentary - first broadcast in May 1982 - tells the story of a Queen going to war.
last updated: 12/07/07
Have Your Say
Do you remember QEII going to the Falklands? Perhaps you were onboard or watched the ship sail from Southampton? Tell us your stories.
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