Last year, on, 18 February, 2016, the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force was officially disbanded.
They provided around-the-clock aeronautical search and rescue cover in Cyprus and the Falkland Islands. Originally established in 1941 as the Air Sea Rescue, since aircrew who ditched over the English Channel had only a 20% chance of returning to their squadrons, the SARF evolved in 1986 to be helicopter-borne.
They had probably the best motto I’ve ever heard from a military force; not because of it being badass, but because it’s defiant in the effort of saving lives.
Argentine snapshot showing an Argentine soldier from Batallon de Infanteria Marina 5 (5 BIM) on Mount Tumbledown during the Argentine occupation of the Falkland Islands. The soldier is wearing a British Second World War style helmet (probably looted as a souvenir from the Falkland Islands Defence Force (FIDF) stores in Port Stanley) and is carrying a Ballester Molina pistol under his left arm. This photograph was one of many confiscated from Argentine prisoners by 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines Intelligence Section.
HMS Coventry (D118) at Hong Kong in 1980, then a British Crown colony. Two years later she was lost off Pebble Island, West Falkland, in battle with the Argentine Air Force. As her crew awaited rescue by HMS Broadsword on the flight deck aft, they sang Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Freshly-minted MFA Nell Stevens followed her muse to a remote, inhospitable corner of the Falkland Islands, intending to find material for a novel. She came away instead with this oddly engaging memoir of hunger, boredom … and penguins.
Delfina es una gatita rechoncha con un pelaje frondoso, ¡es muy mañosa y bastante vaga! Le gusta maullar cuando escucha tango en la radio (hasta canta duetos de tango con Argentina)
Gervasio es un gato de tamaño chico aunque es un gato adulto; es un poco arisco y desconfiado, pero si se muestra cariñoso es porque te ganaste su corazón~ Se tranquiliza cuando su dueño le toca la guitarra.
Leão es un gato grande y bien peludo. ¡No se queda quieto en ningún momento! Siempre anda correteando por todos lados (y tirando cosas).. ¡le encanta llamar la atención!
Lima tiene un metabolismo increíble; ¡come de todo, y no engorda! Le gusta dormir sobre cualquier tela que tenga bordados coloridos (más de una vez le arruinó los ponchos a su dueña)
Cholita es una gata tranquila, refinada y cordial. Le gusta sentarse en la falda de su dueña y que le cepillen el lomo. Le tiene terror al agua.
Lizzie es una gatita muy chiquita, le encanta estar en brazos de las personas y enredarse con la bufanda de su dueña hasta quedarse dormida. ¡tiene muy buena afinidad con Charles, la oveja!
Wilhelm Canaris (1887-1945), pictured in the late 1920′s. He would later head German Military Intelligence (Abwehr) under the Nazis, until arrested and executed for his role in the July 20 plot against Hitler.
October 1 1916, Cartagena–The German East Asia Squadron, once based out of Tsingtao, had long since been scattered and sunk. The bulk of it had been lost at the Battle of the Falkland Islands, with only a few survivors captured by the British. The Königsberg had been scuttled in the Rufiji Delta, with its guns and sailors now aiding Lettow-Vorbeck’s campaign in the southern third of German East Africa. The last survivor, the Dresden, was scuttled on Robinson Crusoe Island and its crew interned by the Chilean government in March 1915. One of her officers, Lt. Wilhelm Canaris, a fluent Spanish-speaker, was able to escape from internment in August, making his way over the Andes to Argentina by boat and horse. The German embassy in Buenos Aires was able to get him a fake Chilean passport and passage to Rotterdam, and was able to make it back to Germany by October despite an unexpected stop in Plymouth.
This escapade captured the attention of German naval intelligence, who recruited him for service in Spain. He helped to organize supply of German U-boats in the Western Mediterranean, and reported on Allied shipping targets. He attempted to return to Germany via Switzerland in February 1916, but was prevented from doing so by Italian police and was forced to return to Spain (his escape aided by the fact that Italy and Germany were not officially at war at the time).
The submarine campaign in the Mediterranean was immensely successful; on October 1, the Kaiser congratulated his submariners for sinking over a million tons of shipping there. However, by this time, Canaris’ usefulness in Spain was growing limited, as the British had become aware of Canaris’ role. On the night of October 1, Canaris and another intelligence agent left the port of Cartagena in a sailing vessel, then transferred to U-35 (whose cruise in July and August had singlehandedly accounted for 9% of the German haul of Allied shipping in the Mediterranean).
Most Royal Marines knew where the Falklands were - but not all. On hearing that he had been recalled because the Argentines had invaded the Falkland Islands, at least one man assumed that he would be engaged on operations off the west coast of Scotland.
We didn’t think to ask him where he thought Argentina was.
He was in good company in his confusion, when the First Sea Lord, Admiral Leach, told the Prime Minister and her cabinet colleagues that it would take three weeks to sail the Task Force to the Falklands, he was me with the incredulous response “surely you mean three days?” Thereafter, he saw to it that there was a map on the wall of the War Cabinet Room.
Ian R. Gardiner, The Yompers: With 45 Commando in the Falklands War
“ZA718 Bravo November - the RAF’s Most Famous Chinook”
Bravo November saw action in every major operation involving the RAF in the helicopter’s 30-year service life. Since 1982 it has served in the Falkland Islands, Lebanon, Germany, Northern Ireland, Kurdistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. The aircraft has seen four of its pilots awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions whilst in command of Bravo November.