A new exhibition opens this week at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum to mark the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War.
The conflict began on Friday, April 2, 1982 when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.
On April 5, a large British task force set out on the 7,500 mile journey to liberate the tiny group of windswept islands in the South
Atlantic, and on May 1 the biggest naval action since the Second World War began.
The mission was to engage the Argentine navy and air force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault.
The resulting conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on June 14, with the return of the islands to British control. The fighting resulted in the deaths of 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel and three Falkland Islanders.
The new exhibition at the Dorman, in Linthorpe Road, includes photographs from the collection of the Imperial War Museum and the masthead light from the ill-fated RFA Sir Galahad, which was involved in an attack which accounted for nearly a fifth of all British losses during the conflict.
Featuring dramatic images and objects brought back from the conflict by Middlesbrough veteran Royal Marine Graham Fletcher, the exhibition offers an intimate portrayal of the personal side of the conflict and pays tribute to the members of the British Forces who fought and gave their lives.
The exhibition is open 9.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday until Sunday, July 15.