HERALD COMMENT: Plymouth's Pivotal role
TEAMWORK of a very different kind played its part in one of the UK's most stunning military operations of the recent past.
Thirty years ago today, the Argentines invaded the Falklands, triggering what became a fierce but thankfully short-lived conflict which captured the attention of a global audience.
The operation to seize back the islands from the Junta's control became one of the defining moments of Margaret Thatcher's premiership. But it also marked one of Plymouth's finest hours in post-World War Two history.
David Owen, the former Devonport MP, who served as Foreign Secretary in James Callaghan's Labour Government, played a key role during the conflict.
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Recalling the start of hostilities, he recalled how Plymouth had been on the 'frontline' of the operation to seize back the Falklands, praising the way our city was so involved.
As Britain remembers this pivotal moment in our history, it is entirely right that Plymouth's efforts in the eventual success are duly recognised.