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My Personal War Souvenirs

Article about: The course and result of the war are self evident of the poor performance of much of the Argentine military-hardly a surprise given that the only 'military experience' that the armed forces

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    Hello All,
    Thought I would share some of the Argy "souvenirs" I brought back from the Falklands in 1982 where I served as a rifleman/ sniper in the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.
    The Items I picked up at Goose Green and Wireless Ridge we were the only Battalion to fight in two battles.
    They cosist of the following;
    1, An officers sword (Same style as the German Issue)
    2, Two FAL FN Bayonets
    3, Two 1909 Machettes (We called them trench swords)
    4, A 1909 pat Bayonet (I got this from an Argy Sniper who was using an old Mauser)
    I will post more photos of each piece over the next few days
    i hope you like them

    Jim
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    A fine lot of souvenirs sir. Something to be proud of.
    SteveR

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    Hi Jim, I agree with Steve and thanks for showing these. It is good you managed to bring these home.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Well done Sir, Lovely pick ups! I couldn't bring much back from Iraq, though got an Iraqi Uniform. They seemed to have cracked down on the bringing back of military equipment as souvenirs.

    Best of luck to you!

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    Very nice items, and thank you for your service!
    Best Regards

    Vegard T.
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    Looking for militaria from 38. Batterie, Heeres Küsten Artillerie Regiment 977, also from 31, 32 and 36. Batterie.

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    Bloody Para's............they'll nick anything not nailed down. (JK

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    Amazing collection there! - but what nitwit would bring a ceremonial sword to an active war zone? - no wonder the Argies lost so heavily.

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    ]Thanks for the comments boys! What's up JK ? You seem to know the score...Normal rules apply if it's shiny and different it.s GGGGOONNNEEE! Lol!
    There were quite a few swords over there one officer was seen to be waving his around mor e for morale an rallying the men he commands than a practical weapon.......did not do them much good anyway.
    Once again thanks will post some close ups for the markings on them.

    Regards

    Jim
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    Last edited by Paratrooper; 11-02-2010 at 01:37 AM.

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    Hi ! As an argentine, I feel a huge sorry about this, but, taking away my personal feelings, from the historic poing of view, you have a great collection there.
    Could you please tell us more about that sabre (it isnīt a "sword"), where did you get it (in the battlefield or after the surrender) or any detail... I would love to rebuild the history and to know to who belonged.
    Happy new year!



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    Amazing collection there! - but what nitwit would bring a ceremonial sword to an active war zone? - no wonder the Argies lost so heavily.
    Lithgow, please donīt underestimate argentine forces, Mr Jim can give us more details, but they showed great bravery and patriotic decision to defend the islands after 60 days living in flooded fox holes, many of them with poor traingin and hungry because of brit air control who make almost impossible to get them food or supplies from the continent.

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    Nice souvenirs Jim , real war relics mate !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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