Sir Max Hastings: Witness to the Falklands War

Sir Max Hastings became a household name reporting on the 1982 battle for the Falkland Islands. On the 30th anniversary of the Argentine invasion, he shares his memories of Britain’s “last really popular war”

British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is portrayed as pirate in an Argentine newspaper from 30 April 1982.(Photo by Alain Nogues/Sygma via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2012 edition of BBC History Magazine

When Max Hastings left Saigon in 1975 he promised his wife that his war reporting days were over. Having covered 11 conflicts and “never been scratched” he didn’t want to put himself in the line of fire again. But seven years later he found himself aboard a British task force powering towards the south Atlantic and the newly-occupied Falkland Islands.

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