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Audio slideshow: Island defenders

The Falkland Islands Defence Force is a volunteer civilian army, which was mobilised on the night of the Argentine invasion in 1982. Many of the 32 who reported for duty did not expect to survive until morning, but none were killed and they surrendered with the British Royal Marines on 2 April.

FIDF still trains weekly and maintains "Company strength". In peacetime it assists with search and rescue operations, and armed fisheries protection. This year the first official ceremony was held to mark its effort in the conflict, involving current volunteers and 1982 veterans.

Photographs by Phil Coomes; audio by Paula Dear. Slideshow produced by Dominic Bailey.




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