Stories for June 2001
It has long been a legend of the Falklands War that the Argentines defending Stanley were so terrified of the Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers fighting for the British, that they ran from their positions before the small but ferocious Gurkhas were able to make contact.
A recent estimate that as many as 100 veterans of the Falklands War may have committed suicide in the 19 years since 1982, seven of them in the past year alone, has caused concern in Combat Stress, the leading British charity concerned with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A report that the Royal Navy is so run down it is unfit to fight or mount another Falklands-type Task Force has been strongly denied by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in London. It declares: The Royal Navy's operational capability remains highly effective. The Government is committed to strong defence and the continued modernisation of Britain's Armed Forces.
As the Duke of York leaves the Royal Navy after 22 years service, he has been recounting his war experiences as a naval helicopter pilot in the Falklands Conflict.
The Royal Air Force is for the first time using the spoils of war captured from Argentina in the 1982 Falklands Conflict to provide aircraft and parts in front-line squadrons.
As Labour Party Prime Minister, Tony Blair, celebrated his Government's historic re-election in the United Kingdom with another landslide majority only slightly down on their 1997 victory, the main Opposition Party Leader, William Hague, announced his resignation to allow a new leader to rebuild his shattered Conservative Party.
Celebrating his overwhelming victory in the United Kingdom General Election, Prime Minister Tony Blair acted swiftly to re-shuffle his Cabinet and other senior Ministers to press ahead with promised radical reforms. His achievement is to win an unprecedented second full term of office for the first time in the Labour Party's hundred years' history.