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The Falklands War

Edited by Andrew Dorman, Michael D. Kandiah and Gillian Staerck

Published and copyright by the Institute of Contemporary British History, 2005. ISBN: 19 0516507 2

This witness seminar was held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC), Watchfield, Wiltshire on 5 June 2002. It was chaired by Professor Geoffrey Till (Department of Defence Studies, King’s College London at the JSCSC) and the paper was given by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman CBE (Department of War Studies, King's College, University of London and Official Historian of the Falklands Conflict for the Cabinet Office). The seminar was introduced by Rear Admiral John Lippiett MBE, Commandant of the JSCSC, 2002-3.

This seminar is free to download as a pdf file for personal research use. For guidance on citing it in publications, please see page 11 of the seminar. If you wish to reproduce part of the seminar to use in teaching, please email Dr Michael Kandiah ( to let him know. Click here to download (opens pdf file in new window).

A related seminar on official US perceptions of the conflict was held with the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center in 2003 and is available here.

Witnesses, with their position during the war:

  • Air-Chief Marshal Sir Michael Armitage, KCB, KBE, Director of Service Intelligence
  • Marshal Of The Royal Air Force Sir Michael Beetham GCB, CBE, DFC, AFC, DL, FRAeS, Chief of Air Staff
  • Field Marshal The Lord Bramall Of Bushfield, KG, GCB, OBE, MC, JP, Chief of General Staff
  • Captain Michael Clapp, CB, Commodore of Amphibious Warfare
  • Rt Hon Lord Parkinson Of Carnforth, PC, Chairman of the Conservative Party, Paymaster-General 1981-3, and Member of the War Cabinet
  • Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss, KCB, KBE, FRAeS, Air-Officer Commanding No.18 Group RAF and Air Advisor to Commander-in-Chief Fleet
  • Sir Nicholas Henderson, GCMG, KCVO, HM Ambassador to the United States
  • Sir Roger Jackling KCB, CBE, Head of DS11, Ministry of Defence
  • Major-General Sir Jeremy Moore, KCB, CB, OBE, MC, Land deputy to CINC Fleet and later Commander Land Forces Falkland Islands
  • Rt Hon Sir John Nott KCB, PC, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Admiral Of The Fleet Sir Henry Leach, GCB, KCB, DL, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
  • Major General Julian Thompson, CB, OBE, Commander 3 Commando Brigade
  • Admiral Sir John (Sandy) Woodward GBE, KCB, Flag Officer First Flotilla and Senior Task Group Commander

A version of this witness seminar was published in the Proceedings of the Strategic and Combat Studies Institute, Occasional Number 46 (2003).