22 SAS days…drawn by Roy Thomasson ex B Sqn.

Forty years today I was part of an SAS eight man team aboard an old O Class diesel submarine sub surface off the coast of Tierra Del Fuego. We were on our way to attempt to take out the aircraft that were causing such severe damage to our fleet in the Falkland Islands waters.

There’s a story there, a great story…particularly if it ever gets told by both sides…us and the Argentinian Marines who were defending the location in huge numbers. But just maybe that’s for another day in the future…maybe the 50th anniversary if any of us are still around.

On our way in to drop off, the Argentinians on the Falkland Islands surrendered. Our Prime Minister pulled us back immediately…we will never know the outcome, would I be sat here writing this if the Argentinians just waited another couple of hours to surrender…we’ll never know.

Building up to the operation we would float on/off the casing of the submarine in small motorized inflatable craft…all done at night in the pitch darkness. We’d recce Falkland’s smaller islands and return to the sub. This photo is daytime training on the same sub off the coast of Scotland.

But this blog post today is about those who never made it back. Brave young men in their prime killed in action and accidents during this lesser known war by today’s global audience. Memories of young tough faces from all arms. I give my today to honour those.

Eight thousand miles from home…yet only four hundred miles from the coast of Argentina the war raged.

So, to my mates who never made it back, to the task force individuals who never made it back, and to the young Argentinians who we fought against who never made it back…today, the day of the surrender forty years ago, I think of you all.

No matter the side in war…”ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do…or die!”

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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  1. I always asked myself if it was worth it? I think listening to the islander’s and how grateful they were and are then it definitely was. Just my opinion. Steve.

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