Adventure travel The Falklands War / Malvinas War Expedition

The End of the Falkland War, Guerra de Malvinas       

El fin de las Islas Malvinas, la Guerra de Malvinas
Das Ende des Falkland-Inseln, Malvinas-Krieg
Slutten av Falklandsyene, Malvinas War...

AV-8B Harrier in the Falkland Islands
Pictures from the End of the Falklands - Malvinas War in 1982.
Fotos de la Final de las Malvinas - Guerra de Malvinas en 1982.
Bilder fra slutten av Falklandskrigen - Malvinas War I 1982.
Bilder aus dem Ende des Falkland - Malvinas-Krieg 1982.
フォークのエンドからの写真 - 1982年マルビナス戦争。

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"Enemy Contact"


  The End of the War 


  Argentine Soldier Helmets 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson


  Signing of the Surrender onboard the HMS Plymouth 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson


  Cruise Ship Canberra 


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  Cruise Ship Canberra 

Falklands War Ends and the Converted Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton

24x18 Photographic Print

  Cruise Ship Canberra 

P&O Cruise Ship Canberra Returns to Southampton Water
after Service in the Falklands War, July 1982


24x8 Photographic Print

  In Memory of Those Who Liberated Us, 14 June 1982 

Close-Up of a War Memorial in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands


Holger Leue
12x16 Photographic Print

  Union Jack British Flag, Falkland Islands 


Hi Jeff,
Back in the Falklands and in every war your training and expertise takes you to another level.  Although you are an individual, you have a massive team around you, from medics to chefs, gunners to signal men.  My job onboard intrepid was to protect that team.  I lost sight of this fact and was reminded of it some years ago by an ex SAS member, thanks to him I started on my road to understanding me.


John Rapkin
24x18 Giclee Print

  Falkland Islands and Patagonia, Series 


24x18 Photographic Print

  Map of Falkland Islands 


1st Lt. Mariano Velasco


A4 is C207,Mariano Velasco's plane
  Mariano Velasco's Airplane 

Photo from Neil Wilkinson

The A4 is C207, Mariano Velasco's plane! the picture is courtesy of
 Mariano Arribillaga and the aircraft is in the Museo Nacional do Aeronautica,
Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


A-4 Skyhawk



  Photos taken Later aboard the HMS Brazen 

Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen in 1986

  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Neil Wilkinson meeting Her Majesty the Queen
onboard HMS Brazen back in 1986,

The Brazen was my next draft after the Intrepid and while serving on her, we had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard as our helicopter pilot, so we did a visit to London and the Queen and Princess Diana came onboard and I met her, she was charming and everything you would expect from a Queen.  In 2007 I was honored to be invited to Buckingham Palace, to the Queens garden party

A note from the Webmaster:  Please take a good look at this picture, Neil is talking and Queen Elizabeth is listening very intently.  She has a legitimate smile and she is enjoying what he is saying.  She is a good lady.  


HMS Brazen going under the Tower Bridge in London
  Queen Elizabeth on the HMS Brazen 1986 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Brazen going under Tower Bridge in London

We had the Queens's son, Prince Andrew onboard the HMS Intrepid as our helicopter pilot he was there and he played as much a part as we all did when we were ready for battle.


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   Prince Andrew   


Prince Andrew in Naval Uniform Returns from the cruise aboard the Brazen, at Portsmouth Docks

The Brazen went out to the Gulf in 1983 and 1985, it is called Armilla patrol and it was getting tense even back in the 80's.


A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson


A Seawold Missile firing from the HMS Brazen in 1985
  Seawolf Missile HMS Brazen 1985 

Photo by Neil Wilkinson

Forward and Aft Seawolf missiles systems firing a live missile
back in 1985 in the Gulf.


  The Final Resting Place for the Aircraft Carrier 
  HMS Intrepid 2008

HMS Intrepid crew 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid Crew, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The veterans who attended the book launch, please note the exhibits in the background. Neil Wilkinson our starboard gunner in the conflict is 2nd from the right. I (Mike Quinn - that's me- is  on the 4th from the right at the back).


HMS Intrepid crew in Fareham Creek 25 years later
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

Pictured in Fareham Creek the next morning where we gathered to see our old ship Intrepid, many of us for the first time in 25 years. The veterans are from the left, Steve Dickinson, Rab Carrigan, Russell Morgan, George Heron, Neil Wilkinson and Mike Quinn.


HMS Intrepid in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Intrepid's final destination in Liverpool, in September 2008,  where she is being dismantled for recycling, and is contracted by the owners Leavesley International. The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.


HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool
  HMS Intrepid Crew in Liverpool, 2008 

Photo from HMS Intrepid Website

The Leavesley company were very kind in allowing up 40 of our veterans to gather for a final goodbye to HMS Intrepid, our former home 25 years earlier. We had a fantastic day exploring our old ship whilst the memories came flooding back.



   About Neil Wilkinson  

Born in 1959 and lived in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.  I didn't have the happiest of childhoods, my mum divorced in the late sixties and got involved with another man, he was ok to start with, then things started taking a turn for the worse, my elder brother and myself took the full brunt of it and we got regular beatings, what for we didn't know.

It got even worse for my mum when the guy actually hospitalized her, he then went for me for the very last time, he made the mistake of giving me time to pick up a carving knife and as he made his move so did I, i didn't stab him and just warned him that if he came any closer what would happen to him, he knew I meant it.

I suppose I joined the Royal Navy to escape from this sort of thing, I wasn't getting on with the foreman at work and he treated me like a dog, whistling me and give me mundane jobs.

I eventually left home in 1979 and signed up, I was loving it, I was in training learning my radar course when my father died and I was automatically taken off the course, then because there wasn't another course starting for some time I was left with 3 options, Steward, Gunnery or leave the navy and re-enlist at some other date.

There was no way I could go back, so I opted for the Gunnery school in Plymouth.

I loved every minute of the course and eventually got my first ship, it was waiting for me in Plymouth sound, HMS Intrepid, she was what is classed as an LPD (landing platform dock) and it was a daunting experience for me as the biggest ship I had ever seen was just in pictures.

We sailed that night, we went straight to Norway with a full embarkation of Royal Marines, the trips abroad were endless and after we had being to the West Indies and Med I was coming to the end of my time onboard Intrepid.

I had options, either go to a shore establishment or get another ship, I fancied the thought of getting another ship and travelling some more, my next draft came through and it was to be HMS Sheffield, a type 42 destroyer.

All this changed though in early 1982 when Argentina decided they would invade British soil, although when they did at first we had not got a clue where the Falklands were!

It became apparent that I would be needed to stay onboard Intrepid and a lot of men came back to Intrepid who had previously left her because the ship was going into a standby role.

So my draft to Sheffield was cancelled and I set sail with the ship, fully loaded with ammunition, stores etc and all got ready in two weeks.

We joined the rest of the task force, having being one of the last to be made ready, our ship was a vital piece in the machinery, we were to land 3 para in San Carlos.

The night before we landed the para's I was coming out of my mess and stood in front of me was a guy who 2 years previous had being a barman in my local bar pulling me pints of beer and was now in the para's, we had a good chat before he went off and got all his ammunition ready for the landings the next morning.

We closed up at action stations through the night, it was bitterly cold and dark, entering into San Carlos was so strange, there was no gun fire from the enemy, just the sound of ships dropping anchors!

As daylight broke the silence was short-lived, we were then subjected to a constant wave of aircraft ducking and diving into the bay and then in a flash gone, the pilots were very brave and courageous.

After sitting in my gun for over 31 hours we were eventually allowed to rest, I found a quiet spot and decided to write a letter home to my mum, telling her ho w much I loved her and that I didn't think I would be coming home, at least not alive!

Then before I went to sleep I prayed and cried myself to sleep, the next few days were similar.

When it was all over and I got home, my mum knew there was something wrong, she told me I wasn't the same person that went away, which is quiet understandable.

I left the Royal Navy in 1989.  As the years rolled on I was having some major problems, my marriage was on the rocks and I was loosing it gradually, no money although I always worked.

I was eventually diagnosed with having PTSD, for people who have never had this or heard of it, it is one of the most horrendous things that could happen, it changes a person and you have to live with it forever. I relive the Falklands every day of my life, but I learnt how to control my problem, not by doctors or shrinks, by finding out how it all works, learning techniques and making myself aware when the problems are going to hit me, how to cope with it all and it works for me.

The Royal Navy like every branch in the armed forces taught me discipline and how to live, i can honestly say it was the best ten years of my life and I would join again if I had my time again.

I am now remarried and I have two children, plus two children from my previous marriage, my two boys are grown up are like brothers to me.

My life has recently become very interesting lately after discovering that one of the pilots I was credited with shooting down in the Falklands had survived, after 8 months of trying to locate the pilot I eventually found him in February 2008, we are in contact through the internet and I hope that one day we could meet.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.


  A Letter from Mike Quinn (HMS Intrepid)


Dear Jeff,

I must congratulate you on your superb website.

I am a former shipmate of Neil Wilkinson who has been contributing to your site, regarding his experiences on our ship, HMS Intrepid during the 1982 Falklands war with Argentina.

Please find attached some photo's from our website, Photo no1 was taken in Aug' 2008 at Eastleigh Museum Hampshire, for veterans to reunite, and attend a book launch, of a photographic book on the Falklands ships remaining in Fareham Creek, Portsmouth, whilst awaiting their final destination, the "scrap yard".

The book is called "Ghosts of the Falklands" published by Hampshire County Council. It was put together by Tom de Witt and Trevor Evans. The Photo's are of veteran ships Intrepid/Fearless/Glasgow and Cardiff.

I would like to add further information for you and your readers.

I must say, that the HMS Intrepid veterans came together when veterans attended the Falklands 25 Remembrance Parade in London in 2007. As a result, the website was formed. We now have over 320 members, and the new veterans association is flourishing. We have had several meets, including in November a remembrance parade in our commanding officers home town of Cowfold in Sussex. On that day we met our former C/O for the first time since we served on the Intrepid. His name is Rear Admiral (Ret'd) Peter Dingemans DSO.

I would like to add, that your site is very supportive of veterans from all conflicts. Our own experiences must mirror those of many of your readers. Many of us have gone on and had happy lives, with their ups and downs, and some of us have not been so fortunate since serving our country.

It's natural to compare notes with your comrades on a reunion, as you would if it was an old workplace or school reunion. It was a most positive experience for us all, and for some of us their was a little anxiety in meeting up and going over old ground. However, what became apparent, straight away was the close bond and mutual respect we had for each other, often unspoken, and often demonstrated, depending on the persona of each individual.

The individual who struck me most, was Neil Wilkinson. Why?, because he was not loudest, he wasn't the largest and not the first person you would notice in a crowd.

Neil has been there and "got the t-shirt", Neil has a unique place in modern Naval History, Neil shot down 2 Argentine planes during his Action Station in "Bomb Alley", San Carlos water, where we discharged and supported troops ashore and supporting other Naval units.

Neil shot down these modern jets, in a Naval situation, with an old fashioned 40/60 Boffor gun. I might add, that this gun, which fired shells packed and stored in the second world war, was working, where more modern missile systems either afloat or ashore were not always so reliable.

Not only did he shoot these planes down, but in doing so protected with his comrades up to 500 members of the ships company at any given time, and also any ad hoc embarked forces at the time.

In 2007/8, Neil was out of work, he applied for jobs, maybe a 100 jobs, often without reply, he has suffered PTSD, indeed, at out first reunion he was out of work, but, its a measure of this man, he did not mention this fact in the reunion.

On finding this out, his story struck a chord with me, I knew his story, our story on HMS Intrepid must be told, because there is something in Neil's story that is extra ordinary.

I decided, that I would write a PLAY, in tribute to guy's like Neil, it will be our story onboard a warship in a modern conflict. I have no experience, my day job is a Fork-Lift driver in a warehouse, but someone has got to do it. It's been over 25 years now!.

Thanks again for this site and good luck to you and your readers.

Mike Quinn (Ex HMS Intrepid).


  A Letter from Jeff Dyrek to Neil Wilkinson 


Dear Neil,

Thank you again for all of your help and enthusiasm on this project.  It's interesting how a single letter can get so many people involved.  I am having brain storms again.
You mentioned that people may be offended.  Look at Simon Weston, he is glad to put his hand forward for the help on this project.  Look at Mariano's letter, he has graciously invited the very man who shot him down, and your family to come and visit him.  What a greater gesture of friendship and forgiveness can a man give.  This is what I am thinking about the entire project.  It's not to document you shooting Mariano down, or the fact that he sunk the HMS Coventry, it is to show that people are people and we must respect people and disrespect hate.  You didn't shoot him down because you hated him and he didn't sink the Coventry because he hated them.  But his letter and your attitude, both, show that hate was never a factor, you guys didn't even know each other, how could you hate each other.  With the world pushing harder into a third world war, we need to fight that push by showing that it's not hate that drives humanity, instead it is our love for our brothers, no matter where they should live that opens our hands to friendship and help.
The greatest threat to all of humanity is hate. This project is a veterans military operation to show that it's friendship, charity and friendship that we need to embrace.
Thanks again and have a nice day,
Your friend,



In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself

En la Argentina, el nmero de suicidios entre los veteranos de guerra de Malvinas es mayor que el nmero de vctimas de la guerra en s



War is bad, and that about sums up the message of Blessed by Fire (a.k.a. Illuminated by Fire), a well-meaning but thinly written drama that boasts some dynamic scenes of battlefront futility. To be fair, director Tristan Bauer's emotionally potent drama did win the Best Narrative Feature award at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, and it has the distinction of being the first Argentinean film to openly address the physical and psychological devastation that resulted from the brief 1982 war against British forces in the British-colonized Falkland Islands (or Malvinas, as they're known in Argentina). The legacy of that woefully imbalanced war is tragic beyond comprehension: In Argentina, the number of suicides among Malvinas war veterans is higher than the number of casualties from the war itself, and that sad statistic crucially informs Bauer's story (based on a novel by Engardo Esteban and Gustavo Romero Borri) about a present-day journalist named Esteban (Gaston Pauls) who served in the Malvinas war with Vargas (Pablo Ribba), who's now comatose and hospitalized after attempting suicide with a drug-overdose cocktail. The film flashes back-and-forth from the present to their experiences leading up to and including the decisive battle on Mount Longdon (re-created in a harrowing 20-minute sequence), and while Blessed by Fire is certainly no Saving Private Ryan, its chaotic battle scenes are impressively intense and painstakingly realistic, and Bauer is equally effective in showing the miserably cold battlefield conditions prior to the eruption of violence. As Esteban's memory takes him back to the horrors of battle, his friend's present-day suicide attempt resonates throughout the film, which is surely more powerful for Argentinean viewers than for anyone else. We learn very little about the central character, however, and Paul's performance is too passively blank to draw us deeply into his emotional turmoil. Still, this is one of the few films to deal with what has essentially become a forgotten war, and Bauer's noble reminder offers reassuring proof that Argentina's sacrifices will not be forgotten. --Jeff Shannon
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Acclaimed director Tristn Bauer presents the harrowing story of a band of Argentinean soldiers sent to fight an un-winnable war and left to bear the brutal scars of the past. After learning of a friend’s attempted suicide, a journalist goes back to relive his experiences in the Falklands.


2 Documentaries Global Technologies and Tactics 1 - Falklands War 2 - Lebanon Falklands War: Seamlessly documented on land and sea by frontline British News footage, the Argentinean junta invaded the UK-controlled islands. Thousands of Argentine troops descended on the island, and easily overtook the small detachment of British troops that were stationed there. The UN Security council call for the withdrawal of the Argentinean troops and fostered futile negotiations, as British troops advanced by sea en masse. British planes viciously attacked Port Stanley from the air, shooting down Argentinean aircraft. A British submarine sank an Argentine cruiser, killing close to 400 crewmen. More blood was shed as the advancing British troops reached their destination of Port Stanley to dismantle the Argentinean forces. Argentina surrendered the land, after nearly 1,000 casualties and a bloody battle over the remote island. Lebanon: British News cameras impressively documented the frontline clash in 1975, when the Palestinian Liberation Organization began infiltrating Israeli borders with attacks that brought Israeli reprisals. Israeli strikes and raids were unable to control the growth of the PLO army. In June 1982, a terrorist group attempted to assassinate an Israeli ambassador. Israeli Defense Forces attacked Lebanon again, moving in to the country in an effort to drive out the terrorists. The PLO responded with a massive artillery and mortar attack on the Israeli population of the Galilee. The operation's initial success led officials to broaden the objective to expel the PLO from Lebanon and induce leaders to sign a peace treaty. Most of the terrorist groups in Lebanon have not yet been disarmed, contributing to ongoing antagonism over border control.


The 1982 Falklands War witnessed the largest deployment of British Army Special Forces since WWII--the Special Air Service, the Special Boat Squadron, and the Royal Marines Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre conducted several spectacular raids during the war. One of the most successful, the attack by the D Squadron SAS against an Argentinean airfield on Pebble Island, proved the SAS motto--Who Dares Wins. But the war cost heavily on both sides--255 British and over 1,000 Argentineans died.


An A-4 Skyhawk Story from the Webmaster

While I was stationed at NAS Lemoore, in Lemoore California, my friend, Dan Dove, and I took a break and walked around to the side of the hanger to watch flight ops at night.  It was almost instantly that we saw an A-4 Skyhawk coming in with its wheels up and at a higher approach angle than we expected.  The plane hit the ground and there was a huge flash of light.  We didn't actually see the plane hit because it hit the ground behind the hanger of VA-127 which was across from our hanger at VA-125.  However, we did see the flash coming from behind the hanger.  I can't actually remember what we did after this, but we must have ran across the street because I remember seeing the airplane on the ground and the pilot was opening the canopy.

These A-4 Skyhawks were real good at doing belly landings because of the low wing and the wing tanks that you can see in the picture above.  The tanks were ground down, in half, and the flash must have come from the residual fuel in them.  The next day we watched the plane being hauled past our hanger with a cherry picker truck.  It looked like that there was zero damage to the plane and it also looked like it was just a toy hanging from that huge crane.  

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Sadly John, you and I are right.

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Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War; USAHEC's Next Lecture

Perspectives in Military History Roundtable

49th Annual Lecture Series

Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War

Dr. Conrad Crane

Chief, USAHEC Historical Services Division

In the years following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the United States military grasped at the best way to engage in two wars, while remaining the world’s super power. Dr. Conrad Crane, only recently retired from active duty service in the U.S. Army, found himself a modern Cassandra, warning the military leadership about the preparation requirements for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to conduct stability operations and counterinsurgency in Iraq. Dr. Crane’s continued push for proper planning in the eventual reconstruction of Iraq attracted the scrutiny of then-commanders General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Retired) and General James Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Dr. Crane and GEN Petreaus will discuss the development of the formal response to the unpreparedness of American Forces: Field Manual 3-24/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency. The presentations will be complimented by questions and discussion from panelists Dr. Richard Lacquement, Colonel John Martin, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel Robert Balcavage, all of whom either served under GEN Petreaus and were implementers, or worked with Dr. Crane in development of the Counterinsurgency (COIN) manual. They will discuss the implementation of the COIN doctrine, details about what went right and wrong in Iraq, and the lessons learned from over a decade of war.

Dr. Conrad Crane is the Chief, Historical Services Division, at the USAHEC, following ten years as the Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Dr. Crane previously served with the U.S. Army War College’s (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute after a 26 year career as an officer in the U.S. Army, including ten years as a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. GEN David Petraeus is a Partner at KKR, and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. He also commanded the U.S. Central Command from 2008 to 2011, and served as the Commanding General for the Multi-National Force-Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Richard A. Lacquement, Jr. is the Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower at the USAWC. He served for more than 29 years in the U.S. Army, to include assignments with ISAF in Afghanistan, as Chief of Plans for U.S. Forces Korea, and in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. COL John R. Martin served at the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, after he retired from active service in the U.S. Army in 2004. He has extensive experience in the Republic of Korea and at the Pentagon on the Army Staff, and was deployed over his career to Kosovo and Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. COL Robert Balcavage serves as the USAWC Chief of Staff. He commanded the 1/501st Infantry Regiment (ABN) during the surge in Iraq, and served combat tours in Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

DATE: Saturday, March 18, 2017

TIME: The USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room

For more information on both events and any last-minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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Insider’s Tour of Normandy’s WWII Battlefields

The historic town of Bayeux, France, will be the base for an Army Heritage Center Foundation tour of sites related to D-Day and the Normandy Campaign in France.  From Sept 24 – 29 th, 2017, a small group will be guided by historian  Dr. Brooke Blades, whose research programs have led him to iconic sites to be visited including the Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, and airborne landing areas near Ste. Mère-Eglise and Carentan.  The British and Canadian landing beaches and cemeteries, as well as interior sites such as the culminating battlefields between Falaise and Chamboise will be toured.  For the history enthusiast interested in in-depth information, including period photos, documents, maps, and reminiscences of battlefield commanders, this tour will be a rewarding experience. 

Accommodations will be provided by a three-star hotel in Bayeux. Travel through the picturesque countryside will be by motor coach to maximize opportunities to discuss sites to be visited.  Sponsored by The Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, PA, this tour is, in part, a fundraiser for the Foundation.  For details of the tour and a travel brochure, please contact Brooke Blades of NW Europe Study Tours at .




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Army Heritage Center Foundation’s Ninth Annual Membership Dinner to Feature BG Peter Dawkins, USA Retired and Legendary Musical Talent U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet

The Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Brass Quintet will perform at the Foundation’s 9th Annual Recognition and Membership Dinner on October 29, 2016 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle. 

This is the fourth time that the Brass Quintet, an element of The U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” has performed at the Foundation’s dinner. The Quintet is the first to honor new presidents with the traditional “Hail to the Chief” on live national broadcasts and frequently performs at the White House, presidential inauguration events, and at official state ceremonies in the Nation’s capital. Since its inception in 1972, the United States Army Brass Quintet has performed for a wide variety of audiences and dignitaries in more than 39 states and 12 foreign countries.

The Quintet eagerly sought out this event because they wanted to amplify the recognition of the Foundation’s awardees – Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA Retired and Lieutenant General Claude Kicklighter, USA Retired. See the U.S. Army Band Brass Quintet’s website for additional information and examples of their music at

The Foundation will present three awards during the evening’s program. Brigadier General (Retired) Peter Dawkins, West Point’s last Heisman Trophy winner , will receive the Foundation’s Living Legend Award for his excellence as an athlete and academic excellence while at the United States Military Academy and for his leadership as a Cadet and as a Soldier to our Nation and its Army.  Recognizing an individual who, though his efforts planning the WWII and Vietnam Commemorations, has made a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families, the Foundation has selected Lieutenant General (Retired) Claude Kicklighter to receive its Boots on the Ground Award .  Also, Members 1 st Federal Credit Union will receive the MG John Armstrong Award for being an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s efforts and instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus.

Included in the evening’s activities is a silent auction that includes gift certificates to regional attractions, restaurants, wineries, and golf courses, among other items. Dinner sponsorship opportunities are also available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or

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Cyber Security & the British Army

Published on the British Army’s YouTube page today. The British Army takes all threats extremely seriously and is constantly working to safeguard its cyber security. Threats are always changing and becoming increasingly sophisticated. Cyber security is vital to the welfare and defence of the nation. The British Army is constantly working to improve its cyber […]

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Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap Washington, Arnold, and Other Military and Civilian Leaders

As dawn broke on the chilly, dank morning of December 13, 1776, General Charles Lee sat writing letters in his sleeping gown in his room at White's Tavern, three miles from where his shivering American army was camped in New Jersey. The quiet mists outside the inn broke around twenty-four horsemen slipping slowly off the road to surround General George Washington's most trusted subordinate. Leading the raiding party, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton motioned his green-coated Loyalist troopers to take the building, trapping the rebel general and kidnapping him for the British. General Lee's sudden abduction was not a unique event during the American Revolution. On Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Mr. Christian McBurney will lead a roundtable lecture event outlining the tactical and strategic implications of the wide-spread efforts to capture both American and British leaders. His formal presentation will be followed by a discussion with two other Revolutionary War scholars, bringing the conversation full-circle by connecting kidnapping as a military option to other wars in U.S. Army history, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christian McBurney is an independent scholar from Kingston, Rhode Island, and a graduate of Brown University. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1985, and now serves as an attorney in Washington, DC.  Throughout his legal career, Mr. McBurney has continued his research and study into American military history. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing at the National Archives, the Naval War College Museum, the Society of Cincinnati, and numerous American Revolution historical organizations on the east coast.  Mr. McBurney is also a widely published author on the topic of special operations and Revolutionary War era spies. His books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014), and most recently, Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.

DATE: December 17, 2016

TIME: USAHEC opens to the public at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable discussion is from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.


PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room; For more information on both events and any last-minute changes in meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC homepage: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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USAHEC to host free lecture: Battlefield Death, Censored Imagery, and Home Front Morale in World War II

On September 20, 1943, George Strock's famous Buna Beach photograph brought battlefield death to the pages of Life Magazine, representing the home front’s first “official” glimpse of the hideous face of death in World War II. In reality, the photograph was months behind other efforts to show the reality of death on the far-away battlefields of the Pacific to the American public. Earlier in 1943, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) embarked on a campaign to convince Americans at home to make greater sacrifices in support of the war effort. Though officially censored, the OCD campaign included depictions of dead or dying Soldiers in their push. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dr. James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University, will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to place the OCD’s efforts in the context of the U.S. government’s fervent censorship of American servicemen’s death on the battlefield. Since the imagery of death was officially censored at that point in the conflict, the campaign became a defining moment for the emotional involvement of civilians in what had been, for many, a distant war. Dr. Kimble will reveal vital connections between the home front and the battlefront, and critique the Roosevelt Administration's handling of the war's most gruesome propaganda.

Dr. James J. Kimble is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts at Seton Hall University and, in early 2016, a Fulbright Scholar at Croatia's University of Rijeka. Dr. Kimble earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, and researches domestic propaganda, war rhetoric, and visual imagery. He is the author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (2006), and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (2014), as well as the writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II. Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Chaplain Center and School and was a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. He has been recognized by the National Communication Association with the Gerald R. Miller Award and the Karl R. Wallace Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Discourse. His newest book project (co-edited with Trischa Goodnow) is called, The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II, due to be published in early 2017.

WARNING: This lecture will contain graphic images of war-time death, including bodies of American Servicemen during World War II, and may be unsuitable for some audiences.

Please carefully consider your attendance.

DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multi-Purpose Room

For updates and any last-minute changes in “Perspectives” meeting times and places, please check the USAHEC website: or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Host Army Birthday Commemoration Dinner

To celebrate the Army’s 242nd Birthday, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s fifth annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on June 3, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The event allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers and Veterans, and their families.

The highlight of this year’s event includes a special program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Army Military History Institute (MHI), the predecessor of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Dr. Richard Sommers, a renowned Civil War Historian and longtime MHI historian will highlight the Institute’s legacy. The evening will also include a cake cutting and dinner, along with recognizing Soldiers and Veterans in attendance.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations across the Nation have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “We hope that, with the Army War College still in session, our large local retiree population and the presence of many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserves that we can sponsor an event which highlights their and the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that “The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to host the Army’s Birthday event in the Visitor and Education Center to better showcase this outstanding facility, dedicated to the Army and its Soldiers, to the Foundation’s membership and the public.”

Event Sponsors include BAE Systems, M&T Bank, Bimbo Bakeries, and Gannett Fleming, Inc.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to rsvp, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or



About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center


The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016 that added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits.  

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs .

USAHEC is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers and preserving their legacy through the acquisition of their letters, diaries, photos, and artifacts that document their service.  USAHEC also educates a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by making its collections available to the public in the Ridgway Hall research room, through exhibits on the USAHEC campus, and through special programs.   A Smithsonian Affiliate, USAHEC is a component of the Army War College.  Since 2004 when the facility opened to the public, more than 1.3 million have visited.  Learn more about USAHEC at .



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Historical Interpreter Pat Jordan portrays the “Angel of the Battlefield,” Clara Barton for Women’s History Month at USAHEC

Born in New Oxford, MA on Christmas Day 1821, Clara Barton was a bright, sensitive girl fascinated by her father’s stories of his military experiences with “Mad” Anthony Wayne on the Pennsylvania/Ohio frontier.  Later, when Fort Sumter was attacked and President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union in the Civil War, Clara headed for the front lines, taking supplies and nursing wounded soldiers, earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” After the war, she helped to locate thousands of missing soldiers for their families and shared her war experiences in lecture halls across the country.  She supported the Geneva Treaty which established the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war.  After her service during the Civil War, Clara founded the American Red Cross, saving thousands of lives in disaster relief here and abroad.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s History Month commemoration event, featuring historian and actress Pat Jordan, as she presents a living history portrayal of Clara Barton. The free event begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 and is open to the public. Ms. Jordan is a professional actor, playwright, and director, whose passion for history led her to bring the stories of famous American women to appreciative audiences throughout the country. She has performed at venues, including the 42nd Street and Clurman Theatres in New York, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, and in historical films such as Eyewitness to History, and History of the American Flag. She is a graduate of Villanova University and has studied at the HB Studio in NY and accredited venues such as Juilliard’s Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva, and Rutgers-Camden Summer Theatre Production Program.

Come celebrate Women’s History Month at USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Clara Barton! As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Treasures of USAHEC,” “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Stop by before the event for lunch at Café Cumberland which is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: .

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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Present Apron Strings


On October 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host the one-act play Apron Strings by Catherine Ladnier.  The showing will occur in the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Apron Strings chronicles the tumultuous years of WWII through the eyes of Eva Lee, her brother LT William Brown, and his wife, Mae, based on Bill’s and Mae’s letters to Eva written between 1939 and 1945.

LT Brown served in the China-India-Burma Theater and was a survivor of the HMT Rohna sinking in 1943, more than 1,000 servicemen died. The disaster was classified by the American and British government for 51 years.

Catherine Ladnier is a playwright who had no idea about her families’ contributions to World War II.  After her mother, Eva Lee, passed away, Ladnier had to go through personal items. She discovered hundreds of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, war ration books, telegrams, and a myriad of other mementos from World War II. She used these to create Apron Strings and share the story of one family’s experience.

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In April of 1917, the United States officially entered World War I, a conflict once known as “the war to end all wars.” Unlike anything before it, World War I fundamentally changed the way in which war was fought and evolved the concept of diplomatic relations into what it is today.  One hundred years later, the effects of World War I are more apparent than ever. On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will unveil the final installment of its World War I commemorative exhibit, “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I.” USAHEC’s exhibit opening will occur in conjunction with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s ceremony, happening the same day, and honoring the legacy of World War I and the United States of America’s pivotal role. The Centennial Commission’s event will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

The first section of the exhibit, currently on display in USAHEC’s Ridgway Hall, provides an overview of the war. The second section will highlight the numerous battles that occurred in World War I and the stories of the Soldiers who fought in them. Artifacts, photographs, and archival materials will help tell these stories and create an in-depth and engaging battlefield landscape. During the exhibit opening, World War I reenactors will be onsite to further immerse visitors into the lives of these Soldiers and to answer questions about this critical period of American history. The exhibit will also examine how the birth of new technologies, such as machine guns, tanks, poison gas, artillery, and aircraft, were integral in both influencing the outcome of the war and increasing the utter devastation it caused. 

The second phase of “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” will open at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, and is free and open to the public. After experiencing both parts of the exhibit, feel free to visit the many other exhibits featured at USAHEC, including “ The Soldier Experience” and “Treasures of USAHEC.” Visitors can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” or any of the other exhibits, please visit our website: 

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