Thirty-five years after a conflict that cost hundreds of British and Argentinian lives, veterans appear in a documentary play to explore its impact on them
Lou Armour is a special needs teacher, an introspective man with a walking stick. If you passed him on the street you probably wouldn’t notice anything about him beyond his limp. But 35 years ago he yomped across the Falkland Islands and ran through a minefield under artillery fire on Mount Harriet. His section killed several Argentinians in a bloody battle and Armour found himself attending to a fatally wounded Argentinian soldier who spoke to him in English about visiting Oxford. He watched as the young man died.
Gabriel Sagastume is a grey-haired lawyer with sleepy eyes and an easy smile. He was an Argentinian conscript during the Falklands war and was positioned on Wireless Ridge. His unit was short of food and so several of them waded across a river to a nearby house to raid its kitchen. When they came back they were blown up by a mine, planted by the Argentinian army. It was Sagastume’s job to collect the body parts and put them in his blanket.