Carta de um Tenente Argentino

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Carta de um Tenente Argentino

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Dom Ago 04, 2013 9:03 pm

Senhores, abaixo a transcrição de uma carta de um tenente argentino que lutou contra os Scots Guards durante a Batalha de Tumblestone. A carta, direcionada aos veteranos desse pelotão fala sobre a batalha e principalmente sobre o respeito entre os combatentes. Em ingles apenas. Retirada do Grupo Falklands 30 no Facebook, grupo de veteranos britanicos e argies da Guerra das Falklands.

Letter to the members of the Scots Guards 2nnd
Hello Gentlemen,
I'm the one who in 1982 served as the 4th platoon leader / nacar company / 5th Batallion, during the battle in the West end of Tumbledown.
In 1982, I was a Lieutenant , the second officer rank in the navy, and I had 40 soldiers and NCOs at my position.
Like most of you, I am a professional soldier, and after the war I continued my career until last year, when I retired from the Navy Argentina, after 38 years of service with the rank of Captain.
Going back to the Battle of Tumbledown, I must say that I was surprised how the fight started, so close that we can not open fire on you at greater distances
.
This led us to you and us, to an melee infantry fighting that lasted between 2310 hours on 13 June until 0815 hours of June 14, when you took my foxhole which was the last one to fall.
It was a battle in which bothof us were fighting for our lives, but also for our honor as soldiers.
I never gave more importance if the reasons of the war were right or wrong.
That belongs to a level, that was not my responsibility as a Lieutenant, to be analyzed.
But rightly or wrongly, we both fight in just doing what we have to do like soldiers.
In this battle, 17 of my soldiers were KIA, and only 6 finish the battle without any wound.
I think these numbers speak louder than words, to describe what was that.
I am proud to have command that 40 soldiers on that night.
But I am proud to fought against you too
.
On that night you showed professionalism, discipline, courage and chivalry.
After the battle, my men and I have received the treatment of men by all of you, despite the bloody combat and emotions that we both had for our fallen and wounded comrades.
That sets the tone for who you are. True soldiers.
Each did his duty, and both have put into play the same, our lives and our honour.
So i feel you are true brothers in arms, that circumstances have led us to be faced.
In the years that have passed from the war, I received more recognition and satisfaction by the British military,than that of my own comrades and citizens.
I value it above all things.
When my son, Lieutenant Carlos Horacio Vazquez, told me to write this letter, it meant for me a great joy to be able to reach you with these words that many years ago i wanted to tell you.
Gentlemen, receive in my name as head of the 4th Platoon, my respect for you, my recognition of your value as soldiers, and especially my tribute to your fallen, for whom every year I order a Mass as for my soldiers, on this anniversary.
You have my utmost respect, and it will be until the last of my days.
God Keep You, and their comrades killed in combat.
Captain Carlos Daniel Vazquez
Argentina’s Marine Corps

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"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be."

"I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, and France has suffered even more than we have....the German dictator, instead of snatching the victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course."
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