A new book seeks to counter perceptions of who is to blame for the large loss of life during the Bluff Cove air attacks in the Falklands, but its arguments have met widespread objection. Tom Baker reports
SURVIVORS FROM THE BLUFF COVE AIR ATTACKS ARE HAULED ASHORE IN SMALL BOATS. THE RFA SIR GALAHAD CAN BE SEEN BURNING IN THE BACKGROUND
MAJOR-GENERAL MOORE HAD COMMAND OF BRITISH LAND FORCES ON THE FALKLANDS, AND IS A SUBJECT OF FRESH ALLEGATIONS IN THE BOOK PA/TOPFOTO
It was the largest single loss of life for the British during the Falklands conflict. On June 8, 1982, Argentinian aircraft attacked the troopships RFA Sir Galahad and RFA Sir Tristram, leading to the deaths of 56 men, mostly from the Welsh Guards. The Bluff Cove attacks (actually off Port Pleasant) have proven deeply contentious in Britain and a fierce debate over culpability for them persists.