Sheltered No Longer

The Falkland Islands conflict is not a televised war, and almost the only real sense of the scene must come from the dispatches of British correspondents with the troops and the recollections of expatriate islanders. Here is a summary sketch of Port San Carlos before British troops moved out, derived from press reports and from interviews with Falklanders now in England.

It is early winter now. The daytime temperature hovers in the 30s, and at night the frost shades the windows of the few white wooden houses. When the wind doesn't roar, it howls in the rolling hills. Seagulls loop and cry...

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