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The liner QE2 departs from Southampton to take British soldiers off to war in

The liner QE2 departs from Southampton to take British soldiers off to war in


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The liner QE2 departs from Southampton to take British soldiers off to war in

The liner QE2 departs from Southampton to take British soldiers off to war in the Falkland Islands. After saying goodbye to tearful family members the soldiers boarded the ship. Pictured, Secretary of State for Defence, John Nott waving goodbye to troops. 12th May 1982

Phillips and MacDonald
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
Southampton
England
DM 82 2582

Media ID 21851816

© Mirrorpix

Cunard Departure Docks Falklands Falklands Conflict Falklands Crisis Falklands War Liner Ships Southampton 1982 Conservative


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This poignant print captures a significant moment in history as the iconic liner QE2 departs from Southampton, carrying British soldiers off to war in the Falkland Islands. The year is 1982, and tensions are high during the Falklands Conflict. Tearful family members bid farewell to their loved ones, knowing they may not see them for some time. In this image, Secretary of State for Defence, John Nott stands on the dockside waving goodbye to the troops. His presence symbolizes both political support and a somber acknowledgment of the gravity of the situation. As he waves his handkerchief in farewell, one can only imagine what thoughts are running through his mind. The QE2 itself serves as a powerful symbol of national unity and determination amidst adversity. A vessel typically associated with luxury cruises now becomes an instrument of war transport, highlighting Britain's commitment to defending its overseas territories. This photograph encapsulates not only a specific moment but also broader themes such as sacrifice, patriotism, and political decision-making during times of conflict. It reminds us that wars affect individuals at personal levels – families torn apart by duty and uncertainty. Preserved by Phillips and MacDonald under their Memory Lane Prints collection, this image allows us to reflect on historical events while paying tribute to those who served bravely in defense of their nation during this turbulent period in our recent past.

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