d

Source A is an extract from the final pages of “A Soldier’s
Song: True Stories from the Falklands” by Ken Lukowiak () which was published
in 1993, 11 years after the Argentine forces surrendered and the Falklands war
came to an end. The purpose of this source is to show the public what truly
happened during the war from the perspectives of soldiers that fought and
experienced it first hand. I think this is an important source as it’s
extremely easy for facts and accounts of what truly happened to be manipulated
by the media and it also shows the very real consequences that going to war has
on soldiers, both mentally and psychically. This extract gives a personal
account on the way in which fighting in the Falklands War has affected him mentally.
The opening of the extract speaks about how quotes that are used on plaques to
commemorate the soldiers that have died,  for example, “at the going down of the sun,
and in the mourning we shall remember them” feel like lies. The quotes don’t truly
represent how the soldiers grieve and remember the deaths of those who fought
beside them, it’s a lot more complex and disturbing than the quote makes it out
to be. I think it’s extremely important that this source is available as it
brings to light the reality of how damaging fighting in a war is, and in this
case he is suffering from vivid and gory images that are constantly on repeat
in his mind for 11 years. This is not surprising behavior as going to war
results in the majority of soldiers to suffer from mental illnesses including
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. On one hand, this source is trustworthy as it
gives an accurate insight to what soldiers go through by giving a first hand
account of what happens during a war and the aftermath. On the other hand, the
recounts given could be warped due to presence of mental illnesses. As well as
this, one person’s account doesn’t provide a bigger picture of what truly went
on during the Falklands War.