Falklands

Falklands veterans return to battle site on therapeutic archaeological trip

The former soldiers fought in the Battle of Mount Tumbledown in 1982.

Two British Army veterans who fought in the Battle of Mount Tumbledown are on a return visit to the Falklands for an archaeological and therapeutic mission.

Jim and Jon, two former Scots Guards, are on the islands with the Falklands War Mapping Project, sharing first-hand accounts of the battle.

On 13 June 1982, the Scots Guards took part in close-quarters fighting overnight, to secure the strategic position overlooking the islands' capital from the Argentinians.

The two veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and those accompanying them say the return to the battle site, 40 years later, can serve as a form of therapy.

The charity Waterloo Uncovered has a track record of using archaeology as therapy for trauma and injury.

Rob Eldridge, the organisation's welfare officer, told Forces News: "This exposure is very important and the fact that they're re-exposed over the duration of the project adds a quality which is afforded few people who even come on a pilgrimage and a journey back here."

Chief Operating Officer Katie Buckley said: "Being up Tumbledown with two veterans who fought tooth and nail and went through, honestly, what sounds like hell, to hold that position and to take that position, it's not like anything else we've ever done.

"The sheer scale and bleakness of the landscape is absolutely awe-inspiring. Having Jon and Jim with us, going through that, is an experience that I will absolutely treasure for the rest of my life."

The pilot project is part of a broader effort to map and record the many battles which were fought there during the Falklands War.