A Falklands veteran turned cartoonist has spoken to Forces TV on his experiences as an infantryman during the conflict, and how it inspires his artwork.
Having joined the Welsh Guards for a bet at the age of just 17, Will Kevans decided to illustrate his journey, in the hope of helping others overcome the traumas of war. Below we feature a summary of his story and some of the graphic drawings that bring his account to life.
In 1982 a motley crew of friends, fearless young lunatics with high-velocity weapons and mars bars, set sail for The Falklands.
This is the story of a group of Welsh Guards thrown into the unknown and the untold tales from Two Company’s advance on the mainland towards Port Stanley.
This story recounts the tragedies on board the Sir Galahad and at Stanley airfield and the end of the conflict, when 500 Argentinian soldiers were taken back to the mainland on a cross channel ferry, both sides singing Freddie Mercury classics to pass the time.
A percentage of the proceeds from the book is being donated to Combat Stress and SAMA Wales (South Atlantic Medal Association, Welsh Branch).
"The author, Will Kevans, is an ex Welsh Guardsman and now a comic cartoonist. Using his unique style, he has successfully navigated the irksome task of describing in visceral detail the bloody combat with the gritty banter and dark humour that is required of every guardsman.
Using his own wartime memories, Will Kevans has also created a mural depicting his old regiment in the trenches during World War One, Charlotte Cross went to meet him:
For more information on where to buy Will's book, follow the link: http://willkevans.mysimplestore.com/products/my-life-in-pieces-the-falk…