Argentina/Brits Cyprus

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  1. Just been reading how the Main contributer to the UN forces in Cyprus is Argentina. Has this caused any friction/trouble with Brits? I can imagine some fun occurring when the two groups meet on the pIss.
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  2. Why would it?
  3. The Argies were out in Cyprus back in 95 or 96 when I was there, didn't cause much trouble then but we were on a tight leash because of the Louise Jensen buried alive thing...........good old Green Jackets spoiled a decent tour for everyone, not to mention poor Louise.
  4. At least they didn't spoil a whole campaign, like a certain other regiment. :roll:
  5. I was in Cyprus with UNFICYP in 93 when the Argentines arrived. Our Battery handed over the old DANCON sector to them and moved East into the old BRITCON/CANCON sector around Nicosia.
    We didn't have any problems with them. They were all professional soldiers (as opposed to conscripts), behaved impecably and were very friendly.
  6. I was at the famous meeting of Brits and Argentinans at the first Paris Airshow,after the war.A good time was had by all,although UK MoD were not impressed!
  7. Idle curiosity sated thanks
  8. A good example of the behaviour between the former enemies was shown at the Rememberance Service at Waynes Keep in the UN Buffer Zone, Cyprus, on Remembrance Day. Taking part in the service were officers and men of the Argentine Forces. What greater symbol of respect and reconciliation between former foes could you wish to see?

    My personal experience of the Argentine Forces has been during many Cyprus Run Club events in Nicosia. The year before last the Strovlos 6km Race had both UNFICYP Argies and Ghurka troops taking part, all very friendly and no problem at all.
  9. I spent 2 years with UNFICYP in the 90's, serving alongside and with Argentine Forces. I was on Op Corporate in 82 and was unsure what to expect. To a man, they were great. I made many friends, had some great times and discussed the Falklands Campaign openly with several of them who were also there. No hard feelings, no animosity, just professional soldiers getting on with it.
  10. Argentinian and British servicemen worked together in the 1985 Mexican earthquake.

    There was a true-or-not story doing the rounds back then that when an Argentine C-130 took off from Mexico Airport after being parked on the pan next to a Brit C-130, it was observed to have a Union Jack painted or stuck to the underside.....
  11. Worked with them 2005-2007. Excellent bunch and definitely know how to party. Never heard a better rendition of La Bamba in any squaddy bar.

    They're great BBQers as well!!
  12. engr172

    engr172 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    Having just done a UN tour recently I can say that the Argentinians, Chileans are very professional, very good soldiers. They like a beer and are a good laugh.
    No problems at all, that I am aware of.
  13. I was there for a long time as a civvie with the UN. I never seen friction/trouble. The Argentinians were very professional. I did notice that Britcon was in a Sector a long way away from the Argies though.
  14. They have maps of the world in there HQs with 'Las Malvinas (Arg)' or some such written on them...

    I managed to correct one of the maps for them. :D Poor things, they must have got them from a dodgy map dealer.
  15. There was an article in the UN magazine when I was out there where the UNPROFOR Comd (an Argentine General) was interviewed. One of the questions was along the lines of 'Your country and Britain fought a war fairly recently and now you have British troops under your command is there any animosity/problem'. His answer was along the lines of 'anyone who has studied history will know that there are few nations in the World that the British haven't been to war with. It is no problem.' I thought that was a pretty class answer. I used to socialise about once a month with the Argie helicopter pilots (speaking Spanish helped) and got a cracking brief from the Milinfo officer from the Argentine Bn. I thought they were good lads and very professional.