I made a number of posts on this site last year, in which I said that during my time in the Falklands from December 1982 to June 1983 I heard a number of Falkland Islanders express views about the number of Argentine casualties being much higher than admitted. To the best of my knowledge I have never met Mr Phillips, nor have I read his book. (One poster in the thread actually said I was Mr Phillips, and claimed his 25 Argentinian ears......I believe he was joking, but on ARRSE you can never tell)What makes it so unbelievable is simply the fact that despite all the other rumours and legends, this particular one was never heard of until someone published a book about it several decades later.
The majority of posters have taken issue with Mr Phillips, and have asked for evidence to back up his claims.
In an earlier post, Mr Phillips in fact referred to the book written by John Smith, a well-known as respected Falklands resident, which was published in 1984 and titled "74 Days". The book is a compilation of Mr Smith's diary from April 1 to June 15 of 1982.
I dug out my own copy, signed by John Smith during one of my subsequent visits to the Falklands after 1983. I was sure he had recorded accounts which sounded similar to those under discussion, so I re-read it. Whilst perhaps not "proofs" of the kind usually demanded by Russian trolls, I would suggest that his written diary entries could be acceptable as evidence of something which was being said at the time.
Here are some extracts.
13 April: "A party of Argentine troops has today been searching the beach down past the FIC ( Falkland Island Company) offices for bodies from one of their landing craft which was sunk during the invasion. Some have already been washed up."
17 April: "A bombing exercise by the Air Force with Pucaras is going on in York Bay/Tussac Island area. One of the islands was well alight by mid-afternoon, with the smoke and flames rising hundreds of feet into the air."
21 April: More on bombings continuing at Tussac Islands. "God knows what this is doing to the wildlife out there. It is said, although it is difficult to find evidence to support it, that the Argentine dead still being recovered from the invasion, and the deaths from exposure, are being put on the islands so that no trace remains of their losses, which during the invasion period were far heavier than admitted." (my italics)
13 June: "The Beaver hangar is said to be a mortuary, with hundreds of Argentine bodies in it."
End of extracts.
My point in drawing attention to them is that several posters have stated that they never heard of such stories in their own visits ashore to the Falklands post conflict.
Mr Smith himself makes the point that "It is difficult to find evidence to support it " with regard to the "body-burning" at the Tussac Islands.
However, his diary supports the contention that the story was circulating in Stanley at the time. I would ask Mr Phillips whether he interviewed Mr Smith, or simply drew from the book.