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The School welcomed Major General Julian Thompson, CB, OBE, to the Old Chapel on Thursday 8 May, to provide insight into his experiences of the Falklands War.
As Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, the major general was at the heart of the planning and conducts of the War. Under his direct command had been the Royal Marine Commandos and the two battalions of the Parachute Regiment. 3 Commando Brigade was the lead British formation during the Falklands War, and made the initial amphibious landings at San Carlos in 1982.
Now a celebrated military historian, Major General Thompson retired in 1986 and has written extensively on the Falklands conflict and other aspects of British military history, including the Iraq War.
Speaking to a captivated audience of around 80 pupils, parents and friends of the School, he recalled the events leading up to the landings, and spoke about his memories of the conflict, and of his comrades.
Many veterans were in attendance at the Old Chapel, and the question-and-answer session that followed the talk gave comrades the opportunity to speak with the major general and share their memories of the War with the audience. The talk provided those who attended with a fascinating account of the major general’s involvement in the conflict, and was enjoyed by all.
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