Sir Max Hastings: Witness to the Falklands War

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A conversation with Sir Max Hastings, who will offer his personal reflections as a frontline war reporter during the battle for the Falkland Islands, forty years on.

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The Falklands War began on 2 April 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. It remains the most recent external conflict fought by the UK without any allied states. Argentina has asserted that the Falkland Islands are Argentinian territory since the 19th century and, as of 2022, shows no sign of relinquishing its claim.

Sir Max Hastings’ reports from the Falklands catapulted him into the national consciousness. On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of the Argentine invasion, he will share his memories of the war.


Sir Max Hastings FRSL FRHistS is a journalist, author, and historian. As a war correspondent, he covered numerous conflicts across the globe, including the Falklands War. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Telegraph and Editor of The Evening Standard. His book, ‘The Battle for the Falklands’, was republished by Pan Macmillan in May 2010.

The webinar will be moderated by Bridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, and former BBC Diplomatic Correspondent.

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