On the evening of 30 March 1982, Commander David Hall, chief engineer of the nuclear submarine HMSConqueror, received a telephone call giving him the order to 'store for war'. At first he didn't believe it. In the early hours of 2 April, Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands. On 4 April, HMSConquerorsailed out of the Faslane naval base to begin her 8,000 mile journey to the South Atlantic. She was sailing towards war and towards one of the most iconic battles of the Falklands conflict, an encounter that would result in the torpedoing of the first warship since the end of the Second World War. When the order was given to sink theBelgrano,the British nuclear submarine began a cat and mouse game with the Argentine warship.Conquerorstalked theBelgranofor two days, sometimes sailing as close as fifty yards to the warship's stern, before the torpedoes were fired. For the first time, we hear from sailors on both vessels as they tell their own stories of the events of that day.
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November 10, 2009
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