A FILM of personal photographs taken by Argentinian troops during the early stages of the Falklands War has been discovered in the archives of a Portsmouth museum.
Undoubtedly, the young men pictured were no longer smiling when victorious British troops captured them as prisoners of war just a few weeks later.
And their mood would surely have soured further after a triumphant Royal Marine commando took their camera from them as his personal keepsake of the war.
For years, the images have languished in the vast archives of the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney.
They were found recently by image curator Alison Firth, who has put together an unusual new exhibit to mark the 30th anniversary of the conflict.
She said: ‘I find these pictures fascinating. There are certain images from the Falklands War that are famous and you get used to seeing them. That’s what I think makes these ones so interesting.
‘It’s a shame that we don’t know who these men are. We’ve got no information about them, but most of the pictures appear to have been taken in very close proximity to Port Stanley.
‘They seem to show the off-duty aspect of what it was like to be an Argentinian soldier in the Falklands.
‘What strikes me most is just how young they were.’
The pictures are on display now with other Argentinian belongings taken as war trophies by Royal Marines in the conflict.
Items include an Argentinian officer’s tunic, a pair of binoculars in their case, a steel helmet, a bayonet and scabbard, a pistol holster and an Argentine ration pack.