The Strange Voyage of the ‘Blonde Angel’. Captain Alfredo Astiz


ALFREDO ASTIZ in Falkland war 1982, copyright photo Serge Briez@capmediations 2015

ALFREDO ASTIZ in Falkland war 1982, copyright photo Serge Briez@capmediations 2015

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Dominic Streatfeild tells the story of The Strange Voyage of the ‘Blonde Angel’. Captain Alfredo Astiz had waged a very dirty part of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’. As part of the notorious ESMA he had kidnapped and disappeared mothers, daughters, sons – even nuns. As part of ‘Operation Alpha’ Astiz led a detachment of Argentine commandos to seize South Georgia island, raising the Argentine flag on 2 April 1982, a crucial act in the escalation of the Falklands conflict. His surrender and capture quickly became a problem for the British. Both the French and Swedish governments were under public pressure to discover the fate of their own nationals who Astiz had disappeared, but Britain, anxious over the fate of its own P.O.Ws in Argentine hands and bound by the Geneva convention, felt it could do little to help. What happened next was an extraordinary voyage to Britain for Astiz, the first P.O.W. to be held on British soil since World War Two.

Using newly declassified documents, the writer and historian Dominic Streatfeild explores the dilemmas that Astiz posed and finds those who dealt with the ‘Blonde Angel of Death’.

The Strange Voyage of the ‘Blonde Angel’. Captain Alfredo Astiz http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b062kg72#play

Producer
Mark Burman.

Official day of Falklands occupation by Argentine, March 25, 1982, Alfredo Astiz, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

Official day of Falklands occupation by Argentine, March 25, 1982, Alfredo Astiz, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

Argentina's flag-raising in falklands, official day of Falklands occupation by Argentina, March 25, 1982, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

Argentina’s flag-raising in falklands, official day of Falklands occupation by Argentina, March 25, 1982, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

Alfredo Astiz amid civil Argentina, official day of Falklands occupation by Argentina, March 25, 1982, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

Alfredo Astiz amid civil Argentina, official day of Falklands occupation by Argentina, March 25, 1982, Leith harbour photographed by Serge Briez, ©2014 Cap médiations

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