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I ran the idea for the VAM Falklands commemoration book run past Help for Heroes and the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA). Help for Heroes were completely onboard. The SAMA chairman was equally supportive and I believe that if the decision was solely down to him, he would have unquestionably endorsed. However, running the concept past 16 trustees and other members, including Julian Thompson (Comd 3 Cdo Bde), Chris Keeble (2IC 2 Para – participated in the Festival of Remembrance on BB1 on Saturday night), and ‘H’ Jones wife, sadly they just didn’t get the fact that whilst they were down there fighting, I was re-creating the battles I saw on TV in the living room with my VAM and are unwilling to endorse (one “Para” senior officer was also particularly offended at being represented by a “doll” – clearly all those canvassed were already senior officers at the time of the Falklands and so neither played with VAM themselves, or had children of an age where they would have played with them – if it had been the “Toms” the Chairman had canvassed, I believe it would have been a different story. Being 18-20 in 1982, they would almost certainly have played with VAM themselves). Without their endorsement I was going to drop the whole idea.
However, I have since decided to see if I can secure any publisher interest and see what happens. “Pen & Sword”, although stating that not appropriate for their readership, “think it is a great idea and well worth pursuing. It's definitely different to most things out there at the moment.”
Until the outcome is known, the pictures have been removed from my Photobucket album, which is why they no longer appear in the thread. If I cannot get a publisher onboard, a Tesco Photobook version I have produced to give an idea of what it could look like in print will be made available to anyone who wishes to purchase (directly from Tesco’s – not via me – I will just provide the book code). A few snaps of the Tesco Photobook Version are attached for interest.