BROTHERS IN ARMS
|Release date||29th May 2007|
|Recording||Abbey Road studios, London, UK, 12th October 2004|
|Front & back cover|
commemorative issue CD-single, jewel case.
The Falklands War was an armed conflict between Argentina and the United
Kingdom over the Falkland Islands between 2nd April 1982 and 14th June 1982.
Brothers in arms has been re-recorded for the BBC in a one-take live
session at London's Abbey Road studios. Money raised from the release of the
track go to the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA) to assist with their
programme of treatments for Falklands War veterans who continue to suffer
the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More Falklands
veterans have died from suicide than were killed in the conflict itself and
others have had their lives shattered by PTSD. A very successful part of the
treatment offered by SAMA is a return to the Falklands helping victims of
PTSD to come to terms with their involvement in the war. SAMA tells that
as far as they are aware, none of the veterans who have made the return to
the remote islands in the South Atlantic have subsequently taken their own
Mark Knopfler: "'I'm touched that my song 'Brothers in arms', which I wrote at the time of the Falklands war, has been chosen to support the many veterans who are still suffering from the effects of that conflict."