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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Woolly Al walks the kitty back
Woolly Al walks the kitty back, television documentary archive
1982, 1981-1992
Level of description
Collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box (0.01 m3)


Name of creator(s)

Brian Lapping Associates

Administrative / Biographical history

Woolly Al walks the kitty back is a television documentary produced by Brian Lapping Associates, a London based television production company, for BBC television Timewatch series, and broadcast on 11 Mar 1992. Executive Producers were Mark Anderson and Norma Percy, with Paul Mitchell, Director.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Brian Lapping Associates, via Prof L Freedman, 19 Mar 1992.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The television documentary Woolly Al walks the kitty back examines the international diplomatic efforts to prevent armed conflict between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, 1982, focussing in particular on the shuttle diplomacy of Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr, US Secretary of State, 1981-1982. The collection includes video recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted in the making of the documentary, as well as news footage and sound recordings relating to the conflict.

Interviews were conducted with eyewitnesses from the Argentine, Britain and United State of America, and included politicians, diplomats and military personnel involved in the development of the British and American response, both diplomatic and military, to the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), 2 April 1982.

Interviewees include Alexander Meigs Haig, Jr, US Secretary of State, 1981-1982; James M Rentschler, US Special Advisor to US President Ronald Wilson Reagan, and National Security Council Western European Department, 1982; Dr Jeane Duane Jordan Kirkpatrick, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1981-1985; Caspar Willard Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, 1981-1987; Gen Vernon Anthony Walters, US Ambassador-at-large, 1981-1985; Thomas Enders, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, US State Department, 1982; Brig Gen Basilio Lami-Dozo, Commander-in-Chief, Argentine Air Force, and member of the ruling Military Junta, 1982; Ambassador Gustavo Figueroa, First Secretary, Argentine Foreign Ministry, 1982; R Adm Roberto Moya, Chief of the Argentine Military Household, and Naval member of the Malvinas Working Group, 1982; Dr Nicanor Costa Méndez, Argentine Minister for Foreign Affairs, 1982; Wenceslao Bunge, Argentine industrialist and unofficial diplomatic representative of the Argentine Air Force, 1982; Estaban Takacs, Argentine Ambassador to the US, 1982; Sir (John) Nicholas Henderson, British Ambassador the US, 1979-1982; Rt Hon Sir John William Frederic Nott, Secretary of State for Defence, 1981-1983; Francis Leslie Pym, Baron Pym of Sandy, Bedfordshire (Lord Pym), Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1982-1983; Rt Hon Cecil Edward Parkinson, Paymaster General and Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1981-1983, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1982-1983; AF Terence Thornton Lewin, Baron Lewin of Greenwich in Greater London, Chief of the Defence Staff, 1979-1982; and Sir Robin (William) Renwick, Head of Chancery, British Embassy, Washington DC, US, 1981-1984.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above, with the interview transcripts arranged in alphabetical order by country.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Predominantly English, with some audiovisual material in Spanish.

Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available online and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

February 2002


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  • Conflict resolution
  • Diplomacy
  • Falklands War (1982)
  • Foreign relations
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Peace
  • Peacemaking
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dozo, Basilio Lami-, fl 1982, Brigadier General, Commander-in-Chief, Argentine Air Force
  • Figueroa, Gustavo, fl 1982, First Secretary, Argentine Foreign Ministry, 1982
  • Haig, Alexander Meigs, b 1924, US General and public official
  • Henderson, Sir, John Nicholas, b 1919, diplomat
  • Kirkpatrick, Jeane Duane Jordan, b 1926, US diplomat and political sciemtist
  • Lewin, Terence Thornton, 1920-1999, Baron Lewin of Greenwich, Admiral of the Fleet
  • Nott, Sir, John William Frederick, b 1932, politician
  • Parkinson, Cecil Edward, b 1931, Baron Parkinson, politician
  • Pym, Francis Leslie, b 1922, Baron Pym, statesman
  • Rentschler, James Malone Theodore, b 1933, US diplomat
  • Renwick, Robin William, b 1937, Baron Renwick of Clifton, diplomat
  • Walters, Vernon Anthony, 1917-2002, US General and diplomat
  • Weinberger, Caspar Willard, b 1917, US politician


  • Argentina, South America
  • Falkland Islands, South America
  • London, England
  • USA, North America

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