On 8 June five Argentine planes hit two British supply ships, Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram. They were destroyed as they moved men and equipment to a British-held position in Fitzroy, near Stanley. The Galahad was carrying explosives which were ignited by the attack. Around 200 men, many of them Welsh Guards, were killed or injured.Commissioned by Imperial War Museum’s Artistic Records Committee in 1982, Kitson became the first official female war artist to accompany troops into action during the Falklands Conflict. She travelled on civilian ships requisitioned by the Navy, as women were not permitted on naval vessels at the time. Kitson produced over 400 drawings showing all aspects of the conflict except the actual fighting, most of which occurred at night. Her drawings were often completed at speed in hostile conditions. Kitson’s most impressive and effective works are those recording the daily life and difficult conditions endured by the men who took part in the conflict.