The Falklands War 1982
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The Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1982 sparked national outrage and Britain felt she had to avenge such a humiliation and protect her own. This volume explores both the military and political dimensions of this important conflict, including detailed accounts of the air / sea battle, the Battle for San Carlos Water, Goose Green, Mount Harriet, Tumbledown and many others. It explains how success in the Falklands set the stage for the years of Thatcher's dominance, and restored British prestige. Including first hand accounts from both soldiers and civilians, this is an interesting, and thoroughly up to date appraisal.
transports. All told, the assault force numbered just 7,000 men, who were amongst the fittest, the best trained and the most highly motivated of any soldiers in the world. in operation before France withdrew technical support. British warships also had guns, and these would be used to bombard Argentine positions prior to a landing. The object of all this air and sea activity was to put a landing force ashore in the Falklands. As this was an amphibious operation it was axiomatic that the three
he arrived in the United States 36 Essential Histories • The Falklands War 1982 on 25 April. By then, however, the prospect of a peaceful settlement was becoming increasingly remote. A week earlier three ships British bombs explode near Stanley airport. The focal point of British attention was the runway. First attacked by a Vulcan bomber on 1 May. the runway had several hundred tons of ordnance devoted to it. including a Sea Slug missile. Because British maps were 1.000 m out. not enough high
disco in the village of Ballykelly. Interviewed by the BBC's Robert Fox during the fighting at Darwin-Goose Green, a 2 Para NCO said that he was happy to be fighting against soldiers, and not 'the cowards of the IRA'. But the Falklands were only a brief interlude. Most of the Paras who fought in the Falklands were to see service again in Northern Ireland, and some who had survived the mortars and machine guns of Darwin-Goose Green and Longdon were to fall victim to snipers in South Armagh and car
General Mario Menendez surrenders all Argentine forces in Last and West Falkland. 11,400 prisoners are taken and subsequently repatriated. 21 June Port Stanley airfield opened for operations. Sir Galahad towed out to sea and sunk as a war grave. 12 July Britain announces that active hostilities over the Falklands are regarded as having ended; the Argentines fail to make any similar statement. 22 July Total exclusion zone lifted. Background to war Tango and tea dance: Argentine and British
had both claimed the Falkland Islands, and along with independence in 1820 Argentina had inherited the Spanish rights. In 1831 the American frigate Lemington had removed the small number of Argentine settlers, after they had been in dispute with American sealers. Two years later the British reasserted their rights and established a colony. The population grew slowly, peaked at about 2,400 in 1931, and then declined slowly to about 2,000 by 1980. During this century and a half the islanders