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The Falkland Islands War

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The Falkland Islands War of 1982 was an unusual 74-day conflict fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina over possession of a small group of islands in the South Atlantic. The Falklands Conflict claimed over 900 British and Argentine lives, and contributed to the toppling of the Argentine dictatorship, while cementing the status of the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, as a significant player in international relations.


Falkland Islands War Timeline

April 2: Argentine forces invade the Falkland Islands.


April 3: Argentine forces occupy South Georgia Island.


April 4: ‘HMS Conqueror’ sailed from Faslane.


April 5: ‘HMS Invincible’ and ‘HMS Hermes’ sailed from Portsmouth.


April 9: ‘Canberra’ sailed from Southampton with 3 Para, 40, 42 and 45 Royal Marine Commandos on board.


April 11: The submarines‘HMS Spartan’ and ‘HMS Splendid’ arrive off the Falkland Islands.


April 12: Britain announces a 200-mile Exclusion Zone around the Falkland Islands. The destroyer ‘Antrim’, the frigate ‘Plymouth’ with M Company, 42 Commando, sail from Ascension to recapture South Georgia.


April 14: The South Georgia Task Force rendezvous with ‘Endurance’ already in the vicinity.


April 18: Task Force sails from Ascension Island.


April 21/22: Troops from the SAS are inserted and then extracted from South Georgia.


April 25: The Royal Marines and SAS retake South Georgia.


April 26: The formal surrender of Argentine forces on South Georgia Island. 2 Para sailed from Hull on the ‘Norland’.


May 1: Task Force entered the Exclusion Zone. Vulcan bomber ‘Black Buck’ attacked the runway at Port Stanley. First air attacks by Harriers on Argentine positions on the Falklands. SAS and SBS landed on the islands.


May 2: The Argentine ship, ‘General Belgrano’ sunk by ‘HMS Conqueror’.


May 4: The destroyer ‘HMS Sheffield’ was hit by an Exocet missile. 20 men were killed. First Harrier lost over Goose Green.


May 12: Fifth Army Brigade sailed from Southampton on the QE2. ‘HMS Glasgow’ disabled by an Argentine bomb.


May 14: The SAS raid Pebble Island.


May 19: 21 men from the SAS are killed when their helicopter crashes into the sea.


May 21: The first British landings at San Carlos Bay begin. Men from the Royal Marines and Paras land along with commando artillery and engineer units. The ‘HMS Ardent’is lost to Argentine counter-attacks.


May 23: The British ship, ‘HMS Antelope’ lost.


May 24: ‘Sir Lancelot’ and ‘Sir Galahad’ are hit but the bombs fail to explode.


May 25: ‘HMS Coventry’ lost; ‘HMS Broadsword’ damaged; ‘Atlantic Conveyor’ hit by an Exocet missile.


May 27: Battle for Goose Green/Darwin begins.


May 28: Argentine forces at Goose Green surrendered to 2 Para. ‘Atlantic Conveyor’ sank.


May 30: 3 Para and 45 Commando reached Estancia House and Teal Inlet. Mount Kent captured by 42 Commando and SAS.


June 2: 2 Para airlifted to Fitzroy.


June 8: ‘Sir Galahad’ destroyed at Bluff Cove with many killed and wounded, primarily from the Welsh Guards.


June 11/12: Co-ordinated attacks on Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet by British troops.


June 13/14: Attacks made on Mount Tumbledown and Wireless Ridge.


June 14: Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands surrendered.


July 13: Argentine government agrees to end hostilities with Britain.



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