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Map Location of the Falkland Islands
- BBC Map
Falkland Islands War 1982
Argentina vs. Great Britain
Great Britain, under the iron leadership
of Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher, won.
Here's a prophetic Time magazine cover from 1979:
MAY 14, 1979
When Was the Falkland
Islands War Fought?
The Falklands War was fought from
April 2 - June 14, 1982.
The war broke out when Argentina
invaded the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982.
The war ended when Argentina
surrendered on June 14, 1982.
How Many People Lost Their
Great Britain: 256 people
Timeline of the Falkland Islands War
The Destroyer HMS
Sheffield on Fire During the Falklands War - May 4, 1982
The ship was
struck by an AM39 Exocet missile
fired from an Argentine aircraft six miles
was the first British warship to be
lost in action since the Second World War.
of her crew were killed.
Soldiers of 5 Infantry
Brigade disembark at a jetty from one of
HMS Intrepid's landing craft at San Carlos Water in the
June 1, 1982
Imperial War Museums, London
Falkland Islands 1982. Campaign Movements.
This map illustrates the following troop movements:
Night of May 14-15, 1982
Raid by SAS
2. May 20-21, 1982
3 Commando BDE lands
3. May 28, 1982
3 Para marches to Stanley
4. May 27 - June 4, 1982
45 Commando marches to Stanley
5. May 27 - June 2, 1982
2 Para takes Goose Green: night of
June 2-3 flies to Bluff Cove and
6. June 6-8, 1982
5 Inf BDE (2 Scots Guards and 1
Welsh Guards) lands at Bluff Cove
By the way, Argentina planned to blow up a warship in Gibraltar
during the Falklands War, or so the Independent reported on April 04,
Maps of the Falkland
Falkland Islands 1982. Distances from air
bases. Opening events.
More about the
Falkland Islands here.
November 2012 Update
Sir Rex Hunt 1926-2012
Former governor of the Falklands, Sir
Rex Hunt, died on November 11, 2012, aged 86.
Here is the British Prime Minister's
(David Cameron) statement on the death of Sir Rex Hunt:
Sir Rex Hunt should be a hero to everyone in
Britain. He gave years of dedicated service
to this country and to the Falkland Islands.
Faced with invading forces in Port Stanley
in April 1982, his courage, resolve and
judgement fired the spirit of the Islanders
and the British people to stand up to
aggression and to defend the rights and
freedom of the Islanders.
My thoughts are with his family and friends
as they mourn him today.
Margaret and Sir Rex Saying Ooooooooh at the
The Telegraph, Photo: John Stillwell/PA
And the New York Times published an article on November 17,
2012 — Sir Rex Hunt, Symbol of British Defiance in the Windswept
Falklands, Dies at 86.
Here is an excerpt:
At 3:25 a.m. on April 2, Sir Rex declared a
state of emergency. He sent his family to a
safe house and, according to the British
news media, did likewise with two cherished
possessions: a picture of Queen Elizabeth II
and a bottle of gin.
Before dawn, Argentine commandos landed on
the Falklands coast. By about 6 a.m.,
thousands of Argentines strapped with
bandoleers were converging on Stanley.
As a firefight raged outside his official
residence, Sir Rex held fast in his study,
pistol in hand, vowing to shoot any
Argentine who came through the door. (None
But when, about 9 a.m., armored personnel
carriers with mounted machine guns rolled
into town, Sir Rex, fearing civilian
casualties, declared a cease-fire. His men
had killed at least one Argentine fighter,
possibly more; the precise figure has long
been contested. There were no British
Surrendering, Sir Rex rebuffed the
outstretched hand of the Argentine
commander, Gen. Osvaldo García.
"It is very ungentlemanly of you to refuse
to shake my hand," General García said, in a
widely reported exchange.
"It is very uncivilized of you to invade my
country," Sir Rex replied.
And here is
the entire article.
If you speak Spanish, you might find this site helpful.
From Argentina's Military Site:
Fuerza Aerea Argentina - Conflicto de Malvinas