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On This Day… Argentina Invaded The Falkland Islands!

Written by: George Chittenden : 14 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 2nd April, back in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. The islands are located three-hundred miles off Argentina. They were first sighted in 1592 by a British navigator, but it wasn’t until 1690 when the first recorded landing on the islands happened, and British Navy Captain John Strong named them. The islands have been a British colony since 1892 and a British possession since 1833.

However, when Argentina’s special forces carried out their invasion using amphibious vehicles, they quickly seized control of the islands. As you can imagine Britain was outraged, and its leader, Margaret Thatcher quickly gathered a Royal Navy force of thirty ships which she dispatched to take back the islands. It took several weeks for the British ships to reach their destination.

Taking South Georgia Island back was relatively straight-forward, but it took several naval battles before the British could land troops on East Falkland. Several weeks of battle followed, but eventually Argentina surrendered on June 14th and the conflict ended. The British lost five ships and 256 lives during the Falklands conflict, and Argentina lost its only cruiser and 750 lives.

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