Tuesday, April 02, 2019
On 2nd April
1982 Argentinian forces invaded the British overseas territory of
the Falkland Islands.
had claimed sovereignty over the islands for many years and their ruling
military junta didn’t believe that Britain would attempt to regain the islands
Despite the huge distance involved – the Falklands were 8,000 miles away in the South Atlantic – Britain, under the
leadership of Margaret Thatcher, undertook the extraordinary feat of assembling
and sending a task force of around 120 warships and rapidly refitted merchant
ships to the Falklands carrying over 9,000 soldiers and sailors.
task force reached the Falklands in early May. On 2nd May, the Royal
Navy submarine HMS Conqueror
sank the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano, with
the loss of over 300 of her crew. After
this incident, Argentinian ships remained in port.
the Argentinian air force still posed a significant threat. The Royal Navy lost
several warships to attacks from Argentinian aircraft, which were
armed with missiles. Its Fleet Auxiliary ships were attacked at Fitzroy and the
supply ship Atlantic Conveyor was also sunk.
British forces landed on the islands on 21st May. After a series of
engagements against a well dug-in but ill-trained conscripted Argentinian Army,
they began the
battle for Stanley, the islands’ capital on 11th June.
forces surrendered on 14th June 1982, with a loss of 650
Our gratitude goes out to each and every man and woman of the British
task force who took part in this war.
personnel gave their lives during this war, and many more came away
injured. Veterans at Ease has worked with some of
these soldiers, sailors and
airmen – Because
Military Minds Matter.
Not every injury is obviously visible