The Falklands War: 35th Anniversary

The Falklands War: 35th Anniversary

Sunday 2nd April 2017 marks the 35th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion and subsequent occupation of the British Crown colony of the Falkland Islands, in the South Atlantic Ocean.  The Islands had been the subject of disputed sovereignty since the 18th century and whilst Britain regarded the development as an act of military aggression, Argentina claimed they were simply re-establishing their control over the Islands.  As Argentine forces conducted an amphibious assault on the capital Port Stanley and claimed the Islands as their own, a small garrison of Royal Marines were powerless to repel the assault by significantly superior forces and surrendered to the invaders - as developments were relayed to ministers back in the UK, the scene was set for war. 

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With politicians unable to broker a diplomatic settlement to the escalating crisis, the South Atlantic erupted in conflict on 1st May 1982 and for the next 74 days, the two nations went to war over this fiercely contested group of Islands, who’s inhabitants were determined to remain under British rule.  With both sides suffering significant casualties on land, sea and in the air, the commander of the Argentine garrison in Stanley surrendered to the commander of British land forces on 14th June 1982 and the Islands came under British rule once again. 

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