The Falklands War 1982
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The Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1982 sparked national outrage and Britain felt she had to avenge such a humiliation and protect her own. This volume explores both the military and political dimensions of this important conflict, including detailed accounts of the air / sea battle, the Battle for San Carlos Water, Goose Green, Mount Harriet, Tumbledown and many others. It explains how success in the Falklands set the stage for the years of Thatcher's dominance, and restored British prestige. Including first hand accounts from both soldiers and civilians, this is an interesting, and thoroughly up to date appraisal.
Super Etendards, and then escaped overland to Chilean territory. With the Argentines alerted, many at SAS HQ Hereford thought the attack was suicidal and it was cancelled, much to the annoyance of the SAS's director, Colonel Peter de la Billiere. In addition to wearing down the Argentine air force the task force was sinking Sidewinder AIM-L missiles. The Americans had emptied NATO stocks of the latest version of the Sidewinder, which a pilot could fire head on at an enemy aircraft, rather than
task force had sailed from Britain there had been no time to store equipment tactically. The wait at Ascension Island had given 3 Commando Brigade's logisticians a chance to sort out the confusion, but when the task force sailed south again much still remained to be done. Thompson and Clapp decided to keep some of the supplies afloat, in part to give the logisticians the time and space to continue sorting, in part because the only place in San Carlos suitable for a logistic base was a small area
Goose Green to Sun Inlet House, from where they had telephoned Fitzroy, and learned from the islanders that the small Argentine garrison had withdrawn. On hearing this news Major Chris Keeble immediately commandeered the Chinook that had been seconded for logistic work to 5 Infantry Brigade for the day, and airlifted two companies and the headquarters of 2 Para to Fitzroy. This move, implemented without the knowledge of Moore's headquarters, posed severe problems. Although some Sea King
of efficiency, but they were sometimes amongst the worst offenders. The conscripts knew that they should be cleaning their equipment, shaving, washing, patrolling and doing stags throughout the night but they lacked the will to do these things. It was not part of their military culture. Many experienced sustained bombing and shelling, which should have shaken them out of their lassitude, but in many cases seemed to reinforce it. They would bomb us every night. They would start working their way
Scorpion 86 Task Force 40: 16 Teal Inlet 48, 56 Thatcher, Mrs Margaret 20, 21, 23, 57, 90-91 Thompson, Brigadier Julian 26, 48-49, 57, 60 Tidespring, RFA 36 Top Malo House 56 Tumbledown, Mt 62, 65, 83, 85 Two Sisters 67 United Nations 12, 24, 49 United States 92 support 24, 72 Training and Doctrine Command 75 Vaux, Lieutenant Colonel Nick 67-68 Veinticinco de Mayo 17 Vesty, Lord 11 victory celebrations 88, 90, 91 War Cabinet 23, 42, 45, 49, 61 Watts, Patrick 79 Weinberger, Caspar 24 Welsh Guards