22 Photographs of the Falklands War
22 Photographs of the Falklands War

22 Photographs of the Falklands War

Jacob Miller - July 13, 2017

The Falklands War was a ten-week conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British territories off the southern coast of Argentina, the Falkland Islands. On April 2, 1982, the Argentinian military invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and attempted to establish sovereignty over the lands.

The United Nations Security Council asked Argentina to withdraw in an attempt to resolve the conflict with diplomacy. The British responded on April 5, dispatching a task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making their amphibious assault to reclaim the Falklands.

The Argentinian government asserted, and maintains to this day, that the islands are Argentine territory. They believe that the occupation was an act of reclamation. The British government looked at the invasion as an attack on a land that had been a crown territory sine 1841. The inhabitants of the island are mostly descendants of British settlers and favored British sovereignty.

The conflict lasted for 74 days. Argentina surrendered on June 14, 1982.

Diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Argentina were restored in 1989 but neither government conceded their claim to the islands. In 1994, Argentina’s claim to the territories was added to their constitution.

In total, 649 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers, and 3 Falkland Islanders died during the conflict. One Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges, aptly described “the Falklands thing, [as] a fight between two bald men over a comb.”

22 Photographs of the Falklands War
Comander Alfredo Astiz in Falkland war 1982. copyright photo Serge Briez
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
During the Falklands war, British submarines were the first warships to reach the islands and began to enforce the Exclusion Zone around them.triservice
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
The aircraft carrier HMS Invincible, part of the British naval task force, silhouetted against the horizon as she sails towards the South Atlantic. Invincible left Portsmouth on 5 April 1982 and arrived at the Falkland Islands in early May. The task force was rapidly assembled following the decision to go to war and comprised 127 ships in total. © Crown copyright. IWM
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1) A Sea Harrier takes off from the ski-jump while various missiles, helicopters and vehicles crowd the flight deck of HMS Hermes. Some of the arms include 1000lb GP (General Purpose) bombs, Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Sea Skua air-to-surface missiles. IWM
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Men of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment wait on board the ferry MV Norland before the landings at San Carlos in the Falkland Islands, 20 May 1982. The landings, codenamed Operation Sutton, took place on 21-23 May. Around 4,000 British troops went ashore at Port San Carlos, San Carlos and Ajax Bay on East Falkland. © Crown copyright. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
The bow and stern sections of HMS Antelope float above the surface in San Carlos Water after the ship began to sink on 24 May 1982, during the Battle of San Carlos. Two bombs were dropped on HMS Antelope by Argentine aircraft, flying at extremely low level, on 23 May. The bombs, which did not explode, lodged in the engine room of the ship. One detonated while it was being defused. The explosion ripped through the ship, which later broke in half and then sank. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
Sunk- The General Belgrano was torpedoed by HMS Conqueror with the loss of 323 Argentine lives. dailymail
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
An Argentinian bomb exploding on board HMS Antelope off the Falklands. walesonline
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
Men of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment disembark from a landing craft during the landings at San Carlos. The landings were almost unopposed, but British helicopters and warships in San Carlos Water and Falkland Sound came under Argentine attack. HMS Ardent was hit and sank the next day and several British helicopters were shot down. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
British soldiers in the Falklands. Pinterest

22 Photographs of the Falklands War
A Royal Marine of 40 Commando on patrol near San Carlos, May 1982. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
A Royal Navy Westland Sea King HC.4 of 825 Naval Air Squadron takes off after transporting J Company, 42 Commando, Royal Marines from Port San Carlos to Darwin, East Falkland on 28 May 1982. At 2.30am on 28 May, British troops launched their attack on Argentine positions at Darwin and Goose Green. Although outnumbered, the British took both objectives after day-long fighting. IWM
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Evacuating wounded men, Mount Longdon, 1982. National Army Museum
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
A prisioner is escorted through the Falkland Islands during the Falklands War. June 1st, 1982. Daily Express
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
Men of 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment advance across open country from Teal Inlettowards Estancia House on 30 May 1982. 3 Para had secured Teal Inlet the previous day and now continued their advance on Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
An Argentinian army officer walks next to a British war plane that was shot down during the Falklands War. Reuters
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
5/06/1982 Argentine prisoners of war massed in Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, after their surrender to the British Falkland Islands Task Force. Pinterest
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
1) With Stanley surrounded, the Argentine commander, General Mario Menendez surrendered to Major General Jeremy Moore, Commander of the British Forces on the Falkland Islands, on the evening of 14 June 1982. Here, men of 7 Platoon, G Company, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards celebrate the news on Mount Tumbledown. IWM
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
Mrs. Thatcher visiting British troops in Falkland Islands, January 1983, after the Argentine surrender. rarehistoricalphotos
22 Photographs of the Falklands War
1) Aerial view of the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes at Portsmouth Harbour on its return from the Falklands on 21 July 1982. Hermes is surrounded by small boats which sailed out to welcome it home and large crowds can be seen on the quayside. IWM
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HMS Invincible returns to massive celebrations following the Falklands Conflict in 1982. Lined up on deck are Sea King helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron and Sea Harrier FRS1 aircraft from 800 Naval Air Squadron. rarehistoricalphotos

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