The Falklands 1982: Ground Operations in the South Atlantic
On the night of 1-2 April 1982, the Argentinian Junta led by Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its move against the Falkland Islands. On 3 April British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher faced an appalled and furious House of Commons to announce that Argentine armed forces had landed on British sovereign territory; had captured the men of Royal Marine detachment NP8901; had run up the Argentine flag at Government House; and had declared the islands and their population to be Argentine. An immediate response was required and a task force was rapidly assembled to head into the South Atlantic and retake the islands. From this point until the Argentine surrender on 14 June, the British forces fought what was in many ways a 19th-century style colonial campaign at the end of extended supply lines some 8,000 miles from home. This volume will detail the major stages of the land campaign to retake the islands, focusing on the San Carlos landings, the battle for Darwin and Goose Green, and the final battles for Mt Longdon, Tumbledown and Wireless Ridge, the mountains that surrounded the island's capital, Stanley.
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45 Commando 5th Marines 7th Regiment advance aircraft Amphibious anti-tank April Argentine forces Argentine garrison Argentine positions Argentine soldier Army artillery fire assault attack Battalion Blues and Royals Bluff Cove Britain Büsser Buzos Tácticos capture casualties Commando Brigade Company Coy’s defenders defensive positions deployed Detachment east East Falkland fighting Fitzroy flank Goose Green Government House grenades Grytviken helicopters Imperial War Museum Infantry Brigade June killed landing craft landing force logistic machine guns Menéndez miles minefields Moody Brook Moore mortar mountains move Mt Harriet Mt Kent Mt Longdon Mt Tumbledown Mt William naval night ofthe operations Para’s patrol Pebble Island personnel platoon remained Royal Marines San Carlos sangars Sapper Hill Scots Guards Sea King Sisters South Georgia Squadron supplies surrender Task Force Teal Inlet Thompson troops units Welsh Guards West Falkland west of Stanley Wireless Ridge wounded