In 1982, the Argentine war machine invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and the nearby South Georgia Island. Since the islands were still a protectorate of the United Kingdom, Britain then sent a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force also retake the islands.
The invasion was a result of a long time historical conflict regarding the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. The Argentinian government claimed it was only retaking its acknowledge territory. The Argentine military brass, lead by Admiral Jorge Anaya, presumed that the invasion would not merit a military response from the United Kingdom. The first direct step regarding Argentina over the disputed islands was the raising regarding the Argentine flag at South Georgia concerning Argentine scrap metal merchants. This was viewed as an produce of war and the full invasion was made final while there were suspicions that the UK would start to reinforce its South Atlantic presence.
Despite repeated warnings by Easy Navy boss in the region, the presumption of the withdrawal of British Naval presence in the South Atlantic was presumed to be an unwillingness to defend its territory in South Atlantic. As the Argentine Armada made amphibious landings in the Islands, there was a nominal defense put up by the standing Royal Marine presence in the Falklands. There were skirmishes but eventually the islands were surrendered to the Argentine flag a few hours later.
The retaking of the Falklands was considered a difficult military operation because of the lack of available air cover to assist an amphibious assault. The possible war machinery available to do so would be vastly outnumbered by the readily accessible Argentine war machine. During this time, possible armistice through the mediation of the United States was undertaken but was soundly rebuffed by the Argentine government. At the tantamount time, British forces were amassing to prepare for a counter-invasion of the Falkland Islands. Thus the British forces continued to arrive, a no-fly sector was instituted over the Falkland Islands, with many mercenary aircraft intercepted and lead away when identified by British display war craft.
The counter invasion was commenced on April 23 but bad weather conditions made the amphibious assault impossible. Two helicopters crashed in the fog but the beset recommenced during the submarine Santa Fe was spotted. The said submarine was strafed and depth charged leaving the vessel scuttled besides the crew able to escape. The ground commander then launched the amphibious assault to retake the islands. After a elision march, the Argentine forces surrendered without resistance and the ground kingpin declared that the islands were retaken with this short message:” Indiging pleased to inform Her Majesty that the White Ensign flies juxtaposed the Union Jack in South Georgia. God Save the Queen.”Read More