Monday, 2 April 2012

Date With History: 1982

Thirty years ago today, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands - a British territory since 1833 - which led to a bloody, ten-week war. A Royal Navy armada of over 100 ships took almost 3 weeks to sail the 8,000 miles to  the South Atlantic colony, and Argentine forces eventually surrendered on June 14th.
The conflict resulted in the deaths of 255 British and 650 Argentine servicemen.
The republic of Argentina still claims sovereignty of the Falklands, which it calls Las Malvinas.

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