first published on July 20, 2019 by Will
On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falklands, a long-ruled British colony that Argentina claimed as part of their own sovereign nation.
In response, Britain sent their Navy to retake the Falklands. Upon reaching the Falklands Islands, the UK Navy feigned an amphibious assault to draw out and decimate the Argentinian Navy.
It worked, the British Harrier jets defeated the Argentine fighters, and the Argentine cruiser, the General Belgrano, was torpedoed by the British submarine, HMS Conqueror. Following the losses, the Argentine Navy was never sent back out to engage the British.
Argentina struck back in early May when Super-Etendard aircraft struck the HMS Sheffield with an exocet missile.
As the British 5 Commando Brigade began their landing operation, Argentine aircraft hammered the UK Navy. The British ended up losing two destroyers, two frigates, one landing ship, one landing craft, and one container ship.
The British ground forces won several short, but intense battles, pushing the Argentinian forces back until they surrendered on 14 June 1982.
A total of 650 Argentine and 253 British troops were killed in the fighting, but still no resolution was made. Argentina still claims the Falklands as sovereign ground, while the British maintain the islands as their own colony.