British troops marching towards victory in the Falklands in 1982.
The Falkland Islands were found by an English
navigator, John Davies, in 1592. In the late 17 Century, Captain Strong landed
on the islands, claimed them to Great Britain, and christened them, honouring
the Navy Treasurer, Lord Falkland. The British permanently settled the
previously deserted and unoccupied archipelago since 1833.
Last, but not least, today’s Falklanders
and staunchly British and abhor the idea of forcibly (or otherwise) becoming Argentinians.
I strongly sympathize with them.
In April 1982, the United Kingdom
government ordered a naval task force to the South Atlantic to get back the
islands conquered by Argentina. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher showed great
political courage, determination and sense of duty by sending the air-naval
expedition, together with an expeditionary corps to face, fight and defeat the
British invasion from the landing in Port San Carlos,
to the capture of Port
The Falklands War was short, but hardly
fought with significant loss of life (c. 250 British and 650 Argentinians) and materiel.
The British troops prevailed, taking the South Georgia Island and the South
Sandwich Islands on the 20 June. On the 14 June, Port Stanley, the Falklands’
capital, was captured by the British troops and the war was over.
War Memorial in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.
Thirty years ago today, on 20 June 1982, the
Falklands War was officially terminated. Britannia still ruled the waves in the
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