By Gregory Fremont-Barnes
At the evening of 1-2 April 1982, the Argentinian Junta led by means of Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its movement opposed to the Falkland Islands. On three April British top Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher confronted an appalled and livid residence of Commons to announce that Argentine military had landed on British sovereign territory; had captured the boys of Royal Marine detachment NP8901; had run up the Argentine flag at govt apartment; and had declared the islands and their inhabitants to be Argentine. a right away reaction was once required and a role strength used to be quickly assembled to move into the South Atlantic and retake the islands. From this aspect until eventually the Argentine quit on 14 June, the British forces fought what used to be in lots of methods a 19th-century variety colonial crusade on the finish of prolonged offer traces a few 8,000 miles from domestic. This quantity will aspect the foremost levels of the land crusade to retake the islands, concentrating on the San Carlos landings, the conflict for Darwin and Goose eco-friendly, and the ultimate battles for Mt Longdon, Tumbledown and instant Ridge, the mountains that surrounded the island's capital, Stanley.
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Followed 15 minutes later by more troops arriving at the airfield by helicopter. Those Royal Marine detachments outside Government House, finding themselves unable to resist the assault, fell back to the main position, with one section managing to disable an Amtrac with its anti-armour weapons. Meanwhile, the main body of the Argentine garrison, principally from 25th Infantry Regiment, arrived at Stanley airfield totally unopposed. By dawn Argentine forces had surrounded Government House and kept it under constant small-arms fire, with the Amtracs approaching in support.
Jenner D Coy, Maj. P. Neame 5 2 CAMILLA CREEK 2 6 BOCA HOUSE 8 MIN EVENTS 1 Owing to the completely exposed nature of the defended ground and its approaches, Lt. Col. Jones orders a night attack. The advance is conducted in silence – without preparatory artillery fire – but with rapid movement and hard shelling once contact made. Fighting between D Coy, 2 Para, and Argentine A Coy, 12th Regt. positions, 0430–0730hrs. D Coy, although ignorant of the location of Argentine positions and operating in total darkness, cleared positions with rifle fire and grenades.
British advance halts at Darwin Hill, 0930hrs, with daylight now exposing them to view; Jones, endeavouring to lead a flanking movement to the right of the rise, is killed, 1000hrs, replaced by Maj. Chris Keeble; stalemate until 1300hrs, when trenches rolled up from the extreme left. 7 SAS observation point before the engagement – a wooden hulk opposite Darwin Settlement from which they wrongly estimated Argentine strength at two or three companies of infantry, plus small numbers of artillery and air force personnel.
The Falklands 1982: Ground operations in the South Atlantic by Gregory Fremont-Barnes