Saturday, 15 June 2013

Liberation of the Falkland Islands 14th June 1982

I apologise for not actually posting this yesterday (family, real life issues prevented online access) but the 14th June 2013 celebrated the 31st Anniversary of the Liberation of the Falkland Islands.

14 June 1982: Ceasefire agreed in Falklands
A ceasefire between British and Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands has been agreed, the prime minister has announced.
Margaret Thatcher made the statement to a packed House of Commons. The news was cheered by MPs from all parties. More than 800 people have died since the first British warships reached the remote UK territory on 22 April, 20 days after Argentina invaded South Georgia. BBC correspondent Brian Hanrahan reported at 1530 local time (2030 BST) that British troops had been ordered not to use their weapons except in self-defence.
Negotiations for the surrender of the Junta's army on the islands are now being held between their commander, General Mario Menendez, and British second-in-command Brigadier John Waters.

It is hoped the documents will be signed within the next 24 hours.
Mrs Thatcher told the Commons land forces commander Major-General Jeremy Moore had decided to press forward to the capital last night after a series of successful attacks on enemy troops.
"Large numbers of Argentine soldiers threw down their weapons - there are reported to be flying white flags over Port Stanley," she said.

British control

The prime minister was welcomed outside Downing Street by a jubilant crowd cheering and singing when she returned from Westminster. Mr Hanrahan - who is with the UK troops close to the frontline - said the Falklands felt strangely quiet after weeks listening to the noise of war.
"The sound of the heavy guns, the bombs, the machine-gunning is gone. The island is still and once again Stanley is under British control," he said.

The Falklands War was the result of years of disputed ownership of the islands.
Argentina says it inherited the Islas Malvinas from the Spanish crown in the early 19th century. The country also bases its claim on the islands' proximity to the South American mainland.
The UK argues that most of the British-descended islanders want to stay British. Its case also rests on the country's long-term administration of the territory.
In Context
Hostilities officially ceased on 20th June 1982. The war cost the lives of 655 Argentine and 255 British servivemen. The victory greatly boosted the popularity of Thatcher's government which went on to win the next general election. Argentine president General Leopold Galtieri was deposed and served three years in prison for military incompetence.
In 1983 Argentina returned to civilian rule but it was 1990 before full diplomatic relations with Britain were restored.

Wargaming the Falklands War

Pendraken do a very nice range in 10mm Pendraken

Gripping Beast do a good range in 28mm Gripping Beast

There do not seem to be any specific rule sets for gamining the Falklands War. Mt preference would be addaptations to Crossfire or Force on Force.


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