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26,229. The Battle of the Falklands heralded the end of Germany’s Cruiser campaign. (World War I & Falkland Islands) The First World War: Global War 1914-1916
72,118. British sovereign territory has been invaded by a foreign power. The government had now decided that the large task force will sail as soon as all preparations are complete. (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher
72,119. Just rejoice at that news and congratulate our armed forces and marines. Rejoice! (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher, press news outside Downing Street
72,120. We faced them squarely and we were determined to overcome. That is increasingly the mood of Britain. Now once again Britain is not prepared to be pushed around. We have ceased to be a nation in retreat. (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher, speech Cheltenham race course
72,121. Our country found its soul. (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher
72,122. It is exciting to have a real crisis on your hands, when you have spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment. (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher
72,123. We have to see that the spirit of the South Atlantic – the real spirit of Britain – is kindled not only by war but can now be fired by peace. We have the first prerequisite. We know that we can do it – we haven’t lost the ability. That is the Falklands Factor. (Falkland Islands & Thatcher) Margaret Thatcher
72,124. It’s a pity others had to leave theirs on the ground at Goose Green to prove it. Neil Kinnock, replying to heckler that Thatcher had guts
72,125. The Falklands thing was a fight between two bald men over a comb. Jorge Luis Borges, Argentinian writer
72,126. The Empire Strikes Back. Newsweek front cover
72,127. I counted them all out and I counted them all back. Brian Hanrahan, BBC news report 1st May 1982
72,128. I think the key difference between reporting in the Falklands and certainly all other war ... is that we – the hacks who were down there – were totally prisoners of the Ministry of Defence. John Shirley, journalist Sunday Times
72,129. The great catch-all that they could use to restrict anything that you said was this phrase – Damaging to Moral. John Shirley
72,130. The absence of foreign journalists helped to narrow our perspective ... I think that we all to varying degrees had a sort of love affair with the military. We all became Troopy Groupies. John Shirley
72,131. The Falklands War was the most managed story in the history of journalism ... total control of communication. Morley Safer, CBS News
72,132. This was the kind of war which existed in order to produce victory parades. Eric Hobsbawm, cited Marxism Today January 1983
72,133. Argentine Forces Seize Falklands. Marines captured – MPs will meet today. Daily Telegraph
72,134. Fleet assembles for Falklands Action. The Times
72,135. Shamed! Under the flag of occupation. Falklands fiasco leaves Government facing crisis Commons today. Daily Mail
72,136. Maggie’s Shame. Daily Mirror
72,138. The Sun Says: Dare call it treason. There are traitors in our midst. Margaret Thatcher talked about them in the House of Commons yesterday. The Sun editorial on myth of free journalists
72,139. The Ministry of Defence lost credibility particularly with foreign correspondents. Robert Harris, author ‘Gotcha: The Media, The Government and the Falklands Crisis’
72,140. This is the story of how Argentina could have won the 1982 Falkland’s War. And how Britain very nearly lost it. It’s the story of how a naval task force sailed 8,000 miles to fight a war few thought Britain could win. And how Argentina came within a hair's breadth of victory. Falklands: How Close to Defeat?
72,141. In the early morning of 2nd April 1982 Argentine Special Forces launched a surprise invasion of the Falkland Islands. In just a few hours 800 Argentine commandos backed up by warships and armour forced the surrender of the small British garrison that defended the islands. It looked like a conclusive victory, but the Argentines had just made a crucial mistake: they moved too early. ibid.
72,142. In fact the timing couldn’t have been worse. At that moment Britain had a huge naval fleet at sea for exercises. It didn’t take much to convert it to a task force. They sailed so fast they didn’t have time to offload the nuclear weapons they were carrying. A secret guarded for decades after the Falkland’s War. ibid.
72,143. The Argentines could have stopped them without firing a shot had they mined the entrance to St Carlos Bay. ibid.
72,144. Argentina came far closer to winning than anyone had imagined. ibid.
72,145. Deep in the south Atlantic the Falkland Islands had been a source of dispute between Britain and Argentina ever since the British had fist settled there in 1833. Known as Islas Malvinas by the Argentines the barren windswept islands are just three hundred miles from the mainland Argentina, and eight thousand from Britain. The Falklands Campaign
72,146. On 2nd April over seven hundred Argentine marines landed on the Falkland Islands and overwhelmed the small garrison of sixty-seven British Royal Marines protecting the island. ibid.
72,147. Tensions were heightened on 2nd May when the nuclear hunter-killer submarine HMS Conqueror detected the Argentine Cruiser General Belgrano and her escorts just outside the British-imposed 200-mile total exclusion zone. Though the Argentines were just shy of violating the zone the British war cabinet decided their weapons were a potential threat to the task force. The General Belgrano was attacked with torpedoes and sunk. 321 men lost their lives; the war had begun in earnest. ibid.
72,148. More than 700 Argentines and 253 British troops have died in the process. ibid.