Twenty years ago on the 2nd April 1982 Argentine Forces
invaded the Falkland Islands. The British Government responded
immediately by organising Operation Corporate, dispatching
advanced elements of a Task Force southwards to recover
the islands. South Georgia was recaptured without casualties
in late April as the remainder of the Task Force assembled
east of the Falkland Islands.
On the 21st May, Brigadier Julian Thompson's 3rd Commando
Brigade made initially unopposed landings at San Carlos
on East Falkland and quickly consolidated a bridgehead.
To secure the southern flank of the bridgehead the 2nd Bn
Parachute Regt fought the major land engagement at Goose
The Argentine Air Force, avoiding contact with British
Sea Harriers responded by attacking the Task Force at anchorage
in San Carlos water, eventually sinking a number of Royal
Navy ships. At sea Exocet missiles had been a constant threat
after the sinking of HMS Sheffield on the 4th May and the
loss of the Atlantic Conveyor carrying vital equipment and
supplies forced British troops to march eastwards. After
fighting a series of actions in the mountains west of Port
Stanley in early June, Argentine forces finally surrendered
to General Jeremy Moore on the 14th June, 1982.
The Sound Archive
began interviewing people who took part in the Falklands Conflict
in the early 1980s. Listen to extracts
from some of these interviews.
We have recently
started a second Falklands Conflict oral history project and aim
to interview as many people as possible over the next ten years.
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