Britains Small Wars - Falklands (1982)

Discussion in 'Other Conflicts' started by spidge, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. georgew

    georgew Member

    I was only a youngster at the time of this war but I can remember the news reports like they were yesterday. The reason I'm on this thread is the news that once again, Buenos Aries is sabre rattling with regard to ownership of the islands and with GB military commitments elsewhere, I think the job of taking them back if Argentina invaded would be extremely difficult, especially as the Uk has no aircraft carrier.
  2. aghart

    aghart Former Tank Commander Moderator

    The difference now is the Mount Pleasant airbase. There is a fully functioning all weather , long runway airbase that will allow the rapid reinforcement of the Falklands in time of tension. It has 4 Typhoon fighters based there and is a fully defended airbase with radar, air defence missile batteries and ground forces.
    There is usually a reinforced company of infantry, a warship is always in the area and of course the hidden menace of a nuclear hunter killer fleet submarine. Once Afghanistan is over I would like to see the infantry levels increased to Battalion strength and a squadron of light armour sent there, although Argentina would of course claim we are provoking them.

    As for Argentina? the truth is that their armed forces are at the same level they were in 1982, the same equipment, unmodernised, they do not pose a threat, As long as the UK does not get complacent. The real threat is a special forces attack to capture or put out of action the airbase. If the UK remains alert there is no way that Argentina could invade the islands. If Britain does not stay alert then yes, any Argentine sneak attack & occupation would result in the loss of the islands for Britain with no hope of recovery.
  3. groundhugger

    groundhugger Member

  4. jimmyoc

    jimmyoc New Member

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