Falklands War Day by Day Account

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Events leading up to the invasion of the Falkland Islands

March 19th - Argentine scrap merchants land on south Georgia and raise flag.
March 22nd - Argentine ship leaves South Georgia, but team of Argentines remains on island.
March 24th - Argentines land 10 Marines on South Georgia.
March 26th - Argentine Junta makes decision to invade Falkland Islands.
March 31st - British learn of Argentine invasion fleet. They decide to prepare their own Task Force to recover the islands.

Day 1 - Friday 2nd April 1982

Argentina has invaded the British territory of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic.  The islands, off the coast of Argentina, have been a cause of friction between the two countries since Britain claimed them in 1833.  The Argentine flag is now flying over Government House in the Falkland Islands' capital, Port Stanley.
The head of the country's military junta, General Leopoldo Galtieri, has welcomed the "recovery" of "Las Malvinas" - the Argentine name for the Falklands.  General Galtieri said Argentina had been left with no option other than military action.  The invasion followed months of sabre-rattling and a build-up over the past few days of Argentine war ships off the Falkland Islands, home to about 1,800 people.
At 0600 on Friday 2nd April Argentina began "Operation Rosario" when a unit of Argentine troops landed near Port Stanley.  The leader of the Argentine forces, Admiral Jorge Anaya, had contacted the Falklands' governor, Rex Hunt, to appeal for a peaceful surrender.  The request was rejected and the 80 members of the Royal Marine regiment stationed on the island and 20 locals were mobilised.  By early afternoon they were vastly outnumbered by about 3,000 Argentine troops.  After an attack on Government House during which one Argentine soldier is said to have been killed, Rex Hunt ordered the British troops to surrender.  No Falkland Islanders or Royal Marines died in the fighting though one serviceman is reported to be badly wounded.
Argentina has invaded the British territory of the Falkland Islands in the south Atlantic.
The islands, off the coast of Argentina, have been a cause of friction between the two countries since Britain claimed them in 1833. The Argentine flag is now flying over Government House in the Falkland Islands' capital, Port Stanley. The head of the country's military junta, General Leopoldo Galtieri, has welcomed the "recovery" of "Las Malvinas" - the Argentine name for the Falklands.  General Galtieri said Argentina had been left with no option other than military action.  The invasion followed months of sabre-rattling and a build up over the past few days of Argentine war ships off the Falkland Islands, home to about 1,800 people.
The British Government has cut diplomatic ties with Argentina and started to assemble a large naval taskforce to reclaim the islands.  Questions are being asked as to why the government was so unprepared given two recent "invasions" by Argentine civilians of another British territory in the region.  In the latest incident in March they planted a flag on South Georgia, an uninhabited island 800 miles (1287 kilometres) north east of the Falklands.