Crossed The Bar
Falklands RN - KIA
Falklands War Day by Day Account
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The Falklands War
Retaking of Falkland 25th May 1982.
May 25th was another tough day for the British when another Exocet missile hit the
. This was a huge merchant cargo ship which was bringing important supplies and the large Chinook helicopters for the British forces to help them cross the Falklands. It was to prove a costly casualty and meant that the British were going to have to cross the islands by foot. It also meant that the transport ships had to remain in the dangerous San Carlos waters much longer as the heavy lift capability to unload them was just not available in sufficient quantities to allow the ships to turn around rapidly. The British were fortunate that they had already moved the incoming RAF Harriers off the ship and they would supplement the Royal Navy's Sea Harriers in the important battle for air superiority. The picket ship
was also hit and sunk on the same day thanks to two direct hits from two A-4 Seahawks leaving 19 of the crew dead and 30 injured.
Special Tribute to
AB(EW) Adrian Sunderland
KIA on HMS Coventry 25/05/1982.
Despite all these setbacks, the Commando Brigade moved ashore and diligently set about preparing for their first encounters. They set up Rapier missiles on the hillsides and established a field hospital and supply depots.
The Harriers were finally able to demonstrate their Vertical Take Off and Landing Capabilities as hasty airfields were put together in order use them as refuelling and rearming areas and allowing the Harriers to be recycled back into combat more rapidly.
Those troops who had made it ashore became spectators of the aerial assault on the ships in the bay below them and in the skies above. The Argentine jets flew in incredibly low, hugging the land in order to provide cover from British missiles and machineguns. The downside to the Argentinians with this tactic is that often their bombs failed to explode due to their being dropped at too low a height to allow them to be armed correctly. Many ships that were hit were relieved to find that the bombs had not detonated correctly and so avoided the full potential impact of them. Despite this issue, no one could doubt the bravery and skill of the Argentine Air Force and the intensity of the assault on the ships in the bay. Fortunately for those ashore, few of the Argentine planes directed their firepower at them or their equipment and supplies so they could continue to prepare for the inland march and assaults. The landings had achieved what they wanted to achieve by getting the vast majority of the soldiers ashore with few casualties to them. It was the first substantial success of the campaign.