➤ Lest we forget the Falklands: this is the day the war ended

Belgrano, sinking, Falklands, 1982

May 2, 1982: ARA General Belgrano lists heavily to port in the Atlantic Ocean, while its crew abandon ship. Sailor’s picture via Press Association

❚ TODAY WAS THE DAY 30 YEARS AGO that Britain accepted the Argentine surrender on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, 74 days after going to war. This returned the islands to British control. The conflict led to the deaths of 649 Argentine and 255 British servicemen and 3 Falkland Island civilians. The words yomp, Exocet and Gotcha assumed poignant everyday connotations.

➢ First losses in the South Atlantic in April 1982


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