Photos Falklands War Photos

Special Boat Service and forward observers from 148 Battery
A damaged Westland lynx on HMS Broadsword after it was hit by a bomb dropped from an Argentine A-4 Skyhawk during the 1982 war, the bomb ricocheted off the water, hit the aft starboard side and tore through the flight deck hitting the Lynx and exploding harmlessly in the water
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RFA Sir Percival in harbour.

45 Commando Group, outskirts Stanley. Bergens on

Stanley & Cathedral.


HMS Broadsword under air attack. Two pairs of Argentine aircraft attacked the ships at low level. Coventry was not able to achieve a missile lock on the first pair and Broadsword's Sea Wolf system shut down. Broadsword was hit by one bomb from the first pair, which bounced up through the helicopter deck, hitting the Westland Lynx helicopter, before exiting and exploding harmlessly
March 29th 1982: RRS John Biscoe arrives in Stanley bearing 41 Royal Marines of the 81/82 Naval Party 8901 detachment, finally arrived from Montevideo.

Major Mike Norman meets Governor Rex Hunt, as Major Gary Noott makes the introduction. Later, Noott asks Norman what the latest is from the FCO. He replies: "I'm told they're going to get stroppy, the LADE flights will probably be withdrawn, and we'll see in eight months..."

March 29th 1982: Though it would take some weeks for the UK to mobilise a task force, a large group of Frigates & Destroyers are already gathered around Gibraltar for the annual Springtrain Exercise, creating the nucleus of a fleet. Admiral Sir Henry Leach adds to it intuitively.
March 30th 1982: The MOD now receives definite intelligence of the Argentine invasion fleet; an Aircraft Carrier, four Destroyers, four more on the way, and a Landing Ship. News from the ground suggests the junta do not think it likely that the UK will send naval reinforcements.

The FCO now contacts Costa Mendez directly: "The potentially dangerous position which has now developed has in no way been of our seeking. A confrontation, which could seriously prejudice our attempts to resolve the whole Falklands issue, is in neither of our interests."

Falklands War. 25 May 1982. A pair of Argentine Air Force A-4 Skyhawk's make their attack run on HMS Coventry (D118). She was sunk, killing nineteen of her crew and injuring another thirty. Photo by Lieutenant Bell-Davis RN.

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The photo was indeed taken by Lt Bell-Davis but from HMS Broadsword. Broadsword was hit by a 500lb bomb that ricocheted off the water, hit the aft starboard side and tore through the flight deck hitting the Lynx and exploding harmlessly in the water

HMS Coventry was sunk during the same air attack
March 31st 1982: With tensions rising, Falklands Governor Rex Hunt orders HMS Endurance back to the Falklands. This photo of her, from March 31st 1982 is taken from on board the ARA Bahia Paraiso.

March 31st 1982: In London, intelligence suggests that Argentina has a Brigade sized invasion force due to arrive on April 2nd, referred to as their "day of action". Intelligence also suggests excellent cooperation between their rival services

March 31st 1982: In the Falklands, a small section of men is stationed at Cape Pembroke lighthouse by evening, but asked to cause no obvious alarm

April 1st 1982: Sir Anthony Parsons demands an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council: "I rang up colleagues in turn personally, saying would you be down at the council in an hour's time, the invasion of the Falklands is pending..."


April 1st 1982: US Ambassador to Argentina, Harry Shlaudeman, meets Galtieri in the Casa Rosada and reports that Galtieri "would not say what the Argentines are going to do. I deduce that they are therefore going to go ahead with their military operation


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April 1st 1982: At South Georgia the corvette ARA Guerrico joins auxiliary ship ARA Bahia Paraiso off of Leith, bringing a 100mm gun, 40mm & 20mm guns and 40 Marines to contest their ownership.




April 1st 1982: A Flash arrives at Government House in Stanley: "We now have apparently reliable evidence that an Argentine task force will gather off Cape Pembroke early tomorrow morning, 2 April. You will wish to make your dispositions accordingly."
April 1st 1982: Major Mike Norman & Major Gary Noott gather their men together and brief them on the situation and pending invasion. Most of the men think it's an April Fools joke, that each year, the new guys get told Argentina is invading... They soon realise it's serious

April 1st 1982: Major Norman looks into the possibility of using demolition charges from the Public Works Department to crater the runway at Stanley. Rex asks FCO permission. Cardington sends the following message, but it isn't received due to communications breakdown

In the end, it transpires it would take too long to prepare the charges, and so an assortment of vehicles are parked on the runway to impede any airborne landing.

April 1st 1982: As things begin to get serious, Rex Hunt arms himself with a Browning 9mm pistol. He was actually a well trained shot with a pistol, and was no stranger to danger, having been a Spitfire pilot as well as serving in the British Embassy at the fall of Saigon

April 1st 1982: A map of Stanley and it's environs. Orange & Purple beaches had to be decided on as which to defend, as there weren't enough men or barbed wire for both

April 1st 1982: President Ronald Reagan telephones General Galtieri, who shouts about "ultimatums" and says he will not turn back from his course. Reagan tells him plainly that "We will not be neutral on the issue of Argentine use of military force. After the call has ended, Reagan laments: "I guess i spelled it out, but it didn't sound as if the message got through."
April 1st 1982: The first Argentines come ashore in the dark; 91 Buzo Tactico & Comandos Anfibios in 21 rubber boats, to the South of Stanley. They land silently, bypassing a four man team in the dark who aren't Royal Marines, but are seen to be well armed through night scopes

They had Type 42 destroyer ARA Santisma Trinidad with 21 rubber boats carrying 91 SF and ARA Cabo San Antonio, a Tank Landing Ship with 21 LVTP-7 Amtracks each with 25 men of BIM2 plus 25 men of RI25, plus helicopters coming after, landing Alpha Coy BIM1.


April 1st / 2nd 1982: Another map showing the deployment of Royal Marine sections overnight, and the Argentine march around them... A great plan. The "X" marks are groups of armed men who weren't Royal Marines (assumed covert SF) seen by Argentine forces.

April 2nd 1982: In the small hours of the morning, Royal Marine PJ Berry sees dozens of black clad Argentine Commandos walk past his position on Sapper Hill. He radios in, asking what he should do. The reply is "Keep your ruddy head down!"

April 2nd 1982: The air is torn with explosions & gunfire as Argentine Commandos attack the Royal Marines barracks at Moody Brook, coming in behind the British position. With grenades and automatic fire, they go room to room, putting bursts in every bunk, only to find it empty.

April 2nd 1982: Government House is surrounded by Argentine Commandos who now pour fire into the building by night. After a few minutes, Lt Diego Quiroga shouts "Mister Hunt! It's time to give up. You are surrounded. Come out with your hands up..

Colour Sergeant Bill Muir replies "F*ck off, you spic bastards!" as the Royal Marines now open up and hurl fire back

Lieutenant Commander Pedro Giachino, Lt Diego Garcia Quiroga and Corporal Ernesto Urbina are all now laying badly wounded in the garden as one comrade runs for help and three more run back to the maids quarters and find a staircase.

A photo of where they were shot, in the chicken run of the back garden as they came around the corner of the maids quarters on the left.

April 2nd 1982: Seven men now dash forward into the garden and run around towards the back of the house, trying to find a way in. In the darkness, they run into four Royal Marines and a close gunfight ensues in which three Argentines are shot down
THAT WAS A GREAT explanation of events of the outset of the Falklands War mate.......KEEP IT COMING!!! Thanks for posting!! (Y)
You've got some pics there and the drawing that I've never seen before, GREAT JOB!!
Guarded by a Royal Marine, Argentine prisoners sit at the roadside after the fall of Port Stanley.
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On board Canberra when the naughty boys were taken home
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This is actually me guarding the POWS [on the left] I was a musician in the Royal Marines, so not expected to go to war, but we proved to be very useful in many different roles and also played music for the troops when off duty. Its all in my award winning book, The Band That Went To War!

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