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The Falklands invasion as it happened – 30 years on

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A Twitter stream is recalling the Falklands War as it happened, 30 years on (picture: World of Good/fotopedia)

2 April 1982, Government House, Stanley: “Stop fighting, Mr Hunt! Come out, Mr Hunt! Tell your marines to stop fighting!”

It is 30 years since an invasion force landed on the Falkland Islands, starting a brief but brutal war that left many dead and others scarred – but also woke Britain up to the existence of its overseas territories.

This website cannot possibly keep up with all that is being said about the 30th anniversary, though the significant roles of St Helenians, and Ascension Island, deserve to be commemorated. The site will give space to anyone who wishes to do that, within reason (click here to send a message).

Those who wish to look back at events as they happened in 1982 would do well to sign up to the Twitter messaging website, and follow @WarDiaryF82, which will chronicle events day by day, as each one reaches its 30th anniversary. For the same story from an Argentine perspective, in English, follow @MalvinasWar.

This is its account of the invasion, as detailed in a series of messages this morning:

  • 2300 hrs last night – 90 Arg’ commandos land Seal Point, S. of Stanley. 2 groups – one targets Moody Barracks, the other Govt. House.
  • 0530 sound of gunfire and explosions at Moody Barracks – which was empty. Leaves no doubt about Arg’ intentions re: peaceful insertion
  • Main Arg’ force landing at Yorke Bay, N. of Stanley. Beach defence abandoned. R. Marines retire to Govt. House, already under attack.
  • Govt. House defended by 30 under heavy fire.  Commando’s silencers and flash eliminators make it difficult to pinpoint targets in dark
  • Patrick Watts – DJ at Falkland Islands Broadcasting Service plays ‘Strangers in the Night’.  Stays on air even as Arg’ troops burst in.
  • Govt. House – “Stop fighting Mr Hunt! Come out Mr Hunt! Tell your marines to stop fighting!”
  • Govt. House – “Fuck off! We’re not going to surrender If you want us come and get us!’”
  • Govt. House – Arg’ commando casualties incl. 1 man dead. Amtracs from main landings arrive Stanley – engaged with anti-tank weapons.
  • 0925 (local) Admiral Busser arrives Govt. House. Gov. Hunt orders Maj Norman and marines to lay down their arms. The fight is over.
  • London 0945 BST (0645 Stanley) Admiral Fieldhouse informed that all comms with Stanley lost. Lunch time, Endurance confirms invasion.

Radio presenter Patrick Watts recalls his experiences as the Voice of the Falklands in a Sky News web article, here.

Apologies for the naughty word… as a record of what was said in the heat of that moment, it deserves to be there.

£60m a year to defend Falklands
Harrassment of Falklands is illegal, says UK
Malvinas anthem and rescue pictures go online

BBC News website, Falklands anniversary coverage
Falklands War in 50 pictures

Argentine harrassment of Falklands is illegal, says UK

Oil rig: genetic picture
Rigged for a storm: Argentina is threatening criminal action against oil companies in the Falklands (library picture by Nate2B: click the pic for more)

Argentina’s attempts to make life difficult for Falkland Islanders are “illegal”, says the UK government.

The latest move has been a threat of legal action against companies exploring for oil in the islands. Its foreign minister, Hector Timerman, promised “administrative, civil and criminal” penalties, claiming Falklands oil belongs to Argentina.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “These latest attempts to damage the economic livelihoods of the Falkland Islands people regrettably reflect a pattern of behaviour by the Argentine government.

“From harassing Falklands shipping to threatening the islanders’ air links with Chile, Argentina’s efforts to intimidate the Falklands are illegal, unbecoming and wholly counter-productive.

“We are studying Argentina’s remarks carefully and will work closely with any company potentially affected to ensure that the practical implications for them are as few as possible.”

“The British government supports the right of the Falkland Islanders to develop their own natural resources for their own economic benefit. The Falkland Islands Government is, as always, entitled to develop both fisheries and hydrocarbons industries within its own waters, without interference from Argentina.”

Prime Minister David Cameron says he has discussed rising tensions over sovereignty with President Barack Obama, and that the US clearly supports keeping things as they are.

An atmospheric set of pictures of the Falkland Islands, taken by Reuters photographer Marcos Brindicci, appears on a photoblog, here. Besides the usual reflections on the 1982 war, there’s a shot of island Willy Bowles, helping school children across the road in Stanley.


Reuters archive of Falkland Islands stories and pictures


World Service to host Falklands debate

From UK-based Falkland Islander Graham Bound, on the Twitter messaging site:

BBC World Service World Have Your Say show from Stanley and Buenos Aires is on air Thursday 18.00 UK time. Could be interesting or a snore.


Falklands headlines: old rockers strike again (comment added)

The headline writers are evidently reaching for very old lists of the pop charts in their quest to make the current Falklands tensions ‘more punter’. It was, perhaps, inevitable that we’d be given ‘Don’t lie to us, Argentina’; but now the embroiling of Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters in the debate has inspired ‘We don’t need no Falkland Islands’.

It’s a corruption of a line from Another Brick In The Wall – lyrics by Waters, Roger.

The latest news is that Morrissey, former front man of The Smiths, has also gone public in support of Argentina’s claim to the islands. What headlines will that prompt?

Titles to play with include The World Won’t Listen and, erm, Bigmouth Strikes Again.

See the Pink Floyd lyrics here.


As a teacher at a school just a few miles from the Dachau memorial site, it pains me no end to see such useful idiots fighting over each other to do the most service to the fascist cause. Morrissey would have found his words perfectly at home here in Munich 73 years ago.

To hell with the principle of self-determination, of hearing the voice of the actual Falklanders themselves, of even recognising the historical record. I am deeply ashamed that such people are allowed to be given the use of British media to spout their fascist ideology despite lacking any qualifications, understanding or experience in the matter whilst proclaiming that they speak for me.

– Kier

Falklands tensions: Minister urges British boycot

Firms in Argentina have been urged to stop importing British goods, in order to put pressure on the UK to negotiate over the future sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. Industry Minister Debora Giorgi says they should seek alternative suppliers, according to the state news agency.
Read a news report (in English) here.


Malvinas anthem and salvaged pictures go online

Falklands War photographs and film saved from government destruction have been published on a new Malvinas blog launched by Argentina’s Télam news agency.

Click the pic to visit

The blog sets out ‘to wage the cultural, political, diplomatic and historical battle of the Latin American peoples against the British usurpation and the multinational colonialism exercised by the dominant sectors’.

The site also features a YouTube recording of a patriotic anthem, with full orchestra, overlaid with images of the islands, Argentinian soldiers and gravestones.

Lyrics translate as:

Absent, defeated, under an alien flag,
No land is more beloved throughout the fatherland,
Who is talking here of oblivion, of renouncement, of forgiveness?

Francisco ´Pancho’ Pestanha, who is responsible for the blog (, said undeveloped rolls of film were found in Télam’s photographic archives. ‘Many images were saved by the workers, because the dictatorship wanted to destroy them,’ he said.

‘The blog has enough space for culture, history, opinions and also biographies.’

News stories on the blog – in Spanish – include a statement by former Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters in support for Argentina’s claim to the Falkland Islands.


Télam news agency launches Malvinas blog
Argentinian photographs of the Falklands invasion

Islands are key to ice riches, says academic

Britain’s islands in the South Atlantic are frontier posts in a race for economic riches in the Antarctic, according to an academic in Argentina.

In past centuries, St Helena was a vital refuelling station for the commercial supply lines of the British Empire. Now, says Juan Recce, her sister islands have become key strategic assets, as jumping-off points for the ice continent and its underwater wealth.

‘The islands of Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, South Georgia and South Sandwich give logistical control of the path to Antarctica,’ says Recce, executive director of the Argentine Centre for International Studies.

He suggests Antarctica could yield great economic riches – not only oil, but also other natural resources that can be harnessed for the medical drugs industry.

‘Before, there was talk of krill as food for the future,’ says Recce on ‘Today, it is the race for patenting of biodiversity for pharmaceutical purposes, for control of mineral resources on the continental shelf that is submerged and control of hydrocarbon resources that may exist in the subsurface.’

Recce, who is executive director of the Argentine Centre for International Studies, is clearly writing for his country.

He says if Buenos Aires gave up its claim to Las Malvinas (the Falklands), it would be ‘giving up our genome heritage, biodiversity, mineral wealth and, perhaps, oil.’

It’s not about ‘the Kelpers’, he says, using his country’s not-affectionate nickname for Falkland islanders – it’s about climate change, money from pharmaceuticals, and big changes in the way the world’s nations get their energy.

‘We are now facing a high-level game of chess. The Malvinas and Antarctica are, for the United Kingdom, part of a strategic power agenda.

‘The country’s margins expand with its overseas territories in the central South Atlantic.’

On the same website, another article says Britain is becoming unpopular with Argentina’s neighbours over oil exploration in the Falklands. Writer Matt Ince says pledges of support could leave Britain unable to bring in people and supplies through South America.

But he says sympathy and support for Buenos Aires are unlikely to lead to armed conflict.

Ince, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank in the UK, suggests Argentina’s president is using the Falklands to divert attention from spending cuts and restraints on media freedom. says it aims to be an ‘online knowledge hub for those wanting the inside track on European politics’ and the business world.