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War papers reveal Thatcher’s fighting talk over Ascension

Newly-released secret papers have revealed how Margaret Thatcher had to stand her ground over Britain’s right to use Ascension Island as an air base during the Falklands War. America’s senior diplomat planned to tell Argentina that UK use of the South Atlantic island had been “restricted” by the United States. But the tough-speaking Prime Minister firmly insisted: “It’s …

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Maggie’s shock at Falklands Invasion – and how Britain nearly agreed to fly the Argentinian flag in Stanley

De-classified documents have revealed the British government’s shock when it realised Argentina was about to invade the Falkland Islands. Only two days before troops walked through Stanley did Thatcher and her advisers realise what was about to happen. In October 1982 she gave evidence behind closed doors to the Falkland Islands Review Committee, set up …

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