History of War

GRAVES OF THE FALKLANDS

“ON A HILLTOP OUTSIDE DARWIN ON EAST FALKLAND, AT THE ARGENTINE CEMETERY, 121 ARGENTINIAN SOLDIERS WERE INTERRED IN GRAVES LABELLED ‘NO NAME’”

1982, driven by a need to distract his population away from a failing economy and the murderous actions of his secret police, Leopoldo Galtieri sent a powerfully armed force to occupy the Falkland Islands. The 60 Royal Marines based in Port Stanley were heavily outnumbered and given no option after a heroic three-hour battle. They would have fought on, but Governor Rex Hunt made the decision to call a surrender to prevent civilian casualties.

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