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Falkland war [1982]



Dogfights have always attracted attention. Since the First World War, their participants have been considered heroes, stories have been written about nothing, and they have become idols of generations. However, the reality of air combat is much more prosaic. Whatever the motivation of the pilots to fight, there was always a winner on one side and a loser on the other in a crippled or burning plane falling to the ground. This series deals with the struggle from their beginning to the modern age, when the sky is steadily ruled by jet engines.

From Ascension to the end of the world

On April 2, 1982, units of the Argentine army occupied the hitherto virtually unknown Falkland Islands, which belonged to Great Britain. It probably didn't have occurred to the Argentine that the few almost uninhabited islands would be worth the British expedition to the other side of the world. But there should not be an oil field in the Falklands with a yield of two million barrels a day, and there should be no " iron lady " Margaret Thatcher in power.

Rapier - a kit for everyone

During the Cold War, the British Army needed to defend itself against Warsaw Pact aircraft. In the 1960s, the development of a successful short-range system was launched to defend the bases and areas of troop concentration. The whole world knows this system under the name Rapier.

Rapier - the possibilities are growing

In the last part, we described the development and basic variants of the British Rapier system. However, the British constantly paid attention to improving its capabilities and tried to sell the system to foreign customers. They were successful in both of these activities.

The war for the Falklands 1982

Argentine troops invaded the Falklands on April 2, 1982 and quickly overcame the small fortifications of the British Marines in the capital, Port Stanley ...

The war for the Falklands 1982

The war for the Falklands could be called a war between the naive and over-nationalist government of the military junta on the one hand and the country defending its colonial territory at a time when colony ownership was no longer a vital interest. It is quite strange that the British Government was willing to go to war because of the islands, which are thousands of miles from the British Isles, especially when there is nothing on these islands other than sheep that is of any particular strategic importance. So why did the government risk this campaign, which could have done more harm than good? It is actually one of the few conflicts of the second half of the 20th century that was waged by two countries from the Western camp and was not waged between East and West, as was common in the Cold War.





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