By Adrian English
Within the early hours of the cold late-autumn morning, April 2 1982, huge forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air aid, had invaded the Falkland islands, speedy and nearly bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. day after today Argentine forces additionally invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of simply 22 Royal Marines to give up - although now not ahead of that they had inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers. during this better half to Men-at-Arms 133 & a hundred thirty five Adrian English and Anthony Watts learn the naval forces of either side who fought within the conflict for the Falklands.
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