For many Argentinians, and indeed some Britons, the thought that the UK would be able to recapture the Falklands Islands from Argentina during the 1982 war was far-fetched. After all, the small South Atlantic outpost lay thousands of miles from the British homeland.
But victory was not to be for the Argentine junta. After 74 days of bitter war the British Army recaptured Port Stanley, and on 14 June 1982, the Argentinians surrendered. There were almost 12,000 POWs in the Falklands.
Margaret Thatcher's government was bolstered by the victory and was handily re-elected in 1983. The Argentine military junta, on the other hand, collapsed as the shock of the loss set in.
Source: Wikimedia Commons
- 1982-04-26 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain on South Georgia Island, near the Falkland Islands
- 1982-06-14 Argentina surrenders to Great Britain, ending the 74-day Falklands Islands conflict