Argentina holds onto Falklands
December 31, 2009
London, England (ENN) --
There would be no
parades, no victory chants, and most certainly no victory parties.
On December 26, 2009, the UK surrendered
the Falklands to Argentina, marking the first military defeat for Great
Britain in over half a century. In return, Argentina agreed to
allow for the safe passage of British troops back to England and to
return all British POWs.
The defeat stunned all of England, a country that in
1982 had managed to defeat the first invasion of the Falklands by
Argentina - but this time out, they lost. Numerous peaceful
demonstrations of anger occurred around the country, while streets
around the Argentinian Embassy were closed to prevent these
demonstrators from getting too close.
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Local news-reports are showing a surprising twist to
the event as it seems citizens of the United Kingdom may have lost the
will to fight after being told of the massive loss of life and material.
The British Ministry of Defense stated it would take somewhere between
six months to a year - and possibly even longer- to make good on the
losses. The rapid response force alone has been gutted by the action in
the Falklands. Additionally, war stocks of bombs, cruise missiles, and
AMRAAMs are running very low and must be replaced quickly as the world
heads toward a global meltdown.
The war itself started by surprise. Argentinian forces
began intensive training on the mainland under the guise of being
designated as a military unit to be deployed to Angolia under a UN
mandate to bring stability to that region. Argentina even sailed a group
of ships to Angolia, reporting that those soldiers were onboard. The
ruse became apparent when the ships arrived in Angolia, but by that time
it was far too late for Britain to respond.
Argentinian Marines stormed ashore in the Falklands
soon afterwards and defeated a battalion of English soldiers stationed
there. They then moved in reinforcements and aircraft for the upcoming
battle as England gathered together rapid response mechanized and
infantry units and put them on amphibious ships. These ships sailed
south on or around December 20 with a battle group that included nuclear attack submarines moving
just ahead to sanitize the waters of possible Argentine subs.
Argentine soldier at an armoured personnel carrier machine gun
As the British battle group moved towards the
Falklands, they launched long ranged air strikes on December 22 that
wiped out half of the three Argentine jet squadrons based at Mount
Pleasant airport. However it was about this time that Argentine Forces
somehow detected an elite British SAS team near the airport and began
closing in on them with mechanized troops. The day ended with another
British strike taking out the Argentine surface fleet of 2 Destroyers
and 4 Frigates close to the Islands.
The next day the two sides exchanged blows with the
British striking first, flying two groups of aircraft against Port
Stanley and Port Howard, located on the west island. The Port
Howard attack was successful in hitting four torpedo boats in the
harbor, with three believed sunk. The Port Stanley strike ended up to be
a liability for the British campaign as their jets unloaded ordinance on
merchant ships carrying civilian produce. The Argentines had a
more successful day as approximately five squadrons swooped down on a
British Amphibious Task Group. Although roughly half the attackers were
shot down, the British lost an amphibious assault ship and a destroyer,
while the remaining two amphibious ships, a destroyer and two frigates
December 23 ended with two Argentine submarines sunk
near the Task Group at around 11:00 pm, followed by a third sub sunk at
8:00 am the next day. A large British air strike had also been
launched during the early hours of the 24th to attack airfields at
Puerto Deseato, northwest of the Falklands, and Ushuaia at Cape Horn.
This attack resulted in over a half dozen Argentine jets being
destroyed, both on the ground and in the air, along with the destruction
of a fuel and supply dump.
Live coverage of the
HMS OCEAN sinking shifted public opinion against continuing the
Meanwhile, Argentine ground forces managed to isolate
and capture the SAS team detected near Mt Pleasant just around the time
the British attacked the airport, hitting ground targets that included a
squadron of jets on the runway. However the Argentinians caused grievous
damage against British Forces when a force of over twenty jets attacked
the Task Group near the Falkland shores, hitting the HMS Ocean - a large
amphibious carrier - with three bombs. The carrier sunk a mere 30
minutes later as a horrified British audience watched the event
transmitted live by a BBC camera man with a satellite feed. He had been
in the process of being transported to another ship by helicopter when
the attack hit.
However by that time much of the British amphibious troops had
already been landed (virtually unopposed), and started working their way
towards the Mt Pleasant airport, when they became entangled with a
superior Argentine force that eventually managed to encircle them.
A follow up British mechanized force landed soon afterwards, but was
unable to break through the Argentine ring even after a night attempt
utilizing their superior night-vision equipment.
Paratroopers were scheduled to be dropped onto the
airport, and perhaps could have helped free their surrounded comrades,
but a helicopter recon unit had spotted air defenses moving into that
sector and the airdrop was aborted. This
left little choice but to surrender all British ground forces in the hopes
that their lives wouldn't be lost in a hopeless endeavor.
The United Kingdom has announced no military plans
other then to rebuild their shattered military and replenish their low
war stocks. From there only time will only tell what will happen next.
Though the Argentinian President had these words for
their defeated enemy: "To the nation of Britain--From this day
forward, Argentina bears you no ill will. We understand that your belief
that the Malvinas were British territory was held in good faith. We do
not resent it. Unfortunately for you, your belief was false. And so, you
There was no reply from 10 Downing Street, where the
British Prime Minister lives, or from the Foreign Ministry.