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The death of ships. Episodes of the Falkland War


The real war, in terms of order and organization, is surprisingly similar to a brothel in fire. The Falklands conflict was no exception - the chain of sea and land battles in the South Atlantic, which rattled in May-June 1982, was a good example of what modern military operations look like in practice.

Crazy conflict on the edge of the Earth, in which Argentina but not very well-off with impoverished Britain “butted”. The first urgently needed a “small victorious war” and she found nothing better than to unleash a territorial dispute 150-year-old. The British accepted the challenge and set off to defend the honor of the British Empire for 12 000 miles from their native shores. The whole world watched in amazement at the "dispute between two bald men because of a comb."

As it often happens, the “small victorious war” has become a cruel defeat. Argentina was completely unprepared for any serious hostilities. A total of six anti-ship missiles AM38 "Exochet", two tanker aircraft and two more or less serviceable SP-2H "Neptune" radar detection aircraft. Fleet - stupid "stubs" of fleets of leading powers:

- the menacing cruiser "General Belgrano" - the old American cruiser "Phoenix", miraculously escaped death in the bay of Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. You can't escape the fate - after 40 years, “Phoenix” - “Belgrano” was sunk in the Atlantic after all.

- the super-aircraft carrier Bentizisco de Mayo - the former Dutch Karel Dorman, originally the British aircraft carrier HMS Venerable, launched in the 1943 year;

- destroyers "Ippolito Bouchard" and "Luis Piedrabuena" - former American destroyers of the type "Allen M. Sumner" are also from World War II.

Isn't it true, the dubious forces for attacking a country that from 1588 of the year to the beginning of the 40s of the 20th century had no equal in the sea?

Queen's fleet goes to the South

The Great Victory of the British fleet you cannot call it an accident: a third of the ships of the squadron of Her Majesty were hit by Argentine bombs! Fortunately for the British, Argentine pilots used rusty American ammunition - after lying in the warehouse for thirty years, for some reason they refused to explode.
The death of ships. Episodes of the Falkland War

The explosion of the cellars of the ammunition frigate "Entiloup"

A small frigate Plymouth received a “gift” from the sky, but none of the bombs worked properly.

Destroyer "Glasgow" - a direct hit 1000-pound bombs. After breaking through several decks, a dangerous object rolled into the engine room, but ... an explosion did not occur.

The frigate "Antrim" - a direct hit 1000-fnl. aerial bombs Argentine pilots again failed fuse.

The frigate “Broadsward” - unsuccessfully discarded 500-fnl. the bomb ricocheted off the crest of a wave and tore the frigate aboard. She flashed a black shadow across the interior of the ship, crashing flimsy bulkheads and mechanisms on her way, flew out to the flight deck, crushed the helicopter, and ... waving goodbye with stubs of stabilizers, she fell into the water.

The frigate "Argonaut" - heavy damage from two unexploded bombs. The ship lost its combat capability.

The death of the frigate "Entiloup"

The landing of the British troops hung in the balance:

The landing ship "Sir Lancelot" - on the approach to the Falkland Islands received a direct hit 1000-fnl. air bomb Fortunately for the British, detonation did not happen - otherwise, the ship, loaded to the brim with marines and equipment, would have turned into a hellish brazier.

The landing ship, “Sir Galahed”, could also die on the way - in the open ocean “Sir Galahed” received a terrible blow by 1000-fnl. a bomb that, once again, spared the British
However, the ship could not get away from fate: the Argentine Air Force ground attack aircraft burned the "Sir Galahed" on boarding the Bluff Cove. By that time, most of the marines had landed, however, 40 people had burned down with the ship.

The third landing ship, Sir Tristram, during the landing of the Marines in Bluff Cove, was fiercely attacked by the Argentinean aviation, as a result, 500-fn was stuck in his deck. bomb. The British sailors and marines in horror rushed into the icy water - away from the dangerous "attraction". The “humane” bomb, having waited for the last sailor to leave the ship, was immediately activated. “Sir Tristram” burned for several hours - it’s scary to imagine if at that moment hundreds of Marines were on board.

"Sir Tristram" returns from war

By the way, during the raid on Bluff Cove, the Argentines, in addition to the two landing ships, managed to seriously damage one of the 200-ton lighters with a British landing force (later sank).

In total, according to statistics, 80% of Argentine bombs and missiles that hit the ships of Her Majesty, did not work in a regular manner! It is easy to imagine what would happen if they all exploded - Glasgow, Plymouth, Argonaut, landing ships — they would all inevitably die. Having lost a third of the squadron, Great Britain lost the opportunity to conduct military operations on the other side of the Earth and lost the Falklands War. Truly, the British were on the verge of disaster!

But the 20% of the detonated ammunition was more than enough to destroy six ships of the British squadron!
- the destroyer "Sheffield" - burned down from unexploded PKR "Exochet";
- the destroyer "Coventry" - died under the bombs of Argentine stormtroopers;
- the frigate "Ardent" - numerous hits of aerial bombs, explosion of ammunition cellars;
- frigate "Antilup" - two unexploded bombs, detonation when attempting to mine;
- air transport “Atlantic Conveyor” - simultaneous entry of two Exocset anti-ship missiles;
- the previously mentioned amphibious assault ship “Sir Galadhead” - the damage was so heavy that the British had to sink the ship in the Atlantic.

Argentine Air Force, the road to victory

It is amazing how the Argentine Air Force was able to inflict such damage on its own limited forces. At that time, the Argentines had only six (!) Anti-ship air-launched missiles and the same number of their carriers - the newest fighter-bomber "Super-Etendard" of French production. Moreover, the last sixth “Super-Etandar”, which had arrived in Argentina before the start of the war, was unable to take to the air for a completely banal reason - the lack of a part of avionics.

10 of outdated Canberra bombers acquired in Great Britain in the early 70s occasionally participated in the fighting - the Argentines only achieved that they lost 2 machines without any success.

Attack A-4 "Skyhawk"!

The effective use of the Argentine Dagger and Mirage was impossible - the runway on the Falkland Islands was too short for modern supersonic airplanes, and the Argentine Air Force had to operate from airfields on the continent. Due to the lack of an air-to-air refueling system on the Dagger and Mirage, they could only reach the combat zone with a minimum bomb load. Combat missions at the limit of the range did not promise anything good, and the active use of modern fighter-bombers had to be abandoned.

Note. Dagger, also known as Nesher, is an unlicensed Israeli copy of the French Mirage 5 fighter-bomber. Having served their Israeli cars, after upgrading, sold to Argentina. Here on this "junk" had to fly the Argentine Muchachos!

The subsonic A-4 Skyhoek attack aircraft became the key strike force of the Argentine aviation: initially adapted for long-range combat missions, the old machines turned into a formidable weapon - the overwhelming majority of the losses of the British fleet are attributed to them! Argentine pilots had to operate at a distance of hundreds of miles from the coast, to break at extremely low altitude through rain and snow charges, avoiding encounters with enemy combat air patrols. On the outside of the suspension - a ton of bombs. Ahead is the endless ocean, on the expanses of which the British squadron is hiding. Find and destroy! And on the way back - be sure to meet the air tanker, otherwise the plane will fall into the cold waters of the Atlantic with empty tanks.

Subsonic strike aircraft Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Hero of the Falklands War

Only the stupidity and carelessness of the British command allowed the Skyhawks to attack ships so brazenly and feel like “kings of the air." The British went to war, saving even on anti-aircraft artillery self-defense complexes (such as "Phalanx", AK-630 or "Goalkeeper"). On destroyers and frigates, there was nothing but imperfect air defense missile systems, unable to fight low-flying targets. In the near zone, British sailors had, at best, to rely on a pair of manual-guided “Oerlikon” guns, and at worst - to fire at low-flying aircraft from rifles and pistols.
The result was predictable - a third of the ships of Her Majesty came under rocket-bombing strikes and received severe damage.

From the point of view of order and organization, the Falkled War was really a hell of a mess. An explosive mixture of mistakes, cowardice, negligence, original decisions and unsatisfactory characteristics of military equipment. A close acquaintance with the episodes of the Falkland conflict, it seems that the fighting was filmed in the halls of Hollywood. The actions of the British and Argentines sometimes look so naive and paradoxical that it is impossible to believe that such a thing could happen in life.

A striking example is the triumphant sinking of the newest destroyer Sheffield.

“The newest destroyer Sheffield in fact was a small“ pelvis ”with a displacement of about 4000 tons - now these ships are called frigates. The combat capabilities of the “newest destroyer” were identical to its size: the sea Ci Dart air defense system with the 22 missile, the universal gun of the 114 mm caliber, the anti-submarine helicopter ... that's probably all that the Sheffield team could count on.

However, even the newest American super-destroyer Zamvolt would not have saved the British sailors. On the fateful morning, being in a combat zone, the commander of Sheffield ordered to turn off all the radar and electronic devices of the ship - so as not to interfere with his conversations on the satellite channel Skynet.
The flying rocket was visually noticed from the bridge only a second before it hit the destroyer. The Exochet struck the side, flew through the galley and collapsed in the engine room. The warhead of the Argentine rocket, as expected, did not explode, but the destroyer had a torch from the rocket’s engine running - aluminum hull structures flashed, the synthetic decoration of the rooms broke with an unbearable heat, and the cable shells cracked. The tragicomedy ended sadly: the Sheffield completely burned down and a week later sank during towing. 20 people died from the crew of his team.

The victory was not easy for the Argentines: the SP-2H Neptune ARLO aircraft, due to the failure of the onboard equipment, was only able to make radar contact with the ships of the British connection for the fifth time - which is not surprising, it was an aircraft from the middle of the 40-s.
By the way, on the 15-th day of the war, both Argentine Neptuns were completely out of order, and in the future naval reconnaissance was carried out in even more sophisticated ways: using the Boeing-707 airliner, the KS-130 air tanker and the Liarjet 35A business class aircraft.

The sinking of the Coventry destroyer looks no less wonderful.
Argentine Skyhawks overtook him in 15 miles from Pebl Island - suddenly appearing from behind the rocky cliffs of the island, four attack aircraft launched a squall of free-falling bombs on the destroyer and his escort frigate Broadsworth.
The British compound was covered by deck "Sea Harriers", but at the time of the attack the fighters were withdrawn due to the threat of defeat by the anti-aircraft fire of the ships. However, it was not possible to cope on its own - the destroyer SAMs did not work. “Coventry” tried to drive off enemy planes with universal weapon fire, but to no avail - the planes had already laid down on the combat course. As luck would have it, the Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun was jammed - as a result, the destroyer crew was unified against low-flying aircraft using rifles and pistols.

The frigate escaped relatively easily - one of the bombs pierced through it from the bottom up (this case was considered a little higher) and did not explode. The destroyer "Coventry" was less fortunate - of the three 500-fnl that fell into it. Aerial bombs, two exploded - after 20 minutes after the attack, the ship turned over and sank.

The Argentines at that time, too, had many problems - of the six aircraft of the strike group, only four flew to the target. Another dilapidated Skyhawk was not able to complete the bombing due to the failure of the bomb dropping mechanism.

The events of the Falklands War were distinguished by a whole range of amazing decisions and military ingenuity.
Having spent a reserve of anti-ship "Exosets" of airborne, the Argentines went on to improvise. From the old destroyer Segui, local craftsmen removed and reprogrammed two Ship-based Exosets - both missiles were transported by plane to the Falkland Islands, where they were secretly deployed to the coast waiting for British ships. Targeting was issued by the army mobile radar RASIT.

12 June 1982 of the year under fire from the coast hit the destroyer "Glemmorgan" - the first missile missed, the second struck on the upper deck near the helipad and exploded, forming a 5-meter hole. The fragments and products of the explosion penetrated into the helicopter hangar, where at that time there was a fully fueled helicopter. The fire raged for four hours, 14 sailors died in the fight against fire. The next day, with the help of the shipmaster, the destroyer managed to regain limited combat capability.

As in any war, there was not a drop of black humor here.
Trying to stop the advance of the fleet of Her Majesty, the Argentines began to use as bombers everything that could fly and bomb, including the Hercules C-130 military transport aircraft (analogous to the Russian An-12). 29 of May 1982 of the Year “Hercules” was discovered by a lonely British naval tanker “British Way” - 500-fnl immediately flew down. bombs that are rolled down by hand with a tilted cargo ramp. Despite the absence of any sighting devices, more than half of the ammunition hit the target, and, of course, did not explode.

The bold C-130 “bomber” raids ended sadly - two days later the Argentine “Hercules” was discovered and attacked by the deck “SiHarrier”. However, knocking down a military transport aircraft proved to be difficult - the huge Hercules ignored the hit of the AIM-9 Sauwinder rocket, continuing to pull towards the coast on the three remaining engines. The Sea Harrier pilot, Lard Ward, had to release all the ammunition ammunition - and these are 260 shells to destroy the Argentine "sea corsair".

The tragicomedy in the South Atlantic lasted 74 for a day and, according to official data, 907 was human lives. We have to admit that both warring parties sought to minimize loss of life - at the slightest threat, the divisions preferred not to tempt fate and surrendered to captivity. Fortunately, military operations were conducted over the ocean and over the deserted, almost uninhabited islands, which made it possible to eliminate civilian casualties — the military solved their problems in a fair fight.
In the undoubted military successes of Argentina, the Wehrmacht traditions played a certain role - after the end of World War II, South America became a refuge for many German military specialists. And it must be admitted, they knowingly ate their bread in a new place - the training of Argentine officers turned out to be much better than anyone expected.

Alas, despite all the efforts, Argentina smashed the Falklands war to pieces: when 80% bombs do not explode, they don’t have to dream of victory. The British fleet was not a simple enemy - with the help of nuclear submarines, the British in a matter of days drove the Argentine fleet into its bases. The garrison of the Falkland Islands was isolated, and victory was only a matter of time. The British have avenged themselves for the death of their warships - the 74 of the Argentine Air Force aircraft did not return to the airfields. It is noteworthy that the SiHarrier carrier-based fighters accounted for only 28% of the unitized Argentine aircraft, the rest of the machines recorded SAMs and anti-aircraft artillery of Her Majesty's ships.

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  1. Mozart
    Mozart 13 March 2013 09: 57
    Interesting stuff, thanks.
      YELLOWSTONE April 21 2018 02: 29
      and the death of the cruiser "Belgrano" with 323 dead where? or was she not there, because he is armored?
        YELLOWSTONE April 21 2018 02: 45
        and argentinian? they had other losses ...
  2. Phantom Revolution
    Phantom Revolution 13 March 2013 10: 15
    It is a pity that Argentina did not have normal aviation .......
    1. engineer74
      engineer74 13 March 2013 10: 32
      They had US bombs, they will know what to buy from ...
      1. Santa Fe
        13 March 2013 16: 53
        Quote: engineer74
        They had US bombs, they will know what to buy from ...

        Nothing is eternal under the Moon. 30 years of ugly storage will kill any thing.
        besides, the bombs were dropped from the PMV and they often did not have time to get on a combat platoon - but when they became mine they became deadly.

        Warheads The French Exocet anti-ship missiles also did not want to work in a regular way - also the result of the "fifth column"?

        And how can one explain the success of the American Skyhawks with this logic?
        Old cars of the beginning of the 60's fought in the sky of the Falklands, like devils
        1. Iraclius
          Iraclius 14 March 2013 08: 00
          The photo with the attacking A-4 reminded the photos of the times of the war in the Pacific Ocean with the attacking Japanese torpedo bombers.
          The article does not reflect an essential point - the fatal role was played by the fact that the British ships had no reservation at all. It was because of the poet that the free-fall bombs acquired the effect of "cast-iron cannonballs" - they stupidly pierced decks or caused fires.
          The conflict is also interesting in that this is the first large-scale conflict at sea in the entire history after WWII, which Britain conducted at such a distance from your bases. And yet - this is the only conflict in which the British strategic bombers of the V series took part, though not very brilliantly.
          Apparently, the combat training of the sailors of the British Empire and, especially, the operational command, were not at the highest level.
          The main conclusion from the war is that nuclear submarines in practice confirmed the postulate of who actually master of the seas in the 21 century.
          1. YELLOWSTONE
            YELLOWSTONE April 21 2018 02: 42
            generally killed in the armored Belgrano is half the Argentinean losses
        2. APASUS
          APASUS 16 March 2013 21: 49
          Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
          Warheads The French Exocet anti-ship missiles also did not want to work in a regular way - also the result of the "fifth column"?

          The French Exocet anti-ship missiles were acquired by Argentina just before the war. After delivery, they lay in storage. England, taking advantage of the pressure on France, was able to terminate the contract and the programmers could not arrive in Argentina. In fact, the British hoped very much that the Argentines would not be able to cope with the launch program rockets.
          At that time they were the most modern missiles and some of the best. I think that a couple of months of normal war, and the British themselves would have asked for peace. But at that time in Argentina, the rules of the junta and those were shaking more for PR than for troops!
        3. Vladimir 5
          Vladimir 5 3 May 2018 21: 24
          The reason for such overwhelming failures of bombs and anti-ship missiles is seen in the work of British intelligence and the fifth column in the Argentine Armed Forces. If it was the other way round and 20% of the ammunition didn’t work, then you can still write off part of the refusals for storage. Compare the use of expired ammunition, both ours and the USA, the refusals are calculated in a few percent ... The British had allies in Chile, the USA, France, here with common stomata and disarmed the Argentines ...
    2. Delta
      Delta 13 March 2013 16: 30
      Quote: Phantom Revolution
      It is a pity that Argentina did not have normal aviation.

      that is, are you sorry that few Britons died?
      1. seafarer
        seafarer 16 March 2013 14: 12
        "An Englishwoman always shits" so Russian sailors said back in the First World War.
        Britain always had only permanent interests. But these interests have constantly been directed since the time of the Northern War to the comprehensive weakening of Russia.
        And nothing has changed since then. The cunning Britons both crap Russia, and crap wherever possible - when explicitly, and more often - secretly.

        And in the entire history we only managed to oppose Britain something twice: armed neutrality under Catherine II and the campaign of the cruising squadrons of Lesovsky and Popov to New York and Frisco during the Civil War of the United States.

        So, it would be very nice to give Royal Navy the horns of the Iron Lady and bring down the Royal Navy in fact to the brigade.
        You look and amers would be thoughtful; and the bombing of Serbia, Libya, and Iraq wouldn’t get to the point.
      2. Julio Jurenito
        Julio Jurenito 25 July 2017 09: 12
        Of course! And it is a pity that Argentina played. Anglo-Saxons need to be beaten as often and painfully as possible on the nose, and only after good zvizdyuley sit down at the negotiating table, because they understand only the fist argument.
  3. avt
    avt 13 March 2013 10: 21
    The British accepted the challenge and set off to defend the honor of the British Empire for 12 miles from their native shores. The whole world watched in surprise "a dispute between two bald because of a comb." ========= In vain the author is ironic over the cause of the conflict, the Angles are very pragmatic guys and they will never give up Gibraltar or the Falklands without a fight. The islands have always been regarded by both sides as a springboard to Antarctica, more important for the Angles.
    1. Castor oil
      Castor oil 13 March 2013 10: 44
      Quote: avt
      In vain the author is ironic over the cause of the conflict, the Angles are very pragmatic guys and they will never give up Gibraltar or the Falklands without a fight

      Plus One Hundred - Falkland Islands (Malvinas) is not a geographic pimple and has always been a "gateway" for the Britons - a springboard to the South Atlantic.
  4. Delta
    Delta 13 March 2013 16: 32
    At the very beginning of the article I realized who its author was)))

    Much of the article is intended to say that Great Britain largely accidentally won that war. But you know, in war, chance, military happiness has always played its role. As Zheglov said: "Whoever is lucky, the cock will blow away"
  5. Geisenberg
    Geisenberg 13 March 2013 16: 51
    Argentines just did well ... the United States actually fought against them, so it’s no wonder that the islands are lost. In their place, I would now rearm a little and show a show on the islands, and beat them back.
    1. Santa Fe
      14 March 2013 02: 47
      Quote: Geisenberg
      the USA actually fought against them

      Thanks, laughed

      However, it would be interesting to look at the course of hostilities if the British squadron is reinforced with the Belknap and Long Beach missile cruisers, as well as a pair of Midway aircraft carriers with E-2 Hawkeye AWACS and F-14 interceptors. We will give each aircraft carrier 2 anti-submarine frigates of the "Knox" class ... well, for a modest

      P.S. The United States did provide some assistance - they gave it to use the air base on about. Ascension, and delivered 60 000 tons of fuel for British ships. All the same, they were obliged - an attack on the country of the NATO bloc.
      1. Delta
        Delta 14 March 2013 12: 11
        Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
        if the British squadron is reinforced with the Belknap and Long Beach missile cruisers, as well as a pair of Midway aircraft carriers with E-2 Hawkeye AWACS and F-14 interceptors.

        here are those times! But what about the futility of American aircraft carriers ??))))
        1. Santa Fe
          14 March 2013 14: 53
          Quote: Delta
          here are those times!

          If they were built after all, then you need to use them
          Quote: Delta
          But what about the futility of American aircraft carriers?

          Falklands is the only conflict in the last 70 years in which aircraft carriers could be used. But, as we see, they did without them.

          If Delta had been more attentive, he would have noticed that this is not about the stupid Nimitz, but about the Midway aircraft carrier built by 1945 of the year. The pinnacle of the evolution of aircraft carriers.
          1. Delta
            Delta 14 March 2013 16: 27
            Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
            But, as we see, they did without them.

            And the Hermes and Invincible - boats?

            Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
            this is not about the stupid Nimitz, but about the Midway aircraft carrier built in 1945

            contradiction of logic: how the older and less powerful can be more sensible than the newest and most powerful. "Nimitz" not used? so it was used. And, perhaps no less than the same "Midway".
            1. Santa Fe
              14 March 2013 16: 35
              Quote: Delta
              And "Hermes" and "Invincible"

              replicas of carrier ships
              unable to perform any tasks
              Quote: Delta
              contradiction of logic: as the older and less powerful can be more sensible than the latest and most powerful

              the whole question is the price and labor input of construction / operation
              Nimitz exceeded the limit and turned into a child prodigy

              Midway was perfect, actually on it the era of aircraft carriers ended
            2. Santa Fe
              14 March 2013 16: 39
              Quote: Delta
              And "Hermes" and "Invincible"

              replicas of carrier ships
              unable to perform any tasks
              Quote: Delta
              contradiction of logic: as the older and less powerful can be more sensible than the latest and most powerful

              the whole question is the price and labor input of construction / operation
              Nimitz exceeded the limit and turned into a child prodigy

              Midway was perfect, actually on it the era of aircraft carriers ended
              1. Delta
                Delta 14 March 2013 17: 09
                Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
                unable to perform any tasks

                Did the Sea Harriers take off only from a container ship?
                1. Santa Fe
                  14 March 2013 17: 14
                  Quote: Delta
                  Did the Sea Harriers take off only from a container ship?


                  see list of damaged and sunken ships
                  1. Delta
                    Delta 14 March 2013 17: 21
                    If "Hermes" and "Invincible" were not capable of performing ANY tasks, and "Harriers" with them still knocked out a lot of LA Argentines, then where is the bunch?
                    1. Santa Fe
                      14 March 2013 17: 30
                      Quote: Delta
                      Hermes and Invincible were unable to perform ANY tasks

                      The key objective of carrier-based aviation is the air defense squadron. Hermes and Invincible failed her

                      It would be better if the British saved on the construction of these wafers, but bought 40 sets of Phalanxes in the USA - there would be more benefit.

                      However, they did this after the war, in the summer of 1982, the first batch of Phalanx CIWS was purchased
                      1. YELLOWSTONE
                        YELLOWSTONE April 21 2018 02: 32
                        would fail, the islands would remain Argentine
                        to each landing boat on the phalanx?
                        Exocet, by the way, was difficult but intercepted by existing air defense systems
                2. YELLOWSTONE
                  YELLOWSTONE April 25 2018 00: 38
                  Quote: Santa Fe
                  as well as a pair of Midway aircraft carriers with an E-2 Hawkai AWACS and F-14 interceptors

                  it would be better if the AV-8A threw lol
  6. sergius60
    sergius60 14 March 2013 09: 25
    In the _Morsky collection_ in 1982, I read about the epic campaign of the submarine _Santa Cruz_ (German pr.209). Several KUG were attacked. And even personally the submarine _Conqueror_. Total target firing - 7 units. The commander showed himself to be a fine fellow. The Britons spent 12 anti-submarine torpedoes on him, 200 GB - but he took and did not agree to become fish food! Now take a deep breath. WEAPON SYSTEMS NEVER FUNCTIONED STAFF! )) BIUS lied, torpedo control wires were torn, fuses stupidly did not work. Oh, those eyebrowers! Probably artificial intelligence explosives have been used since the Russo-Japanese War, and they rubbed in on us "know-how, know-how." The German boat was sniffing at the British with the efficiency of 1940. Just the reincarnation of the Norwegian landing operation !!! _Papasha Doenitz_ was spinning in the coffin with a fan!
    1. Delta
      Delta 14 March 2013 13: 02
      fantasies from kindergarten
      1. siemens7774
        siemens7774 24 July 2017 20: 38
        Why fantasy, this boat also torpedoed the English nuclear, but again the two torpedoes did not work. And the English went for repair. This would be the first case of a nuclear boat being hit by a diesel. Besides, the English did not even notice the Argentine before the torpedoes hit.
  7. Santa Fe
    14 March 2013 15: 12
    It is interesting to observe the progress of hostilities if the Argentine Air Force reinforce:

    - a squadron of attack aircraft "Super Etandar";
    - instead of 6 Exocet anti-ship missiles, purchase 26 missiles;
    - equip a fast-erected runway to Port Stanley (in reality, it had a length of 1250 m, it was only necessary to lengthen it a little), if possible, to build caponiers and shelters for aircraft;
    - relocate to Porty Stanley a Mirage squadron, a Skyhawk squadron and a Super Etandar unit.

    simple measures - and the British sailors would cry crocodile tears.
    however, to defeat the squadron of Her Majesty it was enough to have new bombs and times more 2 missiles.
    1. not good
      not good 16 March 2013 09: 11
      Better than the heels of Varshavyanka and the whole fleet of her Majesty the whole of Britain would cry.
        YELLOWSTONE April 21 2018 02: 40
        near South Georgia, Argentina lost one submarine, by the way it was called "Santa Fe"
        former USS Catfish (SS-339)
        probably comrade jokes lol
  8. Heccrbq
    Heccrbq 14 March 2013 22: 36
    Cool writing style, the article is "swallowed" instantly and you regret that it is over!
  9. tomket
    tomket 15 March 2013 13: 32
    As a curiosity, you can recall the single raids of the British "Volcanoes"
  10. Dog of war
    Dog of war 1 January 2015 22: 51
    The real war, in terms of order and organization, is surprisingly similar to a brothel engulfed in fire. The author clearly read Sapkovsky))
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  12. jurijsv
    jurijsv 31 July 2017 15: 50
    If the Argentines had normal ammunition, it would be timeless for the heroic arrogant Saxons to return home
  13. Ivan Razmyslovich
    Ivan Razmyslovich 23 March 2019 05: 20
    Material ... to put it mildly - sucks.
    Although I was not there personally, but the TV was color, and the military instructor was not stupid.
    So. All British power ensured victory ... so to speak
    only after landing about 2 thousand foot soldiers.
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    For before that they had been raped IN ALL HOLES by the simple Mirages III with a set of Exocet rockets.
    During the Falkland War, they sunk the British destroyer URO Sheffield and seriously damaged the destroyer Glamorgan. By the way (ironically, the British Navy became the first owner of Exocet missiles, having purchased 300 missiles in the early 1970s
    Argentina had only EIGHT such missiles. Under the contract, France was supposed to deliver more,
    but interrupted the delivery because of ... that same conflict.
    And now - the funniest !!!
    ARGENTINE PILOTS of the old Mirage III flew up to the target at about five meters above sea level. They had to overcome in such a way up to seven hundred kilometers above the ocean, and only then, when about eighty kilometers remained to the target — to launch TWO rocket-killers. Why two?
    One of them can be brought down by means of a dense barrage, and two - NO.
    A feature of Exocet was that it was impossible to deceive it even by releasing a cloud of sawdust for disguise. Therefore, when the Britons saw Argentine Mirages on radars, it meant one thing.
    Missiles on the way to the ships, and fighters ..... Already far along the way home.
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    P / S / I am glad that Britain received on finally at sea.
    And I regret that the British paratroopers won in that war.
    I don’t remember what day of the conflict they flew there,
    but in two days they erased everything and everyone who resisted on land.
  14. Vovavvs
    Vovavvs 9 September 2019 14: 35
    Good texture of the article, but somehow not very objectively with the author's estimates. Probably because I forgot to mention the disabled British aircraft carrier after the attack by Argentine, by the way, "Canberra". Confirmation - the operation of the aircraft carrier after that only for takeoff ... And the lieutenant of the Argentine Air Force, who managed to hold out until the attack at an inaccessible air defense altitude, at the last moment made a "hill" before dropping bombs and got in touch, having time to report that the British were scattering from the deck like cockroaches ...
    1. Vovavvs
      Vovavvs 10 September 2019 10: 39
      PS Correct not "Canberra", but "Pukara"
  15. Oleg Varyag
    Oleg Varyag 14 June 2020 06: 37
    So did the Argentines sink the aircraft carrier Invincible or not? Not a word is said.
  16. aristok
    aristok 8 July 2021 12: 37
    The lack of at least a minimal booking of ships is very bad.
    Lightness and cheapness are very fond of in peacetime, but the slightest military clash shows
    inferiority and perniciousness of this approach.
    What would happen if Argentine bombs also exploded more often?