Falklands 35th anniversary to be marked at Kingsbridge War Memorial

By Sam Acourt in Events

Kingsbridge Royal British Legion are laying a wreath at the war memorial on Friday to mark the 35th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War.

The Falklands started 35 years ago on April 2, 1982, and lasted until June 14, 1982. The ten-week war between Argentina and the United Kingdom was concerning two British overseas territories in the South Atlantic - the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

The Kingsbridge RBL will be laying a wreath on Friday, March 31, at 10.30am, followed by coffee at the Mill Club. Kingsbridge Mayor, Chris Povey, has been invited, along with other councillors, and Kingsbridge RBL are keen for any Falklands veterans to attend if they wish to.

It began on Friday, April 2, when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, and, the next day, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, in an attempt to establish the sovereignty it had claimed over them.

On April 5, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender on June 14, returning the islands to British control.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed, with 255 British and 649 Argentinian casualties. 775 British and 1,657 Argentinians were wounded and the British took 11,313 prisoners of war, while the Argentinians took 115. Three civilians were killed by British shelling.

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