The day the Falklands War ended – level 2


On April 2, 1982, hundreds of Argentinean soldiers landed on the Falkland Islands which were home to only 2 thousand people. The islands belonged to Great Britain since 1833.

In London, 12,000 kilometers away, the news of the invasion was a shock. The government responded quickly, and on April 5, 93 ships with 15 thousand soldiers started their journey from England to the Falkland Islands. They had only one goal – to get the islands back under British control.

On May 1, a war started on the islands. The soldiers were fighting in the air, at sea, and on land. On June 14, the British got control of the capital of the islands. Argentina lost the war, and the British celebrated the victory.

The Falklands War lasted 74 days. 904 soldiers died in it. After the war, the situation was the same as before the war.

Difficult words: belong (to be owned by somebody), invasion (when one army goes to another country and start to control it), respond (to do something as a reaction), last (to take time).

What was the outcome of the Falklands War and how did it impact the relationship between Argentina and Great Britain?


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