The day the Falklands War ended – level 3


On April 2, 1982, hundreds of Argentinean soldiers landed on the Falkland Islands which were home to only 2 thousand people. This territory had belonged to Great Britain since 1833, but Argentina never stopped considering it their own.

In London, 12,000 kilometers away, the news of the invasion caused a shock. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took immediate action, and on April 5, a fleet of 93 ships set sail for the Falkland Islands. A total of about 15 thousand soldiers had the task to get the islands back.

On May 1, a war broke out on the islands. First, it took place in the air and at sea. However, on May 21, the British decided to land and their main goal was to get to Port Stanley which was the capital of the islands. The British eventually succeeded on June 14. Argentina surrendered and the British celebrated the victory.

The Falklands War lasted 74 days. 904 soldiers died in it. As a result, nothing changed at all in the original arrangement.

Difficult words: consider (to think that something is true), cause (to create), fleet (a group of ships), set sail (to begin a journey), surrender (to stop fighting because you can’t win).

What was the outcome of the Falklands War and how did it impact the territorial ownership of the islands?


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