Lets look at what basically happened. Argentina was in need of a morale boost and what better way than to take back the Malvinas. They had probed
politically to see what the UK reaction would be and thought that we wouldn't really be that bothered (first mistake) so they invaded with a quite
lowly and poorly equipped army as they thought they would only need to hold out for a short time till the politicians handed over the Falkland islands
from London to Buenos Aires (second mistake). News of this hit London and the UK prepared an invasion fleet hastily (Third mistake) and in under six
weeks was heading south.
The politicians failed to reach negotiations before the fleet arrived and the UK called in a few I,O,U's to impose sanctions on Argentina which
started to effect them immediately.
On the islands the Argentinians had entrenched themselves in generally poor positioning showing very little for tactical awareness and leaving
whole swathes of land open for a landing and leaving many of their positions without interconnecting arcs of cover so they would have to fight as
independent units and not really a collective force(fourth mistake)
The UK navy in the mean time had to impose a landing but was all ready suffering from lost ships due to poor positioning of the fleet and in
effective anti aircraft(Fifth mistake) and the consequences of hastily throwing the equipment so to speak in the boot of the car and rushing off. They
lost nearly all their transport helicopters in a few blows from the Argentinian air force which severely impacted any chance of an advantage to the
ground troops that were about to land. They also had many problems with the sitting of the ground to air missiles due to the nature of the ground and
the way the jets come in to attack.(because the fleet was basically in a large gully the jets come in low and then popped up over the hill and
commenced their bomb run at ultra low heights) the Rapier system and the detections systems on the ships didn't get to see them till they come over
the hill so were quite poor in this phase of the battle and had little impact.
I must say that the Argentinian air force showed great courage and determination during these runs as they must have been terrifying.The biggest
problem really for the Jets was they were so low the bombs didn't all have time to arm before impact.( The navy was basically given a major let off
here as this would have been a lot more devastating for them and the bombs were not a design flaw it was because they had to fly so low to avoid being
blown out the sky)(this wasn't a mistake it was unfortunate or fortunate depends which side you was on)
What was a mistake was to leave your ground attack aircraft lightly defended whilst sitting all nice and shiny by a runway on a little island(
yeah big mistake) the Argentinians basically totally lost all their ground attack aircraft in one blow with a few minor exceptions.
The sinking of the Belgrano played a major strategic and psychological victory for the British in keeping the Argentinian navy at port and
bringing home the fact that war costs many lives and is an ugly business.
Once the ground battle got under way it pretty much went as well as could be expected even though the majority of British soldiers had to yomp
across the scrub land for hours on end in the day and night carrying all their equipment weighing over 150lbs. The British army basically had to
advance to every contact and onto defensive positions it was remarkable that they didn't come off second best, but in actual fact won every
engagement. Yes we could argue the Argentinians were conscripts or ill equipped or whatever but their is no denying it, they were not all conscripts
and they were dug into position and had the weapons and necessary equipment to do severe damage and that is what they tried to do.
At goose green the British army were heavily out numbered and facing heavy concentrated fire yet they still managed to take these positions and
found themselves in a dilemma has having so many prisoners they didn't know what to do with them.There were further battles at the major high ground
locations like mount longdon and two sisters etc but the final battle on tumbledown was conclusive and the Argentinian army was routed.
I know this does not cover everything but you can see more or less how it went. Both sides made some big mistakes and fate played its hand many
For me the biggest problem for the British was the Logistics of assembling a task force quickly and fighting 8000 miles away with no support so
to speak. For the Argentinians it was a serious under estimation of the enemy with a poorly led and trained army.
After thinking about it and looking at past and present situations and the mechanics of the battle.
Would it happen again...its possible
What would be the outcome...... A more compound defeat for Argentina
edit on 11-10-2011 by sherlock2k2 because: (no reason given)