Timeline of Falklands War of 1982
April 3rd: Argentinean forces occupy South Georgia.
April 4th: ‘HMS Conqueror’ sailed from Faslane.
April 9th: ‘Canberra’ sailed from Southampton with 3 Para, 40, 42 and 45 Royal Marine Commandos on board.
April 12th: Britain announced a 200-mile Exclusion Zone around the Falkland Islands. The destroyer ‘Antrim’, the frigate ‘Plymouth’ with M Company, 42 Commando, sailed from Ascension to recapture South Georgia.
April 21st/22nd: men from the SAS are inserted and then extracted from South Georgia.
April 25th: Royal Marines and SAS retake South Georgia.
April 26th: formal surrender of Argentineans at South Georgia. 2 Para sailed from Hull on the ‘Norland’.
May 1st: Task Force entered the Exclusion Zone. Vulcan bomber ‘Black Buck’ attacked the runway at Port Stanley. First air attacks by Harriers on Argentinean positions on the Falklands. SAS and SBS landed on the islands.
May 2nd: ‘General Belgrano’ sunk by ‘HMS Conqueror’.
May 4th: The destroyer ‘HMS Sheffield’ was hit by an Exocet missile. 20 men were killed. First Harrier lost over Goose Green.
May 12th: Fifth Army Brigade sailed from Southampton on the QE2. ‘HMS Glasgow’ disabled by an Argentine bomb.
May 21st: first landings at San Carlos Bay. Men from the Royal Marines and Paras are landed along with commando artillery and engineer units. ‘HMS Ardent’ lost.
May 25th: ‘HMS Coventry’ lost; ‘HMS Broadsword’ damaged; ‘Atlantic Conveyor’ hit by an Exocet missile.
May 27th: Battle for Goose Green/Darwin started.
May 30th: 3 Para and 45 Commando reached Estancia House and Teal Inlet. Mount Kent captured by 42 Commando and SAS.
June 8th: ‘Sir Galahad’ destroyed at Bluff Cove with many men killed and wounded, mainly from the Welsh Guards.
June 14th: Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands surrendered.
July 13th: Argentine government accepts an end to hostilities.
The war as seen through the eyes of my Brother Ken Griffiths