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Cristina Kirchner Declassifies Report Into Argentine Military Failings During Falklands War

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/falklandislands/9164240/Cristina-Kirchner-declassifies-report-into-Argentine-military-failings-during-Falklands-War.html

A version of the report was leaked decades ago, and its conclusions are not a surprise: the junta planned for an easy occupation, gambling the US would support them and Britain would simply let the islands fall into Argentine hands.

Then Argentina's ill-equipped army had to scramble into a war footing after Margaret Thatcher sent a task force 8,000 milesinto the South Atlantic to take the islands back.

The report confirms Argentine soldiers were sent from the subtropics into winter conditions without proper clothing, food or weapons, and were treated as cannon fodder by their own officers - pushed into battle without having had basic training in weaponry and combat.

"Troops weren't adapted or equipped to handle the weather or the living conditions," and yet they had to face "a highly equipped and trained enemy," the report concluded.

"Military commanders encouraged the preconceived notion that there would be no armed conflict, and that the situation would be resolved diplomatically, which affected the morale of the forces and their readiness for combat."

Seems that Argentine military didn't either bother doing the basics of what was required. Poor planning is fatal. Sounds a bit like the German invasion of Russia where they hadn't got the proper winter kit.

Anyone know why the Argentines thought the UK would simply give up the Islands? It seems people in the Argentine military were a bit deluded about what would happen.

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Anyone know why the Argentines thought the UK would simply give up the Islands? It seems people in the Argentine military were a bit deluded about what would happen.

At the time, the Argentinians interpreted a number of British actions as signals that Britain wasn't that interested in the Falklands. Things like withdrawal of HMS Endurance, the last Antarctic supply vessel, changes to the Islanders' entitlement to British citizenship, all against the background of significant defence cuts (especially RN). There might have been other 'signals'.

Also, the Argentinians expected the US to side with them, as they had helped the CIA fund the Nigaraguan contras (and niavely.believed the favour might be returned).

I'm not sure how reliable the Wikipedia account is, but.. Events_leading_to_the_Falklands_War

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Philip

03/24/2012 09:26 PM

You're still not having them, rubber face...

The Botox Queen of South America

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