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.