By Will Fowler, Mike Chappell
At the evening of 1вЂ“2 April 1982, the Argentinian Junta led by way of Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its circulate opposed to the Falkland Islands. On three April British leading Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher confronted an appalled and livid condominium of Commons to announce that Argentine military had landed on British sovereign territory; had captured the boys of Royal Marine detachment NP8901; had run up the Argentine flag at executive residence; and had declared the islands and their inhabitants to be Argentine. This soaking up textual content through William Fowler information the land forces that contested the Falklands conflict.
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MoD) D: Support Weapons D1. Rapier (British Aerospace) Force Regiment. e. firing downwards from hilltops at enemy aircraft passing down valley floors or over crowded anchorages at mast height. Overall, however, its performance was very satisfactory, and it is believed to have been responsible for 14 aircraft 'kills'. Designed as a battlefield defence system against supersonic aircraft, Rapier is a land-mobile, airportable surface-to-air tactical guided missile. The guidance system is semi-automatic command to line of sight.
Some officers watched their young conscript soldiers reduced to silent immobility by the shelling: 'they were stunned'. During the nights of 10 to 13 June helicopters brought forward over 400 rounds per gun; by the end of the fighting it was reported that some guns were down to six rounds, and that over 2,400 rounds had been fired in the final advance. The enemy gunners returned this fire, and one Para officer remarked afterwards that 'steady shelling by 155s eventually makes you rather shaky'.
An estimated nine aircraft fell to this weapon in the Falklands. Here the operator wears standard CW suit and cap. Photos suggest that as soon as the Argentine surrender came into effect at Stanley the RMPs of at least one unit's detachment quickly 'smartened up'. Their normal traffic control duties presented few problems, under the circumstances; but the processing of PoWs was a heavy burden indeed . . This NCO wears the RMP scarlet beret with bronze cap badge; the DPM combat smock, with a brassard in the same cloth combining a personal parachute brevet, small black-on-green rank chevrons, and the MP patch; olive green polyester overall trousers, which were not a popular item; and over-boot 'galoshes'.