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04/05/1982 Argentines sink the first of four UK warships in Falklands War


HMS Sheffield Hit by Exocet Missile


Captain HMS Bristol deceives the press after the Falklands War 1982


20th Century Battlefields 1982 Falklands

The first of four British warships, a Type 42 destroyer called the HMS Sheffield, was lost to fire following an Exocet missile strike from the Argentine 2nd Naval Air Fighter/Attack Squadron. The vessel was struck amidships with devastating effect. The resulting death toll reached a total of 20 crew members while 24 more were severely injured. The ship was abandoned several hours later.
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    • Essentials 

    • Participants 

    • Failed diplomacy 

    • The Argentine junta 

    • Argentine invasion 

    • Initial British response 

    • United Nations Security Council Resolution 502 

    • Position of third-party countries 

    • British task force 

    • Recapture of South Georgia and the attack on ''Santa Fe'' 

    • Black Buck raids 

    • Escalation of the air war 

    • Sinking of ARA ''General Belgrano'' 

    • Sinking of HMS ''Sheffield'' 

    • Diplomatic activity 

    • Special forces operations 

    • Air and sea battles 

    • San Carlos – Bomb Alley 

    • Goose Green 

    • Special forces on Mount Kent 

    • Bluff Cove and Fitzroy 

    • Fall of Stanley 

    • Recapture of South Sandwich Islands 

    • Casualties 

    • Red Cross Box 

    • British casualty evacuation 

    • Aftermath 

    • Military analysis 

    • Memorials 

    • Minefields 

    • Argentina 

    • United Kingdom 

    • Cultural impact