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

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HMS Sheffield Hit by Exocet Missile

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Captain HMS Bristol deceives the press after the Falklands War 1982

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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