Main Image Credit Don Klumpp / Alamy Stock Photo - Memorial to the Falklands War fought between United Kingdom and Argentina in Stanley, Falkland Islands
The Falklands War began on 2 April 1982, when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. It remains the most recent external conflict fought by the UK without any allied states.
Andrew Young, Military Science Community Manager, revisits the days and weeks following the start of the conflict. The war cost the lives of 255 British Service personnel and civilians and 650 Argentine servicemen. Andrew reflects on their service and on the actions of British officer Jeffrey Cardozo, who gathered, recorded and buried the Argentine dead with full military honours.
We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War with a dedicated episode of RUSI Journal Radio specifically on writing the history of the conflict. Regular hosts Demi, Emma and Ed are joined by Helen Parr, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Keele University and author of Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper (Allen Lane, 2018), which won RUSI's Duke of Wellington Medal for Military History in 2019.
This episode complements a forthcoming special issue of the RUSI Journal marking the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
We have also scheduled a series of events on the Falklands War. Register for upcoming events or listen again to past recordings.
Access articles from our special Journal on the Falklands War