Falklands task force commander dies, aged 81 – Defence Management

The man who led Britain’s task force to recapture the Falklands after the Argentine invasion in 1982 has died, aged 81.

Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward was a newly appointed rear admiral when Argentine troops landed on the islands on 2 April 1982.

Just three days later, Margaret Thatcher ordered the first of a fleet of British task force ships to head for the South Atlantic – with Sandy Woodward in command on board HMS Hermes.

By 14 June, following a number of key battles, the British had liberated the capital, Port Stanley.

During the conflict, an estimated 600 Argentines were killed along with 255 UK servicemen and three Falklands civilians.

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