Why the rush to free the Falklands?
I HAVE just seen the film Falklands Gamble, and was staggered to hear from leading military men who were there at the time.
They were giving their views of blunders, from the Task Force setting sail with mixed-up equipment; vital helicopters put on one ship (eggs in one basket?) which was sunk; not knowing where certain arms were stored on transport; missiles faulty on guard ships; the Welsh Guards in a ship on its own full of ammunitions and unprotected; and troops coming ashore in daylight instead of night time.
It was stated that if the Argentines were organised with a few machine guns close by, it could have doubled our casualties and the UK could have lost the conflict. Fortunately luck was on our side.
Had we waited a while, the Argentines, like any army, would have surrendered when out of food.
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I believe the Government at the time and the top military men who made these blunders should be brought to book.
Why the rush in not preparing correctly? The Argentines were not going anywhere, unless the top people thought they would be towing the islands back home.