TITLE

THE WAR OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS, 1982

AUTHOR(S)
Freedman, Lawrence
PUB. DATE
September 1982
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Fall1982, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p196
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents an examination of the Falkland Islands War of 1982 between Argentina and Great Britain and its implications and lessons in the conduct of war. The War of the Falkland Islands began with a successful invasion by Argentine forces on April 2, 1982, and ended with their surrender to British forces ten weeks later. It was a textbook example of a limited war-limited in time, in location, in objectives and in means. Care was taken when it came to the treatment of civilians and prisoners and only in the later stages did non-combatants get caught in the fighting. The military casualties were severe-800 to 1,000 Argentine and 250 British dead-but still only a small proportion of the forces committed. The limited and old-fashioned nature of the war should caution against trying to draw too much of wider significance out of the experience. Nevertheless, in an age of rapid technological development without regular opportunities to assess the current state of the military art, the details of any war will be picked over by those anxious for guidance on how to prepare for future conflicts.
ACCESSION #
4851297

 

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