Timeline Description: The Falklands War (April-June 1982) was a short war between Argentina and Britain. Argentina invaded the British-controlled Falkland Islands, located off the coast of Argentina. Britain defended the islands and won the war.
|April 2, 1982||Invasion of Falkland Islands(April 2-3, 1982)
Argentinian forces invaded the Falkland Islands, entering the capital city, Port Stanley and forcing the governor to surrender. The following day, the invasion was condemned by the UN Security Council.
|April 5, 1982||British Respond
British task force of more than 100 naval ships set sail for Falkland Islands, including aircraft carriers.
|April 25, 1982||British Royal Marines Retook South Georgia
South Georgia was retaken by Royal Marines on April 25, 1982. British Prime Minister Thatcher refused to provide details.
|April 30, 1982||Task Force Arrived
The British task force arrived in 200-mile exclusion zone surrounding the Falkland Islands on April 30, 1982.
|May 1, 1982||Air Attacks
Air attacks began by both sides on May 1, 1982. Argentinian planes attacked the British task force, while British planes attacked the Port Stanley airfield.
|May 2, 1982||Argentinian Cruiser Sunk
On May 2, an Argentinian cruiser, the General Belgrano, was torpedoed and sank by a British submarine. There was international criticism, as the Argentinian ship was outside the exclusion zone.
|May 4, 1982||HMS Sheffield Abandoned
The British Navy abandoned the HMS Sheffield following significant damage in battle on May 4.
|May 21, 1982||Frigate HMS Ardent Sank
On May 21, 1982, the HMS Ardent sank, causing 22 British deaths, and the British began landings at San Carlos. A number of Argentinian aircraft were shot down.
|May 25, 1982||HMS Coventry Sank
Argentinian aircraft successfully sank the HMS Coventry on May 25, 1982. An attack on a British merchant ship resulted in a number of deaths.
|May 28, 1982||Battle of Goose Green(May 28-29, 1982)
Fierce fighting at the Battle of Goose Green resulted in Argentinian surrender. More than 1000 Argentinian soldiers were taken as prisoners of war.
|June 8, 1982||Attacks on British Landing Craft
Argentinian attacks on British landing crafts RAF Sir Galahad and RAF Sir Tristram resulted in a number of British deaths.
|June 11, 1982||British Take Mount Longdon and Mount Harriet(June 11-12, 1982)
The British retook key sites, including Mount Longdon and Mount Harriet in the Falkland Islands. This enabled them to overtake Argentinian positions in the mountains.
|June 14, 1982||General Mario Menendez Surrendered
On June 14, 1982, Argentinian General Mario Menendez surrendered to Major General Jeremy Moore as British forces entered Port Stanley.
|June 17, 1982||Argentinian President Resigned
Argentinian President Leopoldo Galitieri resigned following his defeat in the Falklands War.