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War on the Front Page :

April 1982

1 At midnight the British submarine Splendid sails from Faslane. U.N Security Council meets at Britain’s request and calls for restraint and avoidance of force. U.S President Ronald Regan warns Argentinian junta leader General Galtieri not to take military action. Falkland Islands Governor Rex Hunt is informed that Britain believes Argentina is planning a submarine landing on the Islands to increase pressure over South Georgia. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher telegraphs President Regan asking him to warn the Argentineans.  Royal Marines commander Brigadier Julian Thompson is alerted to the crisis.

The Times, 1 April 1982

5 First ships in the Task Force leave Britain. Aircraft carriers Hermes and Invincible sail from Portsmouth with other ships. Lord Carrington resigns as Foreign Secretary and is replaced by Francis Pym.The Sun, 5 April 1982

12 British introduce 200-mile exclusion zone around the islands to prevent Argentinian reinforcements and supplies reaching the Islands from the mainland. British submarine Spartan arrives on station off Stanley.

The Times, 5 April 1982

The Times, 13 April 1982

23 Britain warns Argentina that any warship or military aircraft representing a threat  to the task force would be dealt with accordingly.

The News, 23 April 1982

25 Royal Marines recapture South Georgia. Thatcher tells Britain to “rejoice”. Argentinian submarine Santa Fe damaged in a British attack.

The Sunday Times, 25 April

30 Britain declares total exclusion zone, applicable to all ships and aircraft supporting the Argentinian occupation of the Islands. US announces support for Britain. General Sir Jeremy Moore flies to Ascension for conference with Brigadier Thompson.

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