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June 1982





1 Tuesday
  • Two RAF Harriers fly direct from Ascension to HMS Hermes off the Falklands.
  • RN Sea Harrier shot down off Stanley, pilot rescued by RN Sea King helicopter.
2 Wednesday
  • Pope ends tour of Britain.
  • Mrs Thatcher offers Argentina last chance to withdraw.
  • Canberra arrives in San Carlos Water, carrying bulk of 5 Infantry Brigade, transferred from QE2 off South Georgia.
  • 2 PARA move forward to Fitzroy settlement and Bluff Cove.
  • 'Friendly fire' incident between an SBS patrol and an SAS patrol.
    Killed in Action: SBS: Sgt I N Hunt
3 Thursday
  • Versailles summit opens, Reagan five-point plan given to Britain.
  • RAF Vulcan bomber diverts to Brazil with refuelling problems after raid on Stanley airfield.
4 Friday


5 Saturday
6 Sunday
  • Israel launches major invasion of Lebanon by land, sea and air.
  • First visit to Montevideo by a hospital ambulance ship. HMS Hydra lands 51 casualties to be flown back to the UK on board RAF VC10s.
7 Monday
  •  UN Secretary General announces peace plan.
  • Argentine photo-reconnaissance Learjet shot down over San Carlos.
8 Tuesday
9 Wednesday


10 Thursday
  • Observation party attacked by Argentine troops in only action to take place on West Falkland.
    Killed in Action: 22 SAS: Capt G J Hamilton MC
11 Friday
12 Saturday
13 Sunday
14 Monday
  •  Argentine forces surrender, British forces take up positions in Stanley.
15 Tuesday
  • Argentine prisoners collected from outlying units; 10,254 in total.
16 Wednesday
  • Land Forces HQ established at Government House, cleanup and consolidation of Stanley area begins.
17 Thursday
  • General Galtieri replaced as President of Argentina and commander-in-chief of the Army.
  • HMS Plymouth first British warship to sail back into Port Stanley.
  • HMS Yarmouth and RFA Olmeda pick up men from M Company, 42 Commando from South Georgia.
18 Friday
  •  Canberra and Norland leave for Puerto Madryn, Argentina, carrying over 8,000 POWs.
19 Saturday
20 Sunday
  • EEC lifts trade sanctions against Argentina.
  • Argentine forces surrender on Southern Thule when HMS Yarmouth arrives with remainder of M Coy, 42 Cdo.
21 Monday
  • The new Argentine President, General Bignone, announces that the ceasefire will be observed by all Argentine forces.
22 Tuesday
  • Canberra returns from Argentina, and embarks 3 Cdo Brigade for return to England.
  • Norland embarks 2 PARA and 3 PARA and sails for Ascension Island.
23 Wednesday


24 Thursday
  •  First extended-range Hercules lands at Stanley airfield.
  • Fatal explosion while clearing Argentine trenches at Goose Green.
    Killed in Action: 1/7 Gurkha Rifles: L/Cpl B Limbu
25 Friday
  • Alexander Haig quits as US Secretary of State, George Shultz takes over.
  • RFA Sir Galahad scuttled at sea as a war grave.
26 Saturday  
27 Sunday


28 Monday
  •  Princess of Wales gives birth to a baby boy, later named William.
29 Tuesday


30 Wednesday