June 1982

Tuesday 1st

  • 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.
Wednesday 2nd
  • 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, 1 lost.

Killed in Action:
Sgt I N Hunt

Thursday 3rd

  • Versailles summit opens, Reagan five-point plan given to Britain.
  • RAF Vulcan bomber diverts to Brazil with refuelling problems after raid on Stanley airfield.

Friday 4th
Saturday 5th

  •  42 Commando RM occupy Mount Challenger.
  • Gazelle helicopter of 656 Sqn AAC shot down in ‘friendly fire’ incident, 3 lost.
  • Sunday 6th
  • 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.
 Monday 7th
  • UN Secretary General announces peace plan.
  • Argentine photo-reconnaissance Learjet shot down over San Carlos.
Tuesday 8th
  • President Reagan becomes first US President to address both Houses of Parliament.
  • HMS Plymouth attacked and damaged.
  • RFAs Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram bombed at Fitzroy, 50 lost.
  • Landing Craft F4 from HMS Fearless attacked by 4 Skyhawks in Choiseul Sound: 3 shot down by patrolling Sea Harriers, 6 lost

Wednesday 9th

Thursday 10th

  • Observation party attacked by Argentine troops in only action to take place on West Falkland, 1 lost.

Killed in Action:
Capt G J Hamilton MC

Friday 11th

  • QE2 arrives back at Southampton carrying 700 survivors from sinkings of HM Ships Coventry, Ardent and Antelope.
  • 42 Commando RM attack Mount Harriet, 2 lost.

Killed in Action:
Cpl J Smith
Cpl L G Watts

  • 45 Commando RM attack Two Sisters, 8 lost.
  • 3 PARA attack Mount Longdon, 23 lost.
  • House on the outskirts of Stanley hit by British shelling, causing the only civilian casualties of the war, 3 lost.

Saturday 12th

  • HMS Glamorgan, while withdrawing to sea after supporting above attacks, hit by land-launched Exocet fired from Stanley, 13 lost.

Sunday 13th

  • 2 PARA attack Wireless Ridge, 3 lost.
  • 2nd Bn Scots Guards attack Tumbledown Mountain, 9 lost.
  • Heavy Argentine shelling of British positions, 1 lost.

Killed in Action:
L/Cpl C C Thomas

  • 1/7 Gurkhas move up ready to attack Mount William.

Monday 14th

  • Argentine forces surrender, British forces take up positions in Stanley.

Tuesday 15th

  • Argentine prisoners collected from outlying units; 10,254 in total.

Wednesday 16th

  • Land Forces HQ established at Government House, cleanup and consolidation of Stanley area begins.

Thursday 17th

  • 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.

Friday 18th

  • Canberra and Norland leave for Puerto Madryn, Argentina, carrying over 8,000 POWs.

Saturday 19th

  • HMS Endurance arrives at Southern Thule.

Sunday 20th

  • EEC lifts trade sanctions against Argentina.
  • Argentine forces surrender on Southern Thule when HMS Yarmouth arrives with remainder of M Coy, 42 Cdo.

Monday 21st

  • The new Argentine President, General Bignone, announces that the ceasefire will be observed by all Argentine forces.

Tuesday 22nd

  • 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.

Wednesday 23rd
Thursday 24th

  • First extended-range Hercules lands at Stanley airfield.
  • Fatal explosion while clearing Argentine trenches at Goose Green, 1 lost.

Killed in Action:
L/Cpl B Limbu

Friday 25th

  • Alexander Haig quits as US Secretary of State, George Shultz takes over.
  • RFA Sir Galahad scuttled at sea as a war grave.