Falklands War Links
The typical attitude toward the 1982 Falkland Islands War between Great Britain and Argentina seems to be “nothing to see here, no lessons for us. Move along”. Or, if any lessons are learned, it is often the wrong ones, such as “sure, the British won, but only with large deck aircraft carriers could they have won the right way, the American way”.
More likely, with an expensive fixed wing carrier to pay for, she wouldn’t have possessed adequate destroyers, frigates, or amphibious ships to pull off the invasion, since these would be cast off to pay for supercarriers, as is happening today in the Royal Navy. Consider also that large and exquisite warships aren’t built specifically to fight a conflict but to deter, by the Navy’s own admission.
James Daly, at the Daly History Blog, is putting together a good study of The Falklands: Then and Now, which I have enjoyed reading and think you will too. Here are the articles published so far:
- Refighting the Falklands War?
- Falklands then and now: Aircraft Carriers.
- Falklands then and now: Amphibious Warfare.
America ignoring the lessons of the Falklands Conflict today might be compared to the European view in the 19th Century toward the US Civil War. A rude awakening was soon to come.