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The Argentine Navy September 1941 “sudden strike” plan to invade and occupy the Falklands

Tuesday, September 10th 2019 - 10:40 UTC
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It was 26 September 1941 when an Argentine navy captain presented to the Naval War School a plan to invade, capture and retain the Falkland Islands. Circumstances were different to those nowadays or in 1982, world war and events made Argentina fear the transfer of the Islands to some other country, be it of South or North America and thus she must prepare secretly before they change owner, creating a favorable situation for its interests. Read full article

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  • Roger Lorton

    Soldiers playing? I am sure over the decades there were many such war games.

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 11:07 am - Link - Report abuse +7
  • FitzRoy

    This article, whilst factually correct, plays down the “why” of the whole point of Villanueva's report. Argentina, in fact Peron, was banking on Germany and fascism, for which there was a lot of support, winning the war. Peron had already tried to bring the public's focus to bear on taking the Falklands by writing it into the constitution. Interestingly in 1945 he changed his mind about whom to back.

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 11:23 am - Link - Report abuse +8
  • imoyaro

    Too bad the Fascists/Peronists didn't make the attempt during WWII...the US would have blown them to oblivion. Can you say “Arclight?”

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • Think

    The difference in quality between them Anglo posters in here is flabbergasting...!

    Take Mr. Lorton..., the good auld brainwasher..., being quite right in his assesment when he writes...:
    ***“Soldiers playing? I am sure over the decades there were many such war games.”***

    On the other hand..., look at Mr. Fitzroy's..., the turnipy young brainwashed..., writing...:

    1) ***“in fact Peron, was banking on Germany and fascism, for which there was a lot of support, winning the war.”***..., he writes...
    Peron was elected president in 1946..., I say..., !!! 1 9 4 6 !!!

    2) ***“Peron had already tried to bring the public's focus to bear on taking the Falklands by writing it into the constitution.”***..., he says...
    The Malvinas/Falklands issue was written in the Argie Constitution in 1994..., I say..., !!! 1 9 9 4 !!!
    That is some 20 years AFTER Mr.Peron died...

    Capisce...?

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 03:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -7
  • Pipino

    Argentina must be so proud of its part in the defence of freedom against Nazism.

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 06:39 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Martin Woodhead

    They could have held them till 1945.
    When the Royal Navy would have turned up in no tender mood and Argentina would have a lot of explaining to do :)

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +6
  • Think

    Mr. Pipino...

    As proud as Ireland..., Portugal..., Switzerland..., Spain..., Sweden... and a couple of others in Europe..., I reckon...

    Sep 10th, 2019 - 08:22 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • imoyaro

    Funny, Peron was part of the Fascist coup that threw out the civilian government in 1943, then became Minister of War, then Vice President before becoming President in 1946. I'd say he had a lot to do with it... :)

    Sep 11th, 2019 - 05:08 am - Link - Report abuse +5
  • MarkWhelan

    imoyaro Yes I can say Arc Light even as Arclight
    But nobody in the USA even knew what Operation Arc Light was when this report was written in 1941 so your comment on this point is in fact irrelevant. Considering that the last Arc Light mission was flown on August 15, 1973 I think that the aircraft which were specially designed for these missions are probably mothballed. This makes Arc Light irrelevant to today also.

    Sep 11th, 2019 - 12:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    “As proud as Ireland..., Portugal..., Switzerland..., Spain..., Sweden...”

    They've got nothing to be proud of neither. Especially Switzerland, keeping all that stolen Nazi gold after the war.

    Sep 11th, 2019 - 08:19 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • imoyaro

    Carpet bombing is carpet bombing. B17s, B29s, it's all good. And you are wrong, they are still using B52s.
    As for Gauchito Drink's assertion of neutrality, Sweden had supplies waiting for the Germans at the border during the invasion of Norway, and allowed over 2million troops with supplies, and over 100,000 railway cars to travel over Swedish rails to Finland for Operation Barbarossa. Spain, a Fascist country, worked hand in glove with the Nazis while attempting appear neutral, particularly in intelligence. So much so that the Allies were able to fake out the Germans into moving troops to Sardinia and Greece prior to the invasion of Sicily with Operation Mincemeat...

    Sep 11th, 2019 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • August

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Sep 12th, 2019 - 01:37 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • imoyaro

    Is that you Hepatia? :P

    Sep 12th, 2019 - 06:59 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Terence Hill

    Armando or whoever you call yourself.
    Not in a month of Sundays.

    Sep 12th, 2019 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • RedBaron

    1) There is no such thing as the Malvinas
    2) England is not a sovereign entity (yet) so couldn't return anything to anyone.
    3) The FALKLAND ISLANDS are a British Overseas Territory and ownership, sovereignty or attachment cannot be transferred without the agreement of the Falkland Islanders themselves......in other words, N E V E R.
    Mark the date in your calendar - 16/09/2044 .........Yep, still British!

    Sep 16th, 2019 - 04:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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