Re: Mrs Stupid.
- From: "Mike Piacente" <mpiacente@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 17:08:39 -0400
"R.C. Payne" <rcp27@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Hank Murphy wrote:
"Mike Piacente" <mpiacente@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Last I heard, the Brits have/had a destroyer
and/or frigate on regular patrol in the area and a small infantry or
Marine detachment on the islands.
I've also read that there is an FF (Edinburgh?) on South Atlantic patrol,
and an Antarctic research vessel (HMS Endurance) down there about half
But I personally doubt that the current level of commitment would have
stopped the Argentine invasion.
I'm not sure I'd agree with that. I get the impression the invasion was
conceived to be a fairly bloodless afair, with the gamble that the UK
would back down given the size of commitment needed to mount an invasion.
Had there been a guard ship, it would have to have been "dealt with"
before any invasion could go ahead. A minor insignificant colony lost
without bloodshed would be a lot easier to accept in Westminster than a
minor insignificant colony *and* a frigate lost (with, presumably, much
bloodshed). In the event, the gamble did not pay off, and we all know
Robin, you're probably right. The Argies didn't think the Brits would go to
war over those islands. Galtieri thought wrong.
Obviously the Argies didn't know the history of the Royal Navy and that it
would travel 8,000 miles to fight. God Bless the Brits!!!
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