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Operation Corporate – The Retaking of the Falklands
Wed 12 Jan, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
The decades of failure by the British Foreign Office to value the sovereignty of Falkland Islands or the rights of the islanders, and to consider a possible lease arrangement with Argentina, gave the brutal Argentinian military junta headed by General Galtieri reasonable grounds to believe that there would be no response by the United Kingdom if the ‘Malvinas’ were invaded in 1982.
The consequence of this failure to clearly to communicate intention, and the inability of the junta to withdraw troops, was the outbreak of a short but brutal war which ended in the loss of young British and Argentinian lives. It was the immediate cause of the humiliation and fall of Galtieri’s military junta and the electoral success of PM Margaret Thatcher.
This was an amphibious campaign followed by a hard fought ‘break in battle’ on land supported with naval airstrike and gunfire. Operations were carried out at the very edge of British logistical capability. It was the first, and still most recent, occasion when a modern naval campaign was fought in the air, on the surface and in the sub-surface domain. The ferocity and speed of the modern maritime battlespace was conclusively demonstrated in 1982 and that makes the Falklands war still relevant to future operations.
Presenter: – Lieutenant Commander Desmond Woods RAN
Desmond Woods has served for more than 45 years in the RNZN, the RN the British Army and the RAN as an education officer teaching naval and military history to junior officers. From 2003 – 2010 he was the Course Officer for the Strategic Studies Course at the RANC. While on the staff of the Australian Command and Staff College he ran the CDF’s 2010 International Counterinsurgency conference. He was the Military Support Officer to the Defence Community Organisation in Canberra for two years before joining the staff of the RAN’s International Fleet Review in 2013. This was followed by a year as Staff officer Centenary of Anzac (Navy) before joining CN’s personal staff as his Research Officer. After time as a Heritage Research Officer at the RAN’s Seapower Centre in Canberra he became the Navy’s Bereavement Liaison Office in which role he is still serving. He is a councillor of the Australian Naval Institute and the Australian Institute for International Affairs (ACT) a member of the USI (ACT) and is a regular contributor of naval articles and book reviews to Australian and international naval historical journals.
Details: – Time: Jan 12, 2022 11:00 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Meeting ID: 898 4419 1945 Passcode: 198806
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