Accession Number:

ADA159268

Title:

Falkland Islands - War For National Sovereignty

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

85.0

Abstract:

In 1982 the first modern North-South conflict was waged when a north, major NATO power was confronted by a south, Third World nation over the possession of over 200 small islands in the South Atlantic--the Falkland Islands. During this conflict, modern, state-of-the-art weapons were employed during a 75-day battle. Lack of political maturity and military experience by the junta leadership resulted in Argentinas domestic and political instability. Key intelligence, logistical, and military mistakes were made to regain the islands by overt military aggression. Although Britain won the battle, both sides suffered numerous combat losses and the outcome of the conflict depended in large part on lady luck. This report presents the Argentinian view of the Falkland Islands conflict. It stresses the crucial role of national-military leaders in the strategic and tactical factors which affected the military outcome of a lethal, low-intensity conflict. It emphasizes the impact of international politics, military leadership, coalition logistics relationships, and efficacy of conventional weaponry, and the dimension of time as major factors on todays complex battlefield.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE