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Posted on Tuesday 21st May

The original signed copy of the telex which ended the Falklands War in 1982 will go under the hammer today and is expected to raise around £15,000.

The rare document is signed by Margaret Thatcher and Major General Jeremy Moore, as well as by Sir Rex Hunt, the Civil Commissioner on the islands during the conflict, and Major General Sir Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade.

The telex last went up for sale in 1999, when it was donated by Mrs Thatcher in order to raise money for services charities, along with a second sheet signed by other major participants in the war.

The document, which is dated 14 June 1982, reads:

'Major General Menedes surrendered to me all the Argentine armed forces in east and west Falkland, together with their impedimenta.

'Arrangements are in hand to assemble the men for their return to Argentina, to gather in their arms and equipment, and to mark and make safe their munitions. The Falkland Islands are once more under the government desired by their inhabitants. God save the Queen.'

It will be sold today at a Mullocks Auctioneers' auction of major historical documents at Ludlow Racecourse.

Further Reading

3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands

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3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands

(Paperback - 224 pages)
by Julian Thompson CB, OBE

Major General Julian Thompson first wrote No Picnic when the momentous events of April - June 1982 were fresh in his mind. As Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, he was at the heart of the planning and conduct of the War. Under his direct command had been the Royal Marine Commandos and the two battalions of the Parachute Regiment who conducted the lion's share of the fighting.

No-one therefore is better qualified…

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