Warfare in News
Posted on Monday 5th August
During the Falklands conflict, Admiral Woodward gave the controversial order to sink the Argentine cruiser, General Belgrano, resulting in the loss of 323 lives. Last year, in an interview with the Telegraph, he said of the sinking:
'It’s very simple. There was the Belgrano and two destroyers armed with Exocet missiles milling around in the southern ocean. I know from experience that while they were within 200 miles of our ships, they could have us overnight. So I wanted them removed, didn’t I?'
The defence secretary Philip Hammond has expressed his sadness at Admiral Woodward's passing, saying:
'I am saddened by the news that Admiral Sir John "Sandy" Woodward, has died and my thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.'
In later years, Admiral Woodward served as Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, and went on to be the Flag Aide-de Camp to the Queen before his retirement.
The Falklands War(Paperback - 430 pages)
by Martin Middlebrook
With the surprise Argentine invasion of the remote Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982, the United Kingdom found itself at war. Due to the resolve of a determined Prime Minister and the resourcefulness of the Armed Forces, a Task Force, codenamed Operation CORPORATE, was quickly despatched. Remarkably, just over two months later, the Islands were liberated and the invaders defeated. By any standards this was an outstanding feat of arms, cooperation made possible by political… Read more...
Of further interest...
Where's the Beef in the Falklands Defence Review?Thu 16th April
A reaction to the recently announced Falklands Defence Review by Falklands-born author and founding editor of the Islands' newspaper, Graham Bound. Read article...
The German Fleet at Scapa Flow – 1919Fri 19th June
On Midsummer's Day, 1919, a German Admiral took the decision to scuttle his fleet before the Allies could share the warships between themselves. Read article...