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Documents Reveal Falklands Invasion Caught Margaret Thatcher By Surprise

Also France tried to sell missiles to Peru that would've likely made their way to Argentina


Secret UK government papers released on Friday, December 28 showed the apparent surprise of Margaret Thatcher when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in April 1982. Published by the British National Archives, these documents are, according to historians, among the "most powerful material" declassified in the last three decades.

"It was such a stupid thing to do, as events happened, such a stupid thing even to contemplate doing", Thatcher told the Franks Committee in October 1982, "I just say it was the worst moment of my life. That night, no-one could tell me whether we could retake the Falklands – no-one."