POTD: Royal Marines on Argentine Submarine Santa Fe (1982)

Eric B
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THE FALKLANDS CONFLICT, APRIL – JUNE 1982 (FKD 978) Following the recapture of South Georgia, Royal Marines patrol past the damaged fin of the abandoned Argentine submarine SANTA FE while 5 Infantry Brigade transfer from the Cunard liner QUEEN ELIZABETH II to the P & O liner CANBERRA. Both vessels can be seen in the background. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205190541

Photo Of The Day and we go back to 1982 and the Falklands Conflict with some images from the Imperial War Museums. Above you see Royal Marines with FN FALs patrolling the Argentine submarine Santa Fe. This submarine was in fact built by the USA during the Second World War and transferred to Argentina in the early 70s. For more about the history of Santa Fe check here.

Below you can see the submarine HMS ONYX as it arrives at San Carlos.
THE FALKLANDS CONFLICT, APRIL - JUNE 1982 (FKD 155) The Oberon class submarine HMS ONYX arrives at San Carlos. HMS ONYX was the only diesel electric British submarine to serve in the conflict and her ability to operate silently close inshore enabled her to play an important role. In addition to providing a submarine deterrent and enforcing the exclusion zone surrounding the Islands, ONYX undertook reconnaissance, taking periscope photographs of ene... Copyright: IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205124305

Do you remember the Falklands Conflict?

Images and captions: http://www.iwm.org.uk

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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  • MediumSizeTex MediumSizeTex on Aug 05, 2022

    Ah, Thatcher's Stupid Little War. The US has definitely launched some blisteringly stupid conflicts, but going to war over something as strategically insignificant as the Falklands just because of Margaret Himmler's easily-bruised ego was special.

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    • Int19h Int19h on Aug 08, 2022

      @MediumSizeTex The Brits have successfully defended their citizens against a foreign invasion. That's supposedly what all armed forces everywhere are primarily for.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto Klaus Von Schmitto on Aug 07, 2022

    When the Argentines marched 8 Royal Marines through the streets with their hands up on television I knew that instant that they had really screwed the pooch and were going to get their ass kicked.