|On April 2nd, the Argentinean military seized the Falkland Islands off the coast of Argentina. The islands had been administered by Great Britain. The Argentineans claimed the islands were part of Argentina and renamed them "The Malvinas". The British government announced that they would send a task force to recapture the islands.
On May 4th, the British sank the Argentinean cruiser, General Belgrano. The British destroyer, Sheffield, was subsequently sunk by an Exocet missile. On May 21st, the first British troops landed on the Falklands and rapidly defeated the Argentinean forces. The British lost 225 servicemen and the Argentineans lost 712.