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    Cheers mate, I appreciate you gave me this info. I'll try and buy one of them. I'm more of a book reader in military history.

    Another interesting aspect of the war was equiping the Nimrods with AIM-9L sidewinders and making those long ASW patrols from the Ascension island (sorry for spelling).

    The logistics between Great Britain and the islands is also worth mentioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoebus View Post
    Cheers mate, I appreciate you gave me this info. I'll try and buy one of them. I'm more of a book reader in military history.

    Another interesting aspect of the war was equiping the Nimrods with AIM-9L sidewinders and making those long ASW patrols from the Ascension island (sorry for spelling).

    The logistics between Great Britain and the islands is also worth mentioning.
    Again, the Ascension Island story is well told:

    Island Base by Bob McQueen

    ISBN-13: 978-1904445180

    Amazon.co.uk

    The Ascension connection is also very well explained in great detail in

    Vulcan 607 by Rowland White

    ISBN-13: 978-0593053911

    Amazon.co.uk

    I ought to be on commission from Amazon.

    A close friend and neighbour of mine was on the very early Nimrod missions out of Ascension.

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    Nice selection of archival pix from one agency







    British troops arriving in the Falklands Islands during the Falklands War.

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    Thanks Switek. Nice pics.

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    l haven't seen m2hb standart weapon sysytem of English army in the MOD website..l think it is only used sas Forces..

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    The .50 M2 was used by various units during the Falklands conflict for AA purposes. This was the start of its re-introduction into the British armoury.

    BTW - the .50cal M2 QCB is manufactured in Britain with a specially developed quick-change barrel system developed by Manroy Engineering.





    The QCB version is easily identified by the barrel-change handle.

    Manroy's AA mount may also look familiar:

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    Is that a S61\SeaKing inbound in the background?

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    Yes - by the look of it, it's a Mk.4 - the troop carrying version.


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    l heard that mrs.iron lady got the codes of argentians excoset missiles to make them useless from france...so argentain couldnt use many of them againist English forces...was it true?
    as a theoery if argentians used them result of the war might be different...does anyone know anything about this topic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikam View Post




    l heard that mrs.iron lady got the codes of argentians excoset missiles to make them useless from france...so argentain couldnt use many of them againist English forces...was it true?
    as a theoery if argentians used them result of the war might be different...does anyone know anything about this topic?
    Such things have long been rumoured, but have never been confirmed. As the Argentines only had five air-launched Exocets by April/May 1982. They launched all 5 and failed to acquire any more thanks to the efforts of the British intelligence services, it seems unlikely.

    Argentina made huge efforts to acquire more Exocets from sources wordwide, but none were thought to have got through by the time hostilities ended in June 1982.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intikam View Post
    l heard that mrs.iron lady got the codes of argentians excoset missiles to make them useless from france...so argentain couldnt use many of them againist English forces...was it true?
    as a theoery if argentians used them result of the war might be different...does anyone know anything about this topic?
    I believe Argentina only had 5-6 missiles stockpiled at the start of the war, and used them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [WDW]Megaraptor View Post
    I believe Argentina only had 5-6 missiles stockpiled at the start of the war, and used them all.
    I think one was used from a shore battery targeting a RN Vessel (line on sight method).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ordie View Post
    I think one was used from a shore battery targeting a RN Vessel (line on sight method).
    Two of the ship-to-ship version of the Exocet were set up on a flatbed trailer just outside Stanley. These were not targeted by line of site - rather a jury rig using an army radar system was cobbled together by a couple of naval officers. The first attempts to launch did not work, but later they got the link-up working successfully. The first was launched at a British warship and missed, however the second missile hit HMS Glamorgan on 12th June killing 13 men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaWhisky58 View Post
    Two of the ship-to-ship version of the Exocet were set up on a flatbed trailer just outside Stanley. These were not targeted by line of site - rather a jury rig using an army radar system was cobbled together by a couple of naval officers. The first attempts to launch did not work, but later they got the link-up working successfully. The first was launched at a British warship and missed, however the second missile hit HMS Glamorgan on 12th June killing 13 men.
    Further to DW58's reply;-

    The photo below is one of the damage caused by the Exocet strike to the hanger deck of HMS Glamorgan. As with the Sheffield, the warhead failed to detonate and all the damages and casualties were caused as a result of the impact and the residual fuel fires and explosions.

    Photo source: Battle For The Falklands Vol 2. Naval Forces Osprey MAA No134
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    The Argentines ran out of exocets because an Mi6 bloke was running around Buenos Aires and various arms fairs buying up the remaining stocks at the time.

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