War in the Falklands

Fact:
April 2, 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands

At 4:30 A.M., helicopters had started to land on Mullet Creek; they were
the first of the many invaders from Argentina. At 6:08 A.M., an attack was at
full fledge. The Argentina government had claimed that they told their men it
was to be a bloodless fight, but that was not the case. Argentineans busted
down barrack doors and began to throw powerful grenades into the barracks and
killing many unsuspecting men.
Fact:
February 26, 1982, The war could have been prevented

On February 1982, there was supposed to be a meeting where the British
government would hold a meeting with the Argentinean government to talk about
preventing the war. This was a two-day event in New York, the first day the
Argentineans were to host the meeting, but there was a glitch in planning, and
the dates were to be changed. The leaders were under so much pressure, that
some said they were going to breakdown. What basically happened at the meeting,
was that both sides could not come to agreement. This resulted in a war.
Nobody really knew who owned the Falkland Islands. Some thought
Spain, Argentina thought they owned it, and Britain thought they owned it. No
agreements could be made.

Fact:
The war of the Falklands was a perfect opportunity to unleash
state of the art weapons on the opponents.

Later, after the first invasions, some messages went out over the radios.
The first ones told people of a small invasion, then they began broadcasting
from live sights, complete with gun fire in the background.
There were a lot of battles that went on between the British and
the Argentineans. The British won some, and the Argentineans won others. They
were all fighting for the Falklands. These were a group of small islands that
were all bunched up. You could not use the islands for much, seeing as that
they were craggy mountains. That would not make for very productive farm land,
but there were a lot of mountain lions and goats.
After the many battles, many deaths and many tests on weapons,
the British had won the War in the Falklands. This war was won both in military
action, and in speech. Most say to end violence in verbal communication, but
verbal communication was a giant factor in the beginning of this war.

Conclusion

This book had a couple aspects of history, it had facts, told the reader
how the British government thought, and even had some of the British speech in
it. I learned how the Falklands were fought over, in the sense of military
tactics and what the Falklands were. Although the Falkland Islands weren't very
good land, the British did not want to lose it. If they did loose it, it would
make their government and army look bad, and they did not want that. I also
read how some of the new weapons were used and their effects on the war.

I thought this book was not too good. It did include many historical
facts and dates, and the format was excellent. The things that made this book
hard to fallow and challenging to understand was that it was written out of
order. The first thing it talks about is how there was an invasion, but in the
next chapter it was talking about how the whole thing could have been avoided.
Also, I think the authors went into too much detail. It gets to a point where
the details get old. Also, I think the war was stupid. I don't think that as
many people should have died. The whole thing could have been avoided anyway.
But here is the really dumb part: what are the Falklands? A bunch of rocky
hills in the water. You could not farm much on them, and not many people lived
on them. You would love living there if you were a hermit, but the war as I saw
it was “Whoever gets the most toys at the end wins!” I can see why the sides
wanted it, but was it that important?

If someone really wanted to learn a lot mare about this war, they should
read this book. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else though.

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