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By Nick van der Bijl, Paul Hannon

In early 1982 the assertion of the upcoming withdrawal of the Royal Navy's ice patrol send HMS patience brought on the present army Junta in Buenos Aires to consider army seize of the Falklands will be allowed to be successful with no greater than token resistance. Such an event used to be appealing as a distraction for the Argentine public at a time of political unease. at the evening of half April 1982, the Junta led by way of Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its circulation. This attention-grabbing textual content through Nicholas van der Bijl examines the Argentine forces that battled for keep watch over of this distant British outpost.

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The small bands of Indian guerrilleros were armed with a variety of weapons including traditional Quechua spears, javelins, and slings, but also agricultural tools used as improvised weapons: axes, pitchforks, and machetes. This breñero is an exception in having received a Peabody-Martini rifle; his equipment is limited to a small leather bag for ammunition. F2: Guardsman, National Guard Battalion Vengadores de Grau, 1879 This unit took the name “Avengers of Grau” in memory of the Peruvian naval hero who had died at Angamos.

The battalion never went to war; it remained in garrison in the occupied province of Antofagasta, but also served as a source of combat replacements. It wore captured Prussian-style Peruvian Pickelhaube helmets; these had been confiscated by Chilean customs officers and were originally worn by the National Guard Bn Chacabuco, but when that unit adopted the képi its helmets were given to the Antofagasta Battalion. Officers, by contrast, wore white cork helmets with brass chinscales and a number “1” on the front.

D1: Private, Battalion Huancayo, 1881 This unit, the second of infantry to be formed for the defense of Lima, was one of the few to survive that action, and marched into the central Andes to continue resistance. General Cáceres’s Army of the Center was very short of uniforms and equipment: with his limited funds, Cáceres bought some blue calico to make simple uniforms like this one. The all-red képi was the only item of dress used throughout Cáceres’s army, in order to distinguish its units from those of Iglesias’s Army of the North, which had all-blue caps.

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