No Malvinas / Falkland War

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Alexpira, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. Cryhavoc101 Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2014
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    Mostly true - however the Flag raising incident on South Georgia resulted in Britain sending 2 SSNs and letting the fact be known

    This resulted in the Junta somewhat in a panic rushing the invasion before either the Winter kicked or the Defense cuts started to take effect.

    Waiting for the RN to be downgraded might have taken another year or 2 to take effect and I am not sure that they had long enough.

    A better bet for the Junta is to occupy the island and when the UN resolution 502 was passed in the UKs favor and the UK invoke Article 51 of the UN charter (the right to self defense) then at a time before the Task force arrives in the area - the Junta should shrug, get the garrison to have changed all of the street names, have a lowering of the flag with a massed televised sing song, shit everywhere and evacuate the island telling everyone that they have courageously 'tweaked the Lions tale'.

    Apparently I have been told the Argentinian People would have lapped that up!
  2. Peelitebkearns Check Out The Alternate History Show!

    Jun 16, 2011
    Essex, UK
    "A better scenario for Argentina is the Junta waiting a few months. Even a couple of months and the British wouldn't have been able to act immediately due to the southern hemisphere winter, and would have had to wait until November to send a task force, by which time momentum would have been lost, and it might well have been lost in the UN forever.

    Wait another year and the 1981 Defence white paper cuts would have taken effect, which might have meant a halved RM force with one of Fearless or Intrepid gone (or even both), Invincible sold to Australia, and Hermes having been decommissioned - so no aircraft carriers at all, and a scaled back amphibious force."

    This has the makings of an interesting TL-Thatcher waiting until 1984 for an election only to lose the Falklands War in the runup and have the rug pulled from under her would be the best way to bring about a Foot government (or if we're lucky, an SDP-lead one with disaffected Labourites and more Tory 'wets' in some sort of coalition).

    The only problem I can see is getting the Junta to wait (and therefore, giving their opponents more time to launch some sort of coo with popular support). I'm guessing if they could've waited until a more favourable time (from their military perspective), they would've done so.
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  3. sendô Read between the lines.

    Sep 3, 2010
    They probably didn't, the flag raising forced their hand as such, but realistically the RN wasn't going to keep 2 SSNs on station in the south Atlantic indefinitely. If the junta could have held the domestic situation together even for a few months, Britain would be unable to respond immeditately and in strength as it did.

    What was even worse though, is that various governments had spent most of the 1970's trying to offload the Falklands, and if Argentina had been a bit more patient might have ended up with the leaseback deal that had been talked about previously.
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