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PDF 82 May 5 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to MT (Pym's minute about the Argentine aircraft carrier) [Armstrong argues that carrier should not be attacked unless it changes course] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 5 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Pym minute to MT (Argentine aircraft carrier) ["so long as the carrier is on its present course and in its present posture, our justification for attacking it would be questionable"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Havers minute to MT (Argentine aircraft carrier) [Havers advises on legality of proposed attack: "[Carrier] must...have approached our forces in such circumstances as to make her a threat and therefore a legitimate target"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to MT ("Falkland Islands") [arrangements to ensure MT is fully briefed on military and political developments] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 6 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to Coles (electronic counter-measures against Exocet missiles) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 8 Sa Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: MOD letter to No.10 ("South Africa") [MT suggests "warmer" response to SAG's offer of support facilities to UK] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to Whitmore ("The Falklands") [briefing MT on possibilities for Falklands landing] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery briefing for MT ("Falklands: OD(SA) on 11th May") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO telegram 377 to UKMIS New York (1455Z) ("Falklands") ["I endorse...your insistence on smoking the Argentines out on the question of sovereignty"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1686 to FCO (1620Z) ("Falklands") [Henderson meets with Haig; Costa Mendez "masterminded" South Georgia invasion; Soviet involvement] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 10 Mo Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1690 to FCO (2340Z) ("Falklands") [prospect of US peace guarantee for Falklands] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKMIS New York telegram 704 to FCO (0141Z) ("Falklands") [negotiations with and proposals of Perez de Cuellar] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO Sitrep (0630Z) (11 May 1982. 0730) [Haig's views, UN] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery briefing for MT ("Falklands: OD(SA) on 12th May") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 note to MOD ("Enforcing the Falklands Blockade") [MT notes authorisation for "Force Commander to deal with fishing or merchant [resupply] vessels within 150nm of the centre of the TEZ"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 letter to MOD ("South Africa") [MT favours "warmer" response to Botha's offer of support facilities] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong briefing for MT ("The Falkland Islands") [military briefing on Falklands landing] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 11 Tu Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: MOD letter to No.10 ("Rules of Engagement for Certain Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering Vessels") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 12 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO letter to No.10 ("Falkland Islands") [draft telegrams to Parsons regarding UN negotiations] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 12 We Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute for Coles (Electronic counter-measures against Exocet missiles) [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 12 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: HMS Hermes message to CTF 317 (1800Z) ("Operation Corporate - Incident") [rescue of crew from downed helicopter] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 12 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: HMS Glasgow messages to CTF 317.8 (2011Z) (report of bomb damage to Glasgow) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 12 We Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: HMS Brilliant message to CTF 317.8 (2130Z) ("Operation Corporate") [account of attacks on Brilliant and Glasgow] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 13 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery briefing for MT (0700Z) ("The Falklands: Military Briefing - Friday 8th May, 8 am in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room") [planning Falklands landings] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 13 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to Whitmore ("Falklands: Decision Timetable") [arrangements for meetings of OD(SA) and decisions on Falklands landings] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 13 Th Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Nott letter to French Defence Minister Hernu (regret at UK press reports criticising France for providing weapons to Argentina) [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery briefing for MT ("Falklands: OD(SA) on 16th May") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Whitmore note to MT ("Meeting of OD(SA) on Tuesday 18 May") [18 May meeting of OD(SA) is "a critical one", "given the decision which we at present think Ministers will have to take on that occasion" Lewin asks that all three Chiefs of Staff attend alongside him; MT approves] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Whitmore minute to MT ("Landing on the Falkland Islands") [concern about weakness of air defence of Task Force ships] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Armstrong minute to MT ("Argentina and the Falkland Islands") [role of intelligence in the lead-up to Argentine invasion of the Falklands] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO letter to No.10 (proposed letter to PW Botha regarding South African offer of support facilities) [urges against making letter "warmer"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: MOD letter to Department of Trade ("Non-Combat Aircraft: Contingency Press Release") [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Wade-Gery minute to Whitmore ("Argentine Mainland") [Fieldhouse will not seek authority to attack Argentine mainland] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Minor Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO minute to No.10 (OD(SA) meeting: list of attendees) [Chequers meeting 10am Sunday 16 May] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 May 14 Fr Declassified documents Major Archive (TNA) Falklands: Pym memorandum circulated to OD(SA) Committee - OD(SA)(82) 51 (Falkland Islands: The New York Negotiations) [text as annotated by MT] [declassified 2012]
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