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Subject: Defence (Falklands). Date range: 20 Mar 198215 Jun 1982. Importance level: 1-Key.

Showing items 51 - 100 of 144.

PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: MT notes made during conversation with Macmillan (c1500Z) (advice on handling the crisis) [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: MT message to world leaders (1846Z) ("Falkland Islands: economic measures against Argentina") [urges support for measures to bring Argentina to act on Security Council resolution] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 7 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Jopling minute to Pym (further reaction within the Parliamentary Party to Falklands situation; Labour and SDP reactions) [account of views of individual MPs] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 7 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Washington telegram 1169 to FCO (1835Z) ("Falklands") [conversation with Haig about Kirkpatrick - "Haig said that he had no words bad enough for that person. The trouble was that she had the ear of the White House. She was a complete disaster"] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 8 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1700Z) (MT-Haig) [pre-dinner conversation: Anglo-US responses to the invasion of the Falklands] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 8 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1700Z) (MT-Haig) [pre-dinner meeting: Anglo-US responses to the invasion of the Falklands - MT annotations] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 8 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (State Department) Falklands: USE London to State Dept (1700Z) ("Secretary's Meeting with Prime Minister Thatcher April 8: Falkland Islands crisis") [MT: "impossible to be neutral in the face of unprovoked aggression"] [declassified 2009]
PDF 82 Apr 8 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1830Z) (MT-Haig) [dinner conversation: Anglo-US responses to the invasion of the Falklands] [declassified 2012]
Text 82 Apr 8 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Rentschler MSS) Falklands: Jim Rentschler diary (US decision to launch mediation; Haig's first visit to London) [MT: "Interim authority? - to do what?"]
Text 82 Apr 9 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: Haig telegram to State Department (0131Z) ("Memo to the President: discussions in London") ["The Prime Minister has the bit between her teeth"] [declassified 2000]
PDF 82 Apr 11 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Military Committee minutes (1400Z) (Spanish original, transcript and English translation) [1. Analisis de MALVINAS; 2. Analisis di mision secreta a CUBA; 3. Informe Ministro RR.EE; 4. Resolucion Comite Militar - "The US has done nothing for Argentina. Defends Mrs Thatcher"] [declassified 2015]
PDF 82 Apr 12 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (0830-1000Z) (MT-Haig) [first meeting: discussion of Haig proposals] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 12 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1110Z - 1245Z) (MT-Haig) [second meeting: further discussion of Haig proposals] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 12 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1655Z) (MT-Haig) [third meeting: discussion of American draft agreement] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 12 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (2055Z) (MT-Haig) [Haig informs MT of his "very worrying" phone call with Costa Mendez; MT: "he's playing for high stakes and he can't have them"] [declassified 2012]
Text 82 Apr 12 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (Rentschler MSS) Falklands: Jim Rentschler diary (Haig shuttle back in London) [MT: "the fleet must steam on!"]
PDF 82 Apr 13 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (0815Z) (MT-Haig) [discussion of further Argentine demands; Argentina moving closer to USSR; concerns about UK public opinion] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 13 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: BRITDEFAT Montevideo signal to MODUK and CINCFLEET (1200Z) ("For CDS" [Lewin]) ["if we stick on sovereignty we must fight a most dearly expensive battle over a cause which may not be held in great conviction by those most concerned ie the islanders themselves"] [declassified Jun 2017]
PDF 82 Apr 14 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) MT: Robilliard note to MT ("Constituency Day Friday 21 May 1982") [MT would rather not agree to operate forklift at Michael Gerson Ltd. event given Falklands situation; "unless it has all been resolved by then"] [released 2013]
Text 82 Apr 14 We Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: (1335Z) [Falkland Islands]
Audio 82 Apr 14 We Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: [Falkland Islands] [audio]
PDF 82 Apr 14 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (1830Z) (MT-Haig) [full transcript of first call: dispute over British use of Ascension Island] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 14 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (1900Z) (MT-Haig) [full transcript of second call: further discussion of UK use of Ascension Island] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 15 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Chiefs of Staff directive to CINCFLEET COS 9/82 (Operation Sutton) [Planning Directive with appendix "Appreciation of the Options for Landing Operations in the Falkland Islands"] [declassified Oct 2018]
Text 82 Apr 16 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Rentschler MSS) Falklands: Jim Rentschler diary (Haig in Buenos Aires again) [Haig: "a charade ... a f***ing charade - these guys are diddling me"]
PDF 82 Apr 17 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (1930-1934Z) (MT-Reagan) [Reagan does "not think [MT] should be asked to go any further" in order to reach compromise] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 18 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (evening) (MT-Parsons) [possible UN resolution requiring UK Task Force to "drop anchor, to turn around, to hold off as it were, which obviously we couldn't accept"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 21 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Jopling minute to MT (views within the Parliamentary party on Falklands crisis) ["no surrender" group, pro-negotiations group, fears about "military disaster", pro-UN group, anti-violence group] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 23 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: US draft of peace agreement (as of 23rd April) [Haig proposals delivered via Pym & unacceptable to MT] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 24 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Minutes of OD Sub-Committee on South Atlantic and the Falkland Islands - OD(SA)(82) 15th (1715Z) ("Diplomatic and Military Situation") [proposals brought back by Pym from Washington - agreed message to Haig urging him to put them to Argentina first] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 24 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Pym memorandum circulated to OD(SA) Committee - OD(SA)(82) 25 (Falkland Islands: Washington Discussion with Mr Haig) [declassified 2012]
Text 82 Apr 24 Sa Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Thatcher memoirs Falklands: A crisis in the War Cabinet and the recapture of South Georgia [memoirs extract]
Info only 82 Apr 25 Su Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: South Georgia recaptured
Text 82 Apr 25 Su Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher Remarks on the recapture of South Georgia ("Rejoice")
Video 82 Apr 25 Su Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher Remarks on the recapture of South Georgia ("Rejoice") [film]
PDF 82 Apr 25 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Nott statement (recapture of South Georgia) ["The White Ensign flies alongside the Union Jack"; annotated by MT] [released 2013]
Text 82 Apr 26 Mo Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher HC Stmnt (1431-1506Z) [Falkland Islands]
Audio 82 Apr 26 Mo Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher HC Stmnt (1431-1506Z) [Falkland Islands] (recapture of South Georgia) [audio]
Text 82 Apr 26 Mo Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher TV Interview for BBC1 Panorama (2010Z) (Falklands)
PDF 82 Apr 28 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Minutes of MOD Chiefs of Staff Committee - COS 34th Meeting/82 (1300Z) (Operation Corporate, Force Levels) [discussion of the merits and demerits of Operation Sutton] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: MT letter to Reagan (1322Z) (apparent rejection by Argentina of latest peace proposals) ["I cannot conceal from you how deeply let down [we] would feel if under these circumstances the U.S. were not now to give us its full support"] [released 2013]
Text 82 Apr 29 Th Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: (1443-1506Z) [Falkland Islands]
Audio 82 Apr 29 Th Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: (1443-1506Z) [Falkland Islands] [audio]
PDF 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: State Department paper for NSC meeting ("Next Steps on Falklands") [range of possible measures] [declassified 2002]
Text 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: President Reagan letter to MT (Argentina rejects US plan) (extract) [will make clear UK "worked with us in good faith", acting on self-defence] [declassified 1993]
PDF 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Reagan letter to MT (2218Z) (position of US Administration given Argentina's failure to accept US proposals) [US "tilt" towards UK] [with MT annotations] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 29 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Reagan message to MT (2218Z) (Argentina rejects US peace proposal) [Argentina's refusal "to negotiate in good faith [has] made it necessary for the United States to adopt a new posture toward Buenos Aires"] [released 2013]
Info only 82 Apr 30 Fr Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: US `tilt’ in favour of Britain; Total Exclusion Zone put in force
PDF 82 Apr 30 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: National Security Council minutes (1335-1430Z) ("South Atlantic Crisis") (NSC 0048) [US 'tilt' towards Britain] [declassified 2011]
PDF 82 May 2 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1145Z) (MT-Whitelaw-Nott-Parkinson-Havers-Lewin-Fieldhouse-Acland) [Rules of Engagement widened to permit attack on General Belgrano] [declassified 2012]

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