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

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PDF 82 Mar 20 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Governor Falklands flash telegram to FCO (1125Z) ("Illegal Landing on S. Georgia") ["shots fired Argentine flag hoisted notices in English changed to Spanish"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 23 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Military Committee minutes No.2"M"/82 (c2100Z) (English translation, Spanish transcription & Spanish original) [Costa Mendez to play for time with the British; reciprocity to be sought from US between Nicaragua & Malvinas issues] [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Mar 24 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Carrington minute to MT ("Falkland Islands") ["we may now face the prospect of an early confrontation with Argentina" - MT copy] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 24 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Carrington minute to MT ("Falkland Islands") ["we may now face the prospect of an early confrontation with Argentina"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 24 We Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Military Committee minutes No.3"M"/82 (English translation, Spanish transcription & Spanish original) [decision to bring forward planning to invade the Falklands] [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Mar 25 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO telegram 72 to UKE Buenos Aires (2030Z) ("South Georgia") [compromise proposal to regularise presence of Argentine party at Leith - "ultimate effort of goodwill"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 26 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Military Committee minutes No.4"M"/82 (c2215Z) (English translation, Spanish transcription & Spanish original) [decision to invade the Falklands] [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Mar 27 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Buenos Aires telegram 110 to FCO (1400Z) ("South Georgia") ["...growing impression that Costa Mendez has been less than honest with me and that, in fact, the Argentines have been playing us along"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Mar 30 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO telegram 98 to UKE Tel Aviv (for Carrington PS) (2120Z) ("South Georgia") [two reports from secret sources of Argentine intentions; Anaya briefing to naval staff on 28 March saying incident was not contrived but had come "at a wonderful time"] [declassified Mar 2016]
PDF 82 Mar 30 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: SIS UKE Buenos Aires signal to GCHQ (1640Z) (decrypted Argentine signal) [British Naval Attaché comments: "This looks serious and suggests a recce of an invasion beach on the West of East Falkland"] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Mar 30 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: GCHQ intercept of Argentine signal ("Argentine submarine force commander gives instructions relating to possible submarine threat, and also to reconnaissance mission") ["reconnaissance of the beach and/or disembarkation [word garbled]"] [declassified May 2023]
PDF 82 Mar 31 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Acting Chief of Defence Staff briefing for Nott (?before 1700Z) ("Falkland Islands") [updated military options before OD tomorrow; plus draft and criticism of it as too negative] [declassified Jul 2017]
Info only 82 Mar 31 We Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: Argentine invasion learned to be imminent - likely to be Friday; MT evening meeting at her room in House of Commons
PDF 82 Mar 31 We Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: MT message to President Reagan (2025Z) (intelligence reports Argentine navy preparing to invade) [MT asks Reagan to intervene with Galtieri] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 1 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO telegram 48 to Port Stanley (1825Z) ("Argentine Action Against the Falkland Islands") ["We now have reliable evidence that an Argentine task force will gather off Cape Pembroke early tomorrow morning ... You (and Buenos Aires) will wish to make your dispositions accordingly"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 1 Th Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: NSC briefing for President Reagan ("Suggested Talking Points for Telephone Call to President Galtieri") ["Maggie is a very determined woman .... The use of force by anyone will be met by force on her part"] [published 2015]
Info only 82 Apr 2 Fr Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: Argentina invaded the islands
Text 82 Apr 2 Fr Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Thatcher memoirs Falklands: Argentina invades the Falklands [memoirs extract]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO note for the record (c0100Z) ("Points arising from Ministers' discussion at No.10") ["as reported by Mr Ure" - decisions made] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Argentine Presidency record of Reagan-Galtieri phone conversation (0034-0114Z) (Spanish original & transcript, with English translation) [Reagan fails to persuade Galtieri not to invade the Falklands] [declassified 2013; this copy 2015]
Text 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Rentschler MSS) Falklands: Jim Rentschler diary (imminent Argentine invasion) [Reagan calls Galtieri; writes result to MT]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: President Reagan letter to MT (0245Z) (Reagan phone call to Galtieri) [just spoken with Galtieri: "he left me with the clear impression that he has embarked on a course of armed conflict"] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Reagan Library) Falklands: President Reagan letter for MT (0245Z) (his conversation with Galtieri: situation in the Falklands) [published 2015]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (State Department) Falklands: State Department to USE Buenos Aires (0304Z) ("UK-Argentine confrontation - Secretary calls in Argentine Ambassador") [if force used "we will have to side with the British"] [declassified 2001]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (State Department) Falklands: State Department to USE Buenos Aires (0437Z) ("President's conversation with Argentine President") [use of force "would gravely compromise US-Argentine relations"] [declassified 2002]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO Defence Department minute for Foreign Secretary ("Retaking the Falkland Islands: The Political Costs") ["hard to persuade people that the game was worth the candle" - MT's copy] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: FCO Defence Department minute for Foreign Secretary ("Retaking the Falkland Islands: the political costs") [Richard Luce's copy] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: FCO note (c1200Z) ("Falklands") [British Antarctic Survey ship RSS Bransfield intercepts Falkland Island radio saying that 200 troops have landed: "We must accept this as confirmation of an Argentine landing" - MT's copy] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Cabinet: Minutes of Full Cabinet - CC(82) 15th (1830Z) (Falkland Islands) [decision to despatch Task Force] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 2 Fr Declassified documents Key Archive (Hailsham MSS) Falklands: Hailsham diary (Argentina invaded the islands) ["Cecil Parkinson told me he was surprised at the invasion!!! He had been at the meetings y'day. ... One only (not me) for staying in port"] [released 2011]
Info only 82 Apr 3 Sa Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: Parliament met to debate the crisis; UN SCR 502 demanding Argentine withdrawal
Audio 82 Apr 3 Sa Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: (1019Z) [Falkland Islands] [audio]
Text 82 Apr 3 Sa Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher HC S: (1019Z) [Falkland Islands]
Audio 82 Apr 3 Sa Multimedia Key John Nott HC S: (1245Z) [Falkland Islands] [audio]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Gow notes (1310Z?) (1922 Committee Meeting: The invasion of the Falkland Islands) [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Gow notes (1310Z?) (1922 Committee Meeting: The invasion of the Falkland Islands) [transcript of Gow's notes] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (1700Z) (MT-President Mitterrand) [transcript; Mitterrand expresses support for MT] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (Argentine Archivo General de la Nación) Argentine Junta: Military Committee minutes No.8"M"/82 (?2100Z) (English translation, Spanish translation & original) [decision to reinforce the Argentine garrison on the islands] [declassified 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 3 Sa Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of telephone conversation (2100Z?) (MT, King Hussein of Jordan) [seeks, and gets, Jordan's support for UN Security Council resolution] [declassified Dec 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 4 Su Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Defence Staff briefing for Chief of Defence Staff ("The Falkland Islands Invasion") [update prepared for Lewin on his return from New Zealand] [declassified Feb 2018]
Info only 82 Apr 5 Mo Chronology Key [Chronology] Falklands: FCO Ministers resigned, Pym new Foreign Secretary; Task Force sailed
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Press Key Commentary (The Times) Falklands: “We Are All Falklanders Now” [leading article urging Carrington's resignation]
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: No.10 record of conversation (1130Z) (MT-Falklands Governor Rex Hunt-Major Norman-Major Noott) [Argentine invasion of the Falklands] [declassified 2012]
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: MT note to ?Gow (appointment of new Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary) ["It was Francis or George Younger...I realise your worries"] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 5 Mo Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: Lewin minute for Nott (afternoon) ("Falkland Islands: military appreciation") [military options reflecting views of Chiefs of Staff] [declassified Feb 2018]
Text 82 Apr 5 Mo Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher TV Interview for ITN (1630Z) (Falklands)
Text 82 Apr 5 Mo Speeches, interviews, etc. Key Margaret Thatcher TV Interview for BBC (c1640Z) (Falklands)
Video 82 Apr 5 Mo Multimedia Key Margaret Thatcher TV Interview for BBC (1640Z) (Falklands) [film]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (Thatcher MSS) Falklands: Jopling minute to Pym (reaction within the Parliamentary Party to Falklands situation) [account of views of individual MPs] [released 2013]
PDF 82 Apr 6 Tu Declassified documents Key Archive (TNA) Falklands: UKE Buenos Aires telegram 174 to FCO (1326Z) ("Falklands and Time Scale of Argentine Intentions") ["we refused to face the fact that our encouragement of total intransigence from the Islanders involved a physical risk to them"] [declassified 2012]

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