Stunning Pictures From Britain's War For The Falkland Islands, 30 Years Ago Today

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Great Britain and Argentina have been at loggerheads over the tiny Falkland Islands ever sinceĀ since the 1800s.The conflict, which continues today, came to a head in 1982 when the awesome British navy crossed the ocean to win back its territory.

In the 1980s Argentina's economy was doing terribly, and the military junta government needed something to divert attention and rouse patriotism.

So Argentina invaded the islands on April 2, 1982.

Argentina occupied the Falklands for over 10 weeks.

British PM Margaret Thatcher sent 28,000 troops and 100 ships to defend the islands.

The British fought fierce battles to land on the Falklands.

British troops were often hugely outnumbered and lost a few naval ships and their crew to missile attacks.

When Argentine defenses in the capital Stanley were breached on June 14, they surrendered.

More than 700 Argentinian and 255 British soldiers were killed.

Many more Argentinians were captured as prisoners-of-war.

The victory was a major landmark in Thatcher's career.

So what the heck are they fighting for?

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