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Famous Quotes


British signal [to Falkland Islands garrison immediately before the Argentine invasion] Tomorrow at first light there will be an invasion force off Cape Pembroke and it's highly likely the Argentines will land. You are to make the appropriate dispositions.
 


Governor Sir Rex Hunt [on hearing of Argentine invasion plans] Sounds like the buggers mean it.
 


Governor Sir Rex Hunt [to Admiral Carlos Busser, commander of the Argentine invasion force] This is British territory. You're not invited. We don't want you here. I want you to go now and take all your men with you.
 


Unknown British Royal Marine [as leaving, to Argentine guard, following Operación Azul] Don't make yourself too comfy mate, we'll be back.
 


Admiral Sir Henry Leach [asked if the Falkland Islands could be retaken]Yes we can recover the islands, and we must!
Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
Why?
Admiral Sir Henry Leach Because if we don't do that, in a few months we will be living in a different country whose word will count for little!
 


Leopoldo Galtieri [commenting on Argentine rejection of US peace proposals] I am proud to have had the satisfaction at this meeting with representatives from the United States of making it clear that the honour of the Argentinian nation is not subject to negotiation, no matter with whom.
 


The Sun [Newspaper headline, reporting British recapture of South Georgia] INVASION!
 


Brigadier Julian Thompson [cable to London reporting the recapture of South Georgia] Be pleased to inform Her Majesty that the White Ensign flies alongside the Union Jack in South Georgia. God Save the Queen.
 


Margaret Thatcher [to the media after the recapture of South Georgia]

Margaret Thatcher
Just rejoice at that news and congratulate our forces and the marines.
 


Vice-Admiral David Hallifax [signal to the British fleet informing them to enforce a Total Exclusion Zone ("TEZ") rather than just a Maritime Exclusion Zone ("MEZ") around the Falkland Islands] Tis Tez
 


The Sun [Newspaper headline, urging rejection of Peruvian peace proposal] STICK IT UP YOUR JUNTA!
 


The Sun [Newspaper headline, reporting on the British attacks on the Alférez Sobral and the Belgrano]GOTCHA
 


Commander Chris Wreford-Brown [commander of HMS Conqueror on the sinking of the Belgrano] The Royal Navy spent thirteen years preparing me for such an occasion. It would have been regarded as extremely dreary if I had fouled it up.
 


Sunday People [Newspaper headline, reporting on Black Buck and Harrier raids on Port Stanley]A PUNCH UP YOUR JUNTA
 


BBC reporter Brian Hanrahan [reporting on Harrier raid on Port Stanley] I'm not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back.
 


The Sun [Newspaper headline] BRITAIN 6 (Georgia, two airstrips, three warplanes), ARGENTINA 0
 


Private Eye [spoof of The Sun] KILL AN ARGIE AND WIN A METRO
 


Major General Jeremy Moore [on capture of Port Stanley] Best pleased to inform Her Majesty that the Union Jack once again flies over Stanley. God Save the Queen.
 


Margaret Thatcher [reporting on British victory]

Margaret Thatcher
They have retreated, our troops have reached the outskirts of Port Stanley. A large number of Argentinian soldiers have lain down their arms. White flags are flying over Port Stanley. Our troops have been issued the command to shoot only in self-defence. Discussions among the commanders on the capitulation of the Argentinian troops in the Falklands have begun.
 


Sandy Woodward [commander of the British Task Force]A lot closer run than many would care to believe.
 


Sandy Woodward [commander of the British Task Force] The Argentine Air Force fought extremely well and we felt a great admiration for what they did.
 


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