The Falkland Islands War Quiz

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Which countries fought in the Falkland Islands War?

The Falkland Islands War involved Britain and Argentina.

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The Falkland Islands are nearest which continent?

The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic, approximately 300 miles (483 kilometers) east of the South American country of Argentina.

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Who was the prime minister of Great Britain at the time of the Falkland Islands War?

Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister from 1979 to 1990.

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Who was the leader of Argentina at the time of the Falkland Islands War?

At the time of the Falkland Islands War, the military junta that controlled Argentina was led by Lt. Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri. A military junta is a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power.

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True or false: The Falkland Islands are 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) from Great Britain.

The Falkland Islands are approximately 8,000 miles from Great Britain.

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What action prompted the Falkland Islands War?

Argentina launched a military invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982. At the time of the conflict, the Falkland Islands had been a British colony since 1892 and a British possession since 1833.

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Who was the governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the Argentine invasion?

Rex Masterman Hunt was the governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the invasion. On April 2, 1982, a small British force of 80 servicemen were outnumbered by an Argentine invasion force of 600 soldiers, forcing Governor Hunt to surrender.

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How many islands are within the maritime borders of the Falkland Islands?

The Falkland Islands includes the two main islands of East and West Falkland and approximately 200 small islands.

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What was the name of the British task force flagship?

The Centaur-class aircraft carrier HMS Hermes was the Falkland Islands Taskforce flagship. The decommissioned 13-story ship is slated to become a 600 room luxury hotel anchored in the Bay of Bengal.

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What was the population of the Falkland Islands at the time of the war?

The population of the Falkland Islands in 1982 was 1,820 people.

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What was the distance of the exclusion zone around the Falkland Islands that was issued by Great Britain?

Great Britain issued a 200-mile exclusion zone around the Falkland Islands. A military exclusion zone is an area or zone established by a sanctioning body to prohibit specific activities in a geographic region.

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How many ships were in the British task force sent to the Falkland Islands?

The British task force sent to the Falkland Islands consisted of 127 ships, including 43 vessels of the royal navy, 22 royal fleet auxiliary vessels and 62 merchant ships.

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Which British military installation served as a vital resupply depot for the British task force during the Falkland Islands War?

Despite being nearly 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) from the Falkland Islands, Ascension Island served as a resupply depot and forward base for the British during the Falkland Islands War.

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True or false: The Argentine naval fleet numbered 13 vessels at the time of the Falkland Islands War.

At the beginning of the Falkland Islands War, the Argentine naval fleet consisted of 13 vessels.

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Which Argentine ship was torpedoed, killing the crew of 323 sailors?

The Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was torpedoed and sunk by the British submarine HMS Conqueror, killing 323 crew members. After the sinking of the General Belgrano, other Argentine military ships stayed in port.

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How long did it take for the British task force to reach the Falkland Islands?

The British task force set sail on April 5, 1982, and arrived at the 200-mile (322-kilometer) exclusion zone around the Falkland Islands on April 30, 1982, just 25 days later.

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Which Argentine jet fighters were used to carry Exocet missiles in the Falkland Islands War?

The Argentine air force used four Super Etendards to carry and deploy Exocet missiles in the Falkland Islands War.

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What type of missile was used by Argentine air force to sink the HMS Sheffield?

The sinking of the HMS Sheffield was caused by a French-made Exocet missile fired by the Argentine air force. Twenty British crew members were killed in the attack.

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How many British ships were lost in the Falkland Islands War?

Six British ships were sunk during the Falkland Islands War: HMS Sheffield, HMS Ardent, HMS Antelope, HMS Coventry, SS Atlantic Conveyor and the RFA Sir Galahad.

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What fighter jet did British forces use in the Falkland Islands War?

The British deployed 28 Sea Harriers to the Falkland Islands War. Six of the aircraft were lost during the conflict.

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How many Argentine ships were lost in the Falkland Islands War?

By the end of the Falkland Islands War, the Argentine fleet had lost nine ships.

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Where did the British land their ground forces on the Falkland Islands?

The British landed their ground forces on the west coast of the eastern island at San Carlos Bay.

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Which British television news personality said, "I counted them all out and I counted them all back"?

Hanrahan was assigned to the HMS Hermes during the Falklands War and was reassuring the public that all British Harrier jets had returned to the carrier safely.

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The Battle of Goose Green took place on which island?

The Battle of Goose Green on May 28 and 29, 1982, took place on East Falkland Island. Two days of fierce fighting ended with an Argentine surrender.

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What is the Spanish name that Argentines call the Falkland Islands?

Argentines call the Falkland Islands by their Spanish name, <i>Islas Malvinas</i>.

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How long did the Falkland Islands War last?

The Falkland Islands War began on April 2, 1982, with the invasion of Argentine forces and ended just over 10 weeks later.

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What was the death toll of the Falkland Islands War?

The death toll of the Falkland Islands War was approximately 870 people, including 645 Argentine soldiers, 255 British soldiers and three Falkland Islands civilians.

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When did the Falkland Islands War end?

The Falkland Islands War ended on June 14, 1982, with Gen. Mario Menendez's surrender of the Argentine forces to the British Maj. Gen. Jeremy Moore.

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True or false: The British government used the luxury ocean liner Queen Elizabeth as troop transport during the Falkland Islands War.

The British government used the Queen Elizabeth 2 as a troop transporter during Falkland Islands War. The Queen Elizabeth was used as a troop transporter during World War II.

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How many days after the end of the Falkland Islands War did Argentine Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri resign?

On June 17, 1982, just three days after the surrender of Argentine forces on the Falkland Islands, Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri resigned. Galtieri also served as the Argentine president at the time.

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