The Falkland War and the UK Forces Term Paper

Looks at the British approach to joint operations of UK troops in Operation Corporate during the Falkland War.
# 150422 | 4,730 words | 17 sources | MLA | 2010 | GB
Published on Feb 16, 2012 in History (British) , History (Latin America) , Military (Military History)

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This paper first examines joint operations before the Falklands War in conflicts such as the Second World War and the Korean War and then joint operations specifically during the Falklands conflict especially major problems at the command level. Arguing that the Falklands War was entirely different from what the forces had been trained and underscoring improvisation and logistical operations as being key to the overall success of the mission, the author contends that the conflict can be seen as both an Argentinean failing and a British victory. The paper concludes that the main reason for the success of the British intervention and that the legacy from the Falklands War is the joint operations of a small force that can be quickly mobilised

Table of Contents:
Before the Falklands
Joint Context in the Falklands, Solutions to Problems
The Failings of the Joint Approach
British Success or Argentine Failure?
Lessons from the Falklands - the Changing Nature Of Modern Warfare

From the Paper:

"With the decision from Thatcher to go to war in the Falklands there were significant questions raised as to how the operation would be carried out. With the exception of Nott, the majority of the defence advisors had suggested that military operations in the Falklands could be near suicidal, given the current state of the navy. However, well aware that the future of his service (the navy) depended on its ability to prove itself once again, Nott argued strongly that an intervention was possible were it coordinated effectively and were it daring enough to meet the undoubted challenges that such an operation would bring.
"If one examines the nature of the Falklands conflict then one can see the need for considerable operational coordination. When the force set off it had no place in which to land and was therefore immediately reliant on the Navy for its base. However, in order to supply this base there was also a need for strong air support, primarily provided by the Fleet Air Arm and therefore linked to the Navy, but this was also linked to the Royal Air Force, with several missions being flown direct from the UK, making use of relatively new air refueling technology."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, Duncan. "The Falklands War 1982." Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2002.
  • Badsey, Stephen. Havers, Rob. Grove, Mark. "The Falklands War: Twenty Years On." Abingdon: Frank Cass Publishers, 2005.
  • Bailey. J and. Benest. D. "The Development of Joint Doctrine since the Falklands Conflict". in D. Badsey, et al. "The Falklands War: Twenty Years On." Abingdon: Frank Cass Publishers, 2005.
  • Barash, David and Webel, Charles. "Peace and Conflict Studies." London: SAGE, 2008.
  • Dockrill, M. "British Defence Since 1945." Oxford: Blackwell, 1988.

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