Sinking the Belgrano – Justified Attack or War Crime?

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of the ARA General Belgrano during the Falklands War

Defence of the Realm


They say it took British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher just a few minutes to decide to sink the Argentine Navy cruiser ARA General Belgrano. Yet she would spend the next thirty years up to her death defending that decision. In May 1982 the Royal Navy was on the verge of its first major naval engagement since the Second World War as the British Taskforce sailed to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentina. Facing them was the Argentine Navy who were both professional servicemen and fighting in a conflict they passionately believed in bordering on the fanatical. One thing was certain; regardless of who would win the battle the losses on both sides would be horrendous. At 1557hrs Falklands time on May 2nd two torpedoes slammed in to the hull of the Belgrano having been fired by the British submarine HMS Conqueror. The explosion and subsequent sinking would claim the lives…

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