1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands

The Invasion of the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Invasión de las Islas Malvinas), code-named Operation Rosario, was a military operation launched by Argentine forces on 2 April 1982, to capture the Falkland Islands, and served as a catalyst for the subsequent Falklands War. The Argentines mounted amphibious landings and the invasion ended with the surrender of Falkland Government House.

Invasion of the Falkland Islands
Part of the Falklands War

Argentine naval infantry AAV in Stanley
Date2 April 1982 (1982-04-02)
Location51°41′30″S 57°52′22″W
Result Argentine victory
 United Kingdom  Argentina
Commanders and leaders
Governor Rex Hunt
Major Mike Norman
Major Gary Noott
Rear Admiral Carlos Büsser
Units involved
Argentine Navy
  • 57 Royal Marines
  • 11 armed sailors
  • 550 commandos
  • 80 frogmen
  • 20 AAV
Casualties and losses
107 captured
  • 1 killed
  • 6 wounded