Issue Date: 25/05/2007
Issue Name: Falklands Conflict: Falklands Tribute with Ascension Island Stamps
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Our 25th Anniversary of the Falklands Conflict cover has been paired with a set of four Ascension Island 25th Anniversary stamps. The covers are postmarked at Ascension Island on 25th May 2007, the stamps first day of issue. The cover is available signed by Admiral Sir Michael Layard KCB CBE.
On the morning of the 14th June 1982, Menedez had over 10,000 troops and still outnumbered the British by two-to-one. But on the other hand all the high ground had been lost and he was short of ammunition and food and was reluctant to see a blood bath in Staley. At 8.30 he decided to contact General Galtieri about accepting United Nations Resolution 502 of the 2nd April, which called for Argentina to withdraw from the Falklands. The British position was made perfectly clear to him. We wanted fighting to stop on humanitarian grounds. We had no desire to destroy the Argentinean forces. He agreed to talk and the British team lead by Lieutenant Colonel Mike Rose of the SAS negitotiated the terms.
Major General Sir Jeremy Moore, dressed in combat kit with a tear in his trousers, his face dirty, tired and strained, signed the surrender document. He look what he was, a fighting general who had won. The Argentianians had cleaned themselves up, which was an obvious mistake when the film footage was viewed back in Argentina.
The final surrender came on the 20th June when South Sandwich Islands surrendered and Britain formally declared an end to hostilities. The 14th then was the completion of the land force battle and the surrender of Argentinean forces in the Islands, but not any kind of surrender by Argentina itself. They never officially started a war, so they never stopped either. The situation now remains much the same as it was on the 15th June 1982.
Sir Rex Hunt returned to Stanley on the 25th June. It was pouring with rain, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of his welcome from the Islanders.