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How the RAF drew up plans to attack Argentina over the Falklands in 1982
The Telegraph ^ | 3/26/2012 | Thomas Harding

Posted on 03/27/2012 7:44:13 PM PDT by U-238

Vulcan bombers, designed for nuclear raids on Russia, trained night and day in Scotland and Canada for a low level attack hundreds of miles deep into Argentine sovereign territory, a new book has shown.

The news is likely to further strain the poor relations between Britain and Argentina that have been at their lowest since in the Falklands War in the lead up to the 30th anniversary of the invasion.

The plans were drawn up by Air Commodore Simon Baldwin, who was the wing commander in charge of the last remaining Vulcan squadron in 1982.

The officer "was left in no doubt at all that attacks against the Argentine mainland were now his squadron's raison d'être", the military historian Rowland White has written in an updated account of the acclaimed "Vulcan 607".

"Nothing formal is going to be written down. Just get on with it," Air Cdre Baldwin was told by a staff officer at the RAF No.1 Group, based in Britain.

The officer assembled his best crews, including the pilots from the successful Black Buck raids on Stanley airfield during the Falklands War.

They came up with plan to penetrate deep into enemy airspace and lay a string of bombs along the two runways of the main Argentine air force bases.

In the summer of 1982 the squadron of eight bombers began training sorties flying mock bombing runs low over RAF Leuchars and Vallley in Scotland.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: aerospace; argentina; falklandislands; falklandswar; raf; royalairforce

1 posted on 03/27/2012 7:44:21 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

As much oil as there is around those islands expect worse relations to come.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 7:47:10 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I agree.


3 posted on 03/27/2012 7:48:27 PM PDT by U-238
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: U-238

Bastards should have bombed for harboring Nazi War Criminals.


5 posted on 03/27/2012 7:49:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
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6 posted on 03/27/2012 7:52:25 PM PDT by U-238
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7 posted on 03/27/2012 7:54:49 PM PDT by U-238
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To: dfwgator

I hate to say it we did the same thing in Operation Paperclip


8 posted on 03/27/2012 7:56:17 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Yes, Paperclip brought many German scientists and technicians to the US. In fact, most of the WWII allies took a share of German scientists. The Argentinians, however, turned their country into a Club Med for escaped Nazis.


9 posted on 03/27/2012 8:00:37 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
The Argentinians, however, turned their country into a Club Med for escaped Nazis

You are correct. But Werhner Von Braun or a Reihard Gehlen were not an Eagle Scouts either.They had a very checkered pasts too.
10 posted on 03/27/2012 8:04:23 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

I am not denying that those two men, and others, had checkered pasts. All I am saying is that while the US, UK, and Russia swept-up a number of German scientists (a number of whom were not angels), Argentina became a retirement village to vast numbers of Nazis.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 8:09:40 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

I agree with you.


12 posted on 03/27/2012 8:10:43 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
The news is likely to further strain the poor relations...

Don't know why. The Argentinians started a war...they would have deserved what they got.

13 posted on 03/27/2012 8:11:19 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Bump


14 posted on 03/27/2012 8:12:06 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

D’accord.


15 posted on 03/27/2012 8:13:07 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Why did they do that


16 posted on 03/27/2012 8:23:06 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: reefdiver

Why did the Argentinians open their arms to so many Nazis? Is that what you are asking?


17 posted on 03/27/2012 8:27:10 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

they were impresssionable and didn’t understand the more evil aspects of NS phil. as preached by the race theorists.
plus the uniforms were most impressive. in Chile they used
German WWII helmets on parade during the gentle and enlightened rule of Gen Pinochet and his entourage...


18 posted on 03/27/2012 8:56:22 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: U-238

Wow. Those RAF Vulcans would have bombed Argentina’s beef industry to well done in a heartbeat.

Seems the Brits don’t forget not only who their enemies were, but their enemies’ enablers as well.

When I was stationed in Germany in the early 1980’s we were told that the British Army of the Rhine was there not only to keep an eye on the Soviets, but on the Germans as well.

And ask any Briton old enough to remember just what they still think of the Japanese. No PC, I assure you.


19 posted on 03/27/2012 9:01:39 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: elcid1970
Seems the Brits don’t forget not only who their enemies were, but their enemies’ enablers as well

They do not forget their long military history.
20 posted on 03/27/2012 9:07:00 PM PDT by U-238
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To: RitchieAprile
German WWII helmets on parade during the gentle and enlightened rule of Gen Pinochet and his entourage...

Because Chile would have been so much better off with Allende and his Soviet stooges. /s

21 posted on 03/27/2012 9:07:53 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: elcid1970

The Russkies do not forget their military past either.


22 posted on 03/27/2012 9:08:18 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

No, they just constantly revise it.


23 posted on 03/27/2012 9:16:03 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: edpc

Thats true.


24 posted on 03/27/2012 9:18:51 PM PDT by U-238
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To: dfwgator

That left a mark


25 posted on 03/27/2012 9:32:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: wardaddy

Pinochet provided Britain with valuable intelligence to help them fight the Argies.


26 posted on 03/27/2012 9:34:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Army Air Corps

$$$$$$$—nuff said?


27 posted on 03/27/2012 11:35:37 PM PDT by richardtavor
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To: RitchieAprile

The armies of both Chile & Argentina wore German helmets & uniforms since WW1. Both have expatriate German communities and following two world wars there was lots of surplus German accoutrements. I’ve seen pix of Chilean soldiers wearing the old spiked helmets and the steel helmets are everywhere in the footage of the Evita Peron funeral.

Fifty years ago, Afghanistan’s army wore German helmets & greatcoats. Go figure.


28 posted on 03/28/2012 5:15:30 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: richardtavor

That was one factor.


29 posted on 03/28/2012 6:15:26 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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