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By Nick van der Bijl, Paul Hannon

In early 1982 the declaration of the upcoming withdrawal of the Royal Navy's ice patrol send HMS patience caused the present army Junta in Buenos Aires to feel army seize of the Falklands will be allowed to be successful with out greater than token resistance. Such an experience was once beautiful as a distraction for the Argentine public at a time of political unease. at the evening of 0.5 April 1982, the Junta led by way of Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its movement. This interesting textual content by means of Nicholas van der Bijl examines the Argentine forces that battled for keep an eye on of this distant British outpost.

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The Lions of Asoka have now been added 2ND KING EDWARD'S OWN GURKHA RIFLES SIRMOOR RIFLES) (THE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles, badge worn since 1956 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, badge worn since 1959 Officer's pouch-belt badge, 8th Gurkha Rifles, 1911 Buttons, forage cap and field cap, 9th Gurkha Rifles, 1911. Crown now replaced by Lions of Asoka 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1949 Staff Band, current cap badge Gurkha Engineers, cap badge Gurkha Military Police, cap badge Gurkha Army Transport Corps cap badge Gurkha Signals cap badge On cap - The plume of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, in silver on a red boss.

Note the fairly tight breeches. The Gurkha officer carrying the truncheon h a s the rank insignia of a jemadar on his collar, and those on the left and right the crossed kukris of subadars. The havildar's stripes are not visible in this picture. (National Army M u s e u m ) * The 2nd Goorkhas wear a tunic, according to an amendment of July 1884. γ The 2nd Goorkhas wear a diced border and a bronze badge of ostrich feathers. 30 in front; the cuffs pointed; for Lieutenants, laced with one bar of gold lace, half an inch wide, up to a point, seven and a half inches in height; traced outside with gold Russia braid, finishing with an Austrian knot at top making it nine and a half inches high, and showing a light of 3 / 16 of an inch of scarlet cloth between the lace and the braid, also traced inside with gold Russia braid finishing down the cuff with crow's-foot and eye, showing light of 3 / 16 of an inch of the facing cloth between the lace and the braid.

The Gurkha officer carrying the truncheon h a s the rank insignia of a jemadar on his collar, and those on the left and right the crossed kukris of subadars. The havildar's stripes are not visible in this picture. (National Army M u s e u m ) * The 2nd Goorkhas wear a tunic, according to an amendment of July 1884. γ The 2nd Goorkhas wear a diced border and a bronze badge of ostrich feathers. 30 in front; the cuffs pointed; for Lieutenants, laced with one bar of gold lace, half an inch wide, up to a point, seven and a half inches in height; traced outside with gold Russia braid, finishing with an Austrian knot at top making it nine and a half inches high, and showing a light of 3 / 16 of an inch of scarlet cloth between the lace and the braid, also traced inside with gold Russia braid finishing down the cuff with crow's-foot and eye, showing light of 3 / 16 of an inch of the facing cloth between the lace and the braid.

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