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    In a pincer movement against the British fleet, the Argentine battleship ARA General Belgrano was sunk. But the Argentine battle group still possessed an Aircraft Carrier, three heavy cruisers and two Exocit missle destroyers.

    The Belgrano was an old WWII crusier, the other ships were fairly modern

    Why did they withdrawal, they still seemed to have a reasonable chance at success.

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    Originally posted by ITALICA ONE View Post
    In a pincer movement against the British fleet, the Argentine battleship ARA General Belgrano was sunk. But the Argentine battle group still possessed an Aircraft Carrier, three heavy cruisers and two Exocit missle destroyers.

    The Belgrano was an old WWII crusier, the other ships were fairly modern

    Why did they withdrawal, they still seemed to have a reasonable chance at success.
    They withdrew because they would have been sunk if they continued. Conqueror had plenty of torpedoes left...
    "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ITALICA ONE View Post
      In a pincer movement against the British fleet, the Argentine battleship ARA General Belgrano was sunk. But the Argentine battle group still possessed an Aircraft Carrier, three heavy cruisers and two Exocit missle destroyers.

      The Belgrano was an old WWII crusier, the other ships were fairly modern

      Why did they withdrawal, they still seemed to have a reasonable chance at success.
      Hello,
      I think, and believe after some inquiries, that the Belgrano was the Argies masterpiece, to serve aboard the Belgrano was considered as an honour, and to see her sunk before the battle has really began was a direct blow to their confidence. The british fleet was at a time the queen of all the oceans and even by 1982 it still an very dangerous foe.
      Mess with the best , die like the rest.
      The loss of their fleet's pride was enough for Argentinians.
      Corsair
      The day not half over and ten thousand slain
      and now there's nobody remembers our names
      and that's how it is for a soldier
      Lemmy Kilmister in 1916

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Surrey View Post
        They withdrew because they would have been sunk if they continued. Conqueror had plenty of torpedoes left...
        Well actually it was HMS Spartan that was tasked with sinking the ARA Veinticinco de Mayo, but yes, it would have been sunk sooner or later had it stick around. After the Belgrano was sunk the Argies knew that they were not safe at sea. So they hid in their ports.
        A wild liberal appears! Conservative uses logical reasoning and empirical evidence! It's super effective! Wild liberal faints.

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