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    The Argentine navy planned to attack the Task Force from both the north and south with the carrier attacking from the north and the Belgrano attacking from the south. But what if either the positions were reversed or Conqueror's patrol were different and Conqueror intercepts the carrier group. The carrier was like Belgrano escorted by two destroyers.

    Would it have been more difficult for Belgrano to sink the carrier and assuming she did how different would the politics have been?

    I can imagine Dalyell would have been foaming at the mouth.
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    Originally posted by Surrey View Post
    The Argentine navy planned to attack the Task Force from both the north and south with the carrier attacking from the north and the Belgrano attacking from the south. But what if either the positions were reversed or Conqueror's patrol were different and Conqueror intercepts the carrier group. The carrier was like Belgrano escorted by two destroyers.

    Would it have been more difficult for Belgrano to sink the carrier and assuming she did how different would the politics have been?

    I can imagine Dalyell would have been foaming at the mouth.
    According to Sandy Woodward, a second RN nuclear boat, Spartan, was searching for the carrier, and Woodward states that he would have requested that both the carrier & the cruiser be destroyed, as he considered the potential threat to his Task Force too great to leave them unmolested.

    In the event, Belgrano was torpedoed before Spartan had located Veinticinco de Mayo, and the carrier (wisely) was recalled to port immediately.

    I suspect Tam Dalyell never forgave the British for winning, hence his annoyance about Belgrano.

    A very principled man, he claimed 18000 on M.Ps expenses for three bookcases purchased shortly before he retired from Parliament. In the wake of the House of Commons expenses scandal, he actually received just over 7000, which in the opinion of a humble peasant such as myself was still just over 7000 too much for furniture bought for private use.

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