Falklands 30 - On this day - April 17, 1982

British military dog Mali who has received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross with his current handler Corporal Daniel Hatley

NATIONAL: Mali the dog gets top military honour

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ON April 17 1982, naval commander-in-chief Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse chaired a conference at the British South Atlantic dependency of Ascension Island to set out detailed plans for retaking the Falkland Islands by force.

The plan for the war, code-named Operation Corporate, was drawn up with the naval Task Force commander Admiral Sandy Woodward and 3 Commando Brigade commander Brigadier Julian Thompson. The main Task Force had started sailing south from Ascension Island. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig presented the Argentine junta with five-point peace plan which was debated by Argentine service councils.