Falklands 30 - On this day - April 21, 1982

Royal Navy reserves tuck into breakfast on Spinnaker Tower

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ON April 21, 1982, the British Task Force arrived off South Georgia and 16 Special Air Service troops were landed on a glacier by a Wessex 3 helicopter from HMS Antrim.

Although there were misgivings about the SAS plan, Mountain Troop was put down safely on Fortuna Glacier in appalling weather conditions.

The men were forced to camp out overnight on the glacier as a severe blizzard set in. The following day, almost frost-bitten, the SAS had to be evacuated from the glacier in a daring rescue by Antrim’s helicopter crews. One aircraft crashed but the crew escaped.

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