Britain was coming to terms with the deaths of 48 servicemen killed in an Argentine air attack on two supply ships.
Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram were anchored off Fitzroy, near Bluff Cove, when they were bombed in a surprise raid by five Argentine Skyhawks. Sir Galahad burst into flames instantly.
The ships had almost completed an operation to move support troops of the Fifth Infantry Brigade from San Carlos to join forces advancing on Port Stanley.
The men on board, many from the Welsh guards, were helpless as they were pounded.