Anniversary of the Loss of HMS Antelope
This is the apocalyptic sight sailors, soldiers and Royal Marines in San Carlos Bay woke up to on May 24 1982: HMS Antelope torn apart by internal explosions.
In scenes reminiscent of Jutland seven decades earlier, the frigate was torn in two as her magazines detonated, the result of an unexploded Argentine bomb being triggered as bomb disposal experts tried to render it safe.
The previous day, the Type 21 had come under ferocious Argentine air attack as she stood guard at the entrance to San Carlos – focal point of British efforts to liberate the Falklands.
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