Sinking of the Belgrano

HMS Conqueror fired torpedoes to sink one of the biggest battleships in the Argentine Navy. It caused considerable loss of life and caused some political difficulties for the British as the ship appeared to be outside the self declared 200 mile Exclusion Zone. It was argued that the Belgrano offered a clear threat to the Task Force and that that threat had to be neutralised. In reality, it lead to the emasculation of the Argentine Navy - and it mainly stayed in port for the duration of the war.

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