Awesome combat footage from the 1982 Falklands War shows Argentinean air force blowing up and sinking British HMS Sheffield with an Exocet anti-ship missile.
According to the British, the Exocet warhead did not detonate when it hit HMS Sheffield. The explosion seen in the video was allegedly caused by the ship itself and the remainder of the propellant. Argentinean sources however say that it did explode and because it hit the engines room, the ship was left without electric supply so the anti-fire system could not be activated.
According to Max Hastings’ The Battle for the Falklands, Argentineans only had 5 Exocet missiles available to them during the Falklands War. They were able to deliver considerable damage with them, hitting HMS Sheffield, Atlantic Conveyor and Glamorgan, but they only had 5 of them. Initially, Argentina was in a better position during the Falklands War but instead of supplying themselves with more Exocets before starting the war, they went for it with only 5. Several senseless moves and decisions turned the odds against them.
The attack on HMS Sheffield was carried out with French made Super Etendard fighter aircraft launched from Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego. Two French made Exocet missiles were fired – why one did not strike the ship is a mystery, but the other one hit the target and decommissioned the ship for good. There were 268 crew on HMS Sheffield at the time of the attack, a total of only 22 of them perished.
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