The Falklands War began this day in 1982.

The Falklands War began when Argentine forces invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. The British government sent a naval task force to retake the islands. The Welsh Guards formed part of the Task Force and on 8th June they were on board the Sir Galahad, waiting to be landed at Bluff Cove, when they came under attack. Of those on board 48 were killed, 32 of whom were Welsh Guards. There were also many wounded, and many suffering from horrendous burns, the best known being Simon Weston.

Via the History of Wales