We’ve written extensively about the 1982 war in the Falklands between Argentina and Great Britain.
But that was hardly the first time war had visited those waters. In a repost of one of his excellent FullBore Friday series, CDR Salamander tells the tale of the Battle of the Falklands that took place in 1914.
Time for Part 2 … of 3 of the story of Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee’ glorious and beautiful, but doomed fleet. It is time for a classic story of revenge at sea: The Battle of the Falkland Islands, 8 December 1914. I like to pay a lot of attention to HMS Canopus. If you review Part 1, you will see how you could dismiss this old ship full of Reservists; but it that what a leader does? No, a leader finds a way to make every bit of kit count.
Go read the whole thing. There was a time when the Royal Navy wasn’t just better than any other navy, it was better than ALL other navies. And that’s a lesson our lawmakers might want to remember.