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By Jeffrey Ethell, Alfred Price

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The trial revealed no serious tactical shortcomings, so Colombo judged his unit ready for combat. On 19 April the first two Super Etendards took off from Espora for Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego, on the southern tip of Argentina, their operational base if it came to an armed conflict with Britain over the Falklands. While the 2nd Escuadrilla was preparing for action, other naval pilots were giving instruction to the Air Force fighterbomber units on oversea operations. 'We had two weeks to give them a crash course in how to attack ships, and after the fighting started we gave them tactical advice after they made errors.

Thai meant valuable information on setting up the system would not be received, nor could we count on the experience and knowledge of those who had designed and built it. The other French technicians at Bahia Blanca at the beginning of the war [a small team from Dassault which manufactured the aircraft] were of no help in getting the Exocet ready/ At Naval Air Base Espora near Bahia Blanca, where the 2nd uadrilla was based, Argentine technicians and engineers strove alone to master the intricacies of Exocet and the associated computer system; even the instructional manuals existed only in April 1 French.

M. on that Saturday morning, will ever forget it. Artist Tony Chater was in bed with his wife Ann at their home in the centre of the town when the bombs detonated: I was half awake at the time and the whole house shook. It was as though there had been an earthquake, then we heard the "boomboomboomboom'' Nobody local time 4 bombs going ofT, very muffled. ' To theChaters, as to many of the Falklanders within earshot, the sound of the of the explosions gave a tremendous moral jubilation in Stanley.

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