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Victory was assured after British forces mounted a concerted attack on the high ground around the town of Stanley – the last line of Argentine defense.
Under sustained and deadly fire, Argentina’s beleaguered troops began to throw down their weapons.
The onus now fell on Brigade General Mario Menendez, the de facto governor of the Falkland Islands.
Realizing that the game was up, he radioed his President, Leopoldo Galtieri, for advice. It wasn’t the conversation he had hoped for. He was labeled a coward, ordered to launch a counter-attack, and reminded that Argentine commanders were compelled to fight until they were down to fewer than half their men.
But Menendez realized his troops had nothing left to give.
On the morning of June 14 he made contact with SAS commander Michael Rose and invited him for talks at Government House in the centre of Stanley.
A large white flag was attached to a Royal Navy helicopter and Rose flew in, accompanied by a Spanish-speaking Royal Marine and a signaler.
Both Menendez and Rose agreed that the war’s endgame could not be house-to-house fighting – there were too many civilian lives in the balance.
After six hours of negotiation, Menendez agreed to a conditional surrender, and the guns fell silent.
For the first time since 1945, Britain had a clear-cut military triumph to celebrate.