The path not taken.
- Oct 9, 2009
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[PHOTO CREDIT: HISTORY WARS WEAPONS blog]
I was doing a bit of research on another topic, and came across some info on the Argentian TAM (Tanque Argentino Mediano) medium tank, which got me to thinking. After they had sized the islands, how come the Junta didn't ship at least a few of those tanks out there? Their forces there could have certainly done with the support. I know they thought at first that the UK would just fold, but they had enough time to realise their mistake before the exclusion zone really took hold and ship in a platoon, maybe two, even though the TAM hadn't fully entered service at the time.
Since the British Expeditionary Force was limited to light armor (Scorpions and Scimitars mostly), such a deployment might have given the Argentine defenders more of a fighting chance against the, overall much better trained and better equipped (for the most part), British forces.