Friday, 19 March — Scrap metal workers arrive at the derelict whaling station at Leith on South Georgia and raise the flag of Argentina.
Sunday, 21 March — Endurance, at Stanley, sails for South Georgia with two helicopters and a Royal Marines detachment.
Monday, 22 March — The Bahia Buen Suceso leaves Leith Harbour; forty-eight scrap metal workers remain behind.
Wednesday, 24 March — Royal Marines detachment from Endurance lands to monitor Argentine activity at Leith.
Thursday, 25 March — Argentine marines land at Leith from Bahia Paraiso.
Monday, 29 March — Replacement Naval Party 8901 arrives in Stanley.
Wednesday, 31 March — Royal Marines detachment disembarks from Endurance at Grytviken.
Thursday, 1 April — Naval Party 8901 for the 1981–82 deployment passed operational command to the new Royal Marines detachment; both take up defensive positions in and around Stanley; submarine Splendid leaves from Faslane; orders given for the SBS to mobilise.
Friday, 2 April — Argentine invasion of the Falklands begins; after brief resistance Governor Rex Hunt surrenders; the UN condemns the act with Resolution 502; Task Force begins to assemble.
Saturday, 3 April — Royal Marines at Grytviken, outnumbered and outgunned, surrender; NP 8901 is flown to Montevideo for repatriation.
Sunday, 4 April — Brigadier Thompson briefs his COs at Plymouth; Submarine Conqueror leaves Faslane.
Monday, 5 April — Task Force sails from Portsmouth with HQ 3 Commando Brigade and elements of 40 and 42 Commando; Naval Party 8901 arrives back in the UK.
Tuesday, 6 April — Naval Party 1222, intended for the island’s defence, arrival at Ascension.
Thursday, 8 April — Broadsword and Yarmouth depart from Gibraltar.
Friday, 9 April — Canberra departs from Portsmouth carrying 3 Para and most of 40 and 42 Commandos.
Saturday, 10 April — Antrim Group arrives at Ascension.
Sunday, 11 April — Antrim Group sails for South Georgia from Ascension with M Coy 42 Cdo aboard.
Monday, 12 April — UK imposes 200-mile Maritime Exclusion Zone around the Falklands.
Wednesday, 14 April — Brilliant Group leaves Ascension; Rear Admiral Woodward departs from Ascension aboard Glamorgan, with Alacrity, Broadsword and Yarmouth.
Friday, 16 April — Task Force sails from Ascension; Hermes arrives at Ascension; Invincible leaves Ascension; Woodward discusses campaign strategy with Clapp and Thompson aboard Fearless.
Saturday, 17 April — Admiral Fieldhouse, C-in-C Fleet and Major General Moore, Land Forces Commander, fly to Ascension to meet Woodward, Thompson and Clapp aboard Hermes.
Sunday, 18 April — Carrier Battle Group leaves Ascension: Hermes, Invincible, Glamorgan, Broadsword, Yarmouth, Alacrity and RFA Olmeda and Resource.
Tuesday, 20 April — Canberra and Elk arrive at Ascension; Royal Marines captured at South Georgia arrive in the UK.
Wednesday, 21 April — SBS and SAS teams inserted by helicopter on to South Georgia.
Thursday, 22 April — SAS team rescued from Fortuna Glacier; two Wessex crash.
Friday, 23 April — M Coy 42 Commando lands on South Georgia.
Sunday, 25 April — Intrepid, Atlantic Conveyor, and Europic Ferry depart from the UK; Carrier Battle Group joins with Sheffield group.
Monday, 26 April — Argentine forces on South Georgia surrender.
Tuesday, 27 April — Cabinet in London gives approval for Operation Sutton; Norland and Sir Bedivere depart from the UK.
Wednesday, 28 April — UK declares 200-mile Total Exclusion Zone, now including aircraft and ships of all nations; hospital ship Uganda arrives at Ascension.
Thursday, 29 April — Uganda departs from Ascension.
Friday, 30 April — UK begins enforcing the Total Exclusion Zone; main Task Group arrives in TEZ.
Saturday, 1 May — Vulcan bomber attacks Stanley airport; Sea Harriers also conduct attacks; naval bombardments commence of the same area; SAS and SBS patrol inserted on East and West Falklands; UK government requisitions RMS Queen Elizabeth II.
Sunday, 2 May — Conqueror sinks the cruiser General Belgrano.
Tuesday, 4 May — Black Bluck 2 raid against Stanley airport; Sheffield struck by Exocet missile; Sea Harrier shot down over Goose Green.
Wednesday, 5 May — Eight RAF Harriers arrive at Ascension.
Thursday, 6 May — Argonaut group leaves Ascension; 2 Para arrives at Ascension.
Friday, 7 May — Norland arrives at Ascension; most of Amphibious Group departs.
Saturday, 8 May — First of refuelled air drops flown to the Task Force.
Monday, 10 May — Sheffield, heavily damaged six days previously, sinks while under tow; Bristol group leaves UK; Nimrods begin work in support of the Task Force.
Wednesday, 12 May — Queen Elizabeth II departs from Southampton with most of 5 Infantry Brigade aboard; Glasgow damaged by Argentine aircraft; Cardiff leaves Gibraltar; 3 Commando Brigade HQ issues Operational Order for the landings in San Carlos Water.
Friday, 14–Saturday 15 May — SAS raid against airstrip at Pebble Island.
Wednesday, 19 May — Cabinet gives approval for amphibious landings; Sea King carrying SAS crashes into the sea during cross-decking.
Thursday, 20 May — Sea King lands in Chile; crew turn themselves in to authorities and are repatriated.
Friday, 21 May — 3 Commando Brigade executes landings in San Carlos Water; Ardent sunk.
Saturday, 22 May — 3 Commando Brigade all ashore; Brigade Maintenance Area established at Ajax Bay.
Sunday, 23 May — Antelope sunk.
Monday, 24 May — Sir Galahad, Sir Lancelot and Sir Tristram are bombed in San Carlos Water, but the bombs fail to explode in all cases.
Tuesday, 25 May — Coventry and Atlantic Conveyor hit by Exocet missiles, the former sinking.
Wednesday, 26 May — 2 Para leaves Sussex Mountain for advance on Goose Green.
Thursday, 27 May — 3 Para and 45 Cdo tab and yomp, respectively, from San Carlos Water; SAS patrol flies to Mount Kent; Queen Elizabeth II, Canberra and Norland rendezvous at South Georgia; 5 Infantry Brigade begins cross-decking on to troopships.
Friday, 28 May — 2 Para engages Argentine defenders at Darwin and Goose Green.
Saturday, 29 May — Major Keeble accepts Argentine surrender of 1,100 troops at Goose Green; Atlantic Conveyor sinks under tow.
Sunday, 30 May — Moore arrives off the Falklands.
Monday, 31 May — 42 Commando move by air to Mount Kent; Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre defeat Argentine troops at Top Malo House; 3 Para arrives at Douglas settlement; 45 Commando arrives at Teal Inlet settlement.
Tuesday, 1 June — Black Buck 5 raid strikes radar position in Stanley; 5 Infantry Brigade begin disembarking in San Carlos Water; 3 Commando Brigade forward base established at Teal Inlet; in preparation for major engagements, 3 Para and 42 and 45 Commandos begin patrolling areas in vicinity of planned objectives.
Wednesday, 2 June — 2 Para fly to Bluff Cove.
Thursday, 3 June — Black Buck 6 raid conducted against runway at Stanley.
Saturday, 5 June — Scots Guards embark in Sir Tristram for Bluff Cove.
Sunday, 6 June — Welsh Guards embark in Fearless for Fitzroy but the ship is ordered not to sail; Scots Guards land at Bluff Cove; 5 Infantry Brigade establishes forward base there.
Tuesday, 8 June — Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram hit by bombs in Port Pleasant; LCU Foxtrot Four sunk by Argentine aircraft in Choiseul Sound; Plymouth damaged by unexploded bomb; Moore explains plans for offensive against Stanley.
Friday, 11 June — Major assaults on the outer ring of Argentine defences around Stanley: 42 Cdo at Mount Harriet, 3 Para at Mount Longdon, and 45 Cdo at Two Sisters.
Saturday, 12 June — By sunrise all attacks have succeeded; Glamorgan struck by land-based Exocet missile; Black Buck 7 Raid conducted against radar installation at Stanley.
Sunday, 13 June — 2 Para attack Wireless Ridge; Scots Guards attack Mount Longdon; 1/7 Gurkhas occupy Mount William.
Monday, 14 June — By early morning all assaults successful; Argentine forces surrender.