On display, note that launched Falklands war

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It is curt, undiplomatic and written on a slightly crumpled piece of paper -- but it marked the beginnings of three of the most dramatic months in recent British history.

The note, dictated over the radio and ordering a group of Argentinians to leave the remote island of South Georgia at once, has now gone on show for the first time [at the National Army Museum in central London].

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the delivery of the note by Rex Hunt, the Governor of the Falkland Islands, to the leader of 50 men claiming to be scrap metal merchants who had raised the Argentinian flag and claimed South Georgia for their nation...

South Georgia was recaptured on April 25, 1982, by the British fleet. Argentina surrendered the Falklands on June 14, 1982.

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