Falklands 'at invasion risk'.
Files show that in 1975 Defence Secretary Roy Mason urged Prime Minister Harold Wilson to seek a "political solution" to the long-running dispute over the islands.
A Ministry of Defence briefing note from February 1975 warned that the problems of providing a force sufficient to defend the islands in the face of an invasion were "formidable".
While the garrison of 33 Royal Marines was considered sufficient to counter an "adventurist operation", a force of brigade group strength would be needed to repel a full-scale Argentinian invasion.
Although it was possible to send reinforcements by sea, the note said, such a move could provoke the Argentinians to mount an invasion before they could reach the islands.
Other options included mining the approaches to the capital Port Stanley, or stationing a nuclear-powered hunter-killer submarine off the islands as a deterrent to any invasion force.
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|Publication:||Birmingham Mail (England)|
|Date:||Dec 29, 2006|
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