The Falklands War started on 2 April 1982 when Argentinian troops occupied the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. In response to this occupation, the United Kingdom sent a special task force to the Falklands to reconquer it from the Argentinians. South Georgia was reconquered without much battle, but in June 1982 heavy battle took place on the Falkland Islands. In addition many ships were attacked, resulting in many lives lost. The Falklands War ended on 20 June 1982 when the remaining Argentinian troops on the islands surrendered. 258 British died (255 British military personnel and 3 Falkland islanders) and 649 Argentine military personnel (323 of which lost their lives when the Argentinian light cruiser “ARA General Belgrano” was sunk). Argentina still claims the islands.