A Collection of South Atlantic Medals

Date of Auction: 16th July 2020

Sold for £550

Estimate: £460 - £550

South Atlantic 1982, with rosette (WEM(O)2 P A Lee D184416U HMS Intrepid) nearly extremely fine £460-£550


H.M.S. Intrepid, an amphibious assault ship launched in 1964, was undergoing decommissioning at the time of the outbreak of the Falklands War, and had been due to be sold to the Argentine Navy. She was hastily brought back into commission, and served during the Falklands War under the command of Captain P. Dingemans. She came under attack in San Carlos Water on 25 May, and was the main participant in the landings at Bluff Cove on 6 June. She was later used to house Argentinean prisoners-of-war. The surrender ending the war was signed on her deck.