The 1982 conflict between Great Britain and Argentina was the first time that a Nato power, other than the United States, tested itself in combat since France had lost the Algerian war twenty years before. The campaign in the South Atlantic involved predominantly sea power-the element of military might in which the Soviet Union had been investing vigorously.
"The Soviet Union and the Falklands War,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 36
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol36/iss3/6