This marks the 30th anniversary of the ceasefire between Argentine and British forces, as well as the surrender the same day of the Argentine garrison, which ended the 74 day Falklands War. The unpopular military junta running Argentina had concluded the British would have no interest in defending the sparsely populated archipelago 250 miles from the Argentine mainland. This turned out to be untrue, and rather than consolidating the junta's power, the failure led to its overthrown and a return to democratic government. During the 74 day war, nearly 1,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen on both sides were killed. The largest loss of life occurred when a British nuclear submarine sank the ARA General Belgrano and over 300 died (fortunately 700 were rescued from the cold South Atlantic waters). Before it was sold by the USA to Argentina in the 1950s, this cruiser had been known as the USS Phoenix. It had been stationed at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and saw extensive action against the Japanese during World War 2. The war was watched with great interest around the world. In addition to ground combat, modern technologies were employed by both sides. The British used their Harrier "Jump" jets, which could take off vertically. The Argentines terrified the British with their French-made Exocet (flying fish) missiles, which sank the HMS Sheffield. The French were kind enough to provide the British with codes to the missiles' guidance systems. (Lesson: Don't buy weapons from the French) Although their intrepid forces prevailed against the conscript Argentine army, the British made things difficult for themselves. The British announcement that they would not attack the Argentine mainland allowed the Argentines to relocate their few SAM batteries to the Falklands. Perhaps more significant was the reporting by the BBC of a British defense official's disclosure that bombs dropped by Argentine jets on British ships were failing to explode. To avoid British anti-aircraft defenses, the Argentine pilots had been releasing the bombs from low altitudes. The bombs' fuses had insufficient time to arm, and the damage was much less than it would have been under normal operation. Confirmation of this by the BBC permitted the Argentine air force to revamp the fuse technology. A British officer later remarked that if six more fuses had been good they would have lost the war. Argentina has refused to accept British offers to return the bodies of Argentine casualties from their places of interment on the Falklands.