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Battle Day
Falkland Islands

Battle Day 2018 and 2019

Every 8 December is Battle Day in Falkland Islands. This public holiday commemorates an important World War I era naval battle that took place just off the coast of the Falklands in 1914.

YearDateDayHoliday
20188 DecSatBattle Day
10 DecMonBattle Day Holiday
20198 DecSunBattle Day
9 DecMonBattle Day Holiday

After a defeat by the German navy in the Battle of Coronel, new British ships arrived in the Falklands area and successfully defeated the Germans at the Battle of the Falkland Islands. The British prevailed despite their naval force being quite small, and the victory helped secure control over the South Atlantic for the duration of the war.

In 1927, the film The Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands was released to enshrine these naval battles in the collective memory via the silver screen. In 2014, the old film was restored and released once again.

On Battle Day in Falkland Islands, there is a parade and an official fly-over by the Royal Air Force. The main gathering point is at a memorial to the battle located just west of Government House, where a commemorative service takes place.

In the UK, there is also a commemorative event at the Cenotaph building in London put on by the Falkland Islands Association.

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