all the "sources" presented here claim that it was nothing more than the particular opinion of an individual, not a general perception of the British military
Actually British Military Headquarters underestimated the Argentinians in the forthcoming Special Forces patrol battles that would takes place on the slopes of Mounts Simon & Kent, that would've resulted in the serious loss of British Sea King helicopters & Royal Marine Commandos tasked with taking Kent possibly costing Britain the war in the process, had Brigadier Julian Thompson not ignored Northwood:
(http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/ke ... -1-1272106 Key battles at Top Malo and Mount Kent)Top brass 8,000 miles away in Northwood, impatient for victories, questioned the need to use up valuable time on reconnaissance. But it was just as well the commanders on the ground dug their heels in, because when the SAS did go in they quickly realised that strong enemy patrols were operating in the area.
Major General Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade, wrote later that without the friendly special forces' presence around the landing zone, the Argentine patrols 'would have had a turkey shoot on the vulnerable helicopters and the troops as they jumped out, temporarily disorientated in the darkness; the operation would have been a disaster.'
Major Jose Ricardo Spadaro (standing, without cap), Italo-Argentinian commander of the 65-strong 601st National Gendarmerie Special Forces Squadron that suffered six KIAs on 30 May (shot down in a Puma) in the Argentinian attempt to derail the British advance on Kent http://malvinas25.rssing.com/chan-6101334/all_p2.html.
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Major-General Mario Luis Castagneto, Italo-Argentinian commander (Major) of the 64-strong 601st Commando Company, with cap in hand in the post-war years. In the middle is Colonel Horacio Fernando Lauria, a Spanish-Argentinian officer with the rank of Lieutenant in the 602nd Commmando Company. Lieutenant Lauria as part of Captain Ferrero's patrol destroyed with a rifle-grenade a GPMG team from Lieutenant Stewart's 3rd Troop on the night of 9/10 June.
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