The British landed troops and equipment at San Carlos on East Falkland on May 21. They secured a beachhead there, but ships in the area were vulnerable to Argentinean air attack. Several were sunk or severely damaged at the cost of 22 Argentinean aircraft.
British land operations against the Argentineans on East Falkland started on May 27 with a successful assault on Darwin and Goose Green. Intense fighting left 7 British and 47 Argentinean dead, with 961 Argentineans taken prisoner. This British victory was to set the tone of the rest of the campaign.