Saturday, 14 April 2012
The Falklands Task Force At Ascension.
The island of Ascension, situated in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, was occupied by the British in 1815 when they decided to exile the French dictator, Napoleon Bonaparte, whom they had defeated at the Battle of Waterloo, to the island of St. Helena. From 1816 it served as a Royal Navy establishment and on 20 October 1922 was made a dependency of St. Helena, the use of British stamps on the island being discontinued in December 1922 with the first stamps of Ascension, overprinted contemporary stamps of St. Helena, being issued on 2 November 1922. In 1982 the island played a significant role in the British campaign to liberate The Falklands when they had been occupied by Argentine armed forces.