Battle for the Falklands: Land Forces by Will Fowler, Mike Chappell

By Will Fowler, Mike Chappell

At the evening of 1–2 April 1982, the Argentinian Junta led through Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri made its stream opposed to the Falkland Islands. On three April British top Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher confronted an appalled and livid condo of Commons to announce that Argentine militia had landed on British sovereign territory; had captured the lads of Royal Marine detachment NP8901; had run up the Argentine flag at executive residence; and had declared the islands and their inhabitants to be Argentine. This soaking up textual content through William Fowler information the land forces that contested the Falklands conflict.

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While the Gurkhas were moving across their start line the Welsh Guards were advancing in the south, and here they ran into minefields laid to cover this axis, two Marines having their feet blown off. It was slow work feeling a way forward through the minefield in the dark; an RA sergeant working as assistant to the battery commander attached to 1 WG said later that he had never in his life followed so closely in the footsteps of his BC. By dawn the Gurkhas were on Mt. William, and to the north 2 Para were on Wireless Ridge.

Although there was to be no unusual artillery preparation, and the attack was to go in as silently as possible in the initial stages, there was considerable gunfire support laid on for the subsequent stages. Five batteries of 29 Cdo. Regt. , and Arrow for an SAS squadron making a simultaneous assault on Murrel Heights. Regt. RA co-ordinated the fire support, and had an 'on call' list of 47 27 killed and 13 wounded. During this series of attacks some Argentine soldiers came in to surrender from adjoining positions not under direct attack; the sight of the incoming fire, and the prospect of a similar fate sooner or later, were apparently sufficient to overcome the inadequate leadership of their officers and NCOs and the poor motivation of these conscripted defenders of the 'Malvinas'.

Note attacking well-prepared Argentine infantry ranking on DPM chest tab. , serving alongside the three Royal Marine Commandos wear the cap badge of their parent service or organisation on the green beret which signifies success in the Commando course. The Marines have Royal Navy doctors; and one, Surgeon Commander 'Rick' Jolly RN, became a widely-known 'face' after he had appeared in front of an audience of millions on the TV screen, being interviewed outside the derelict refrigeration plant at Ajax Bay in which the medical team were forced to carry out more than 100 major operations in the days and nights following the landings.

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