By Jon Cooksey
June 1982, and in the course of a South Atlantic iciness, the Falklands struggle is at its top. The Parachute Regiment has already been in motion - 2 Para securing a troublesome fought victory at Darwin-Goose eco-friendly at a heavy cost in killed and wounded together with their CO, Lieutenant Colonel 'H' Jones, later offered a posthumous VC.
Now, weeks later, as they appear up on the lengthy, frost shattered spines of rock which stab the air from the summit of Mount Longdon at the outer ring of the Stanley defences, the 'toms' of three Para are aware of it is their flip. As they arrange to attack their targets - positive aspects code named 'wing forward', 'fly part' and 'full back'- the lads of three Para recognize they're in for a struggle. prior to 'zero' a few of them are easily instructed to hope.
This, the 1st in a brand new sequence on distinctive Operations, tells the tale of three Para and the often-neglected fight for Mount Longdon. It used to be a conflict which established the self-discipline, comradeship and professionalism of the paras to the restrict; it was once a conflict which witnessed one other posthumous VC; it became out to be the bloodiest conflict of the total Falklands crusade.
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3 PARA - MOUNT LONGDON - THE BLOODIEST BATTLE by Jon Cooksey