Second Lieutenant Tom Martin was a Command Post Officer with 29 (Corunna) Field Battery RA which deployed to the South Atlantic in 1982 as part of the Task Force dispatched to retake the Falklands. With its six 105mm Light Guns making the journey on the MV Europic Ferry, the Battery sailed south on the MV Norland with 2 PARA, joining 3 Commando Brigade for the landings.
The five gun batteries of the Royal Artillery, totaling thirty light field guns, fired a tremendous number of shells on the Argentine forces. For its part, 29 (Corunna) Field Battery fired the first Fire Mission of the conflict – and continued to do so until the Argentinian surrender – in the most testing environment and against the odds.
Whilst in the South Atlantic, Martin sought to detail and record the action on the Battery’s gun position. Supported by the recollections of some of those he served alongside, Martin’s notes and diary entries form the basis of this book; a vivid, blow-by-blow account which provides a comprehensive picture of the Royal Artillery and its pivotal role in the Falklands War.
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Table of Contents
Glossary and Abbreviations 12
Battery History 18
Battery Composition 19
Chapter 1 The Build Up and Deployment to the Falklands 23
Chapter 2 Sailing South 31
Chapter 3 Orders 69
Chapter 4 War Diary 83
Chapter 5 Going Ashore 87
Chapter 6 'Air Raid Warning - Red' 113
Chapter 7 Sheep Stew in a Dustbin 123
Chapter 8 Bluff Cove position 141
Chapter 9 Wether Ground - The Last Position 161
Chapter 10 Surrender: The Immediate Aftermath 183
Chapter 11 The Return Home 235
Chapter 12 Epilogue 249
Appendix I Letters 255
Appendix II D+12,646: Falklands Revisited 2017 261