On Friday, April 9, 1982, a British task force set sail for the Falkland Islands. Three months later, after a short but brutal campaign, it had successfully completed its mission of ejecting the Argentinean occupying forces from the islands.
With 3 Para to the Falklands is the full story of that dramatic struggle from the point of view of a sergeant in the Third Battalion, Parachute Regiment (3 Para). This elite battle group played a significant part in the campaign, marching from Port San Carlos to Port Stanley and fighting in one of its most crucial, yet often-neglected battles – the night assault on Mount Longdon.
Graham Colbeck was there every step of the way and his vivid account reveals the stark realities of fighting in this stubbornly contested conflict. His narrative brings to the fore the chilling nature of the combat, the challenge of the harsh conditions met on the Falklands, the training and techniques of an elite force, and the comradeship of troops in battle.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
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About the Author
GRAHAM COLBECK was one of the outstanding figures in the 3 Para during the Falklands Campaign of 1982. He served as a sergeant in the Milan Anti-tank Platoon and was one of the few people to have kept up a diary during the conflict. LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR HEW PIKE, KCB, DSO, MBE is a retired senior British Army officer known for his service in the Falklands War and for his command in Northern Ireland.
Table of Contents
List of Maps 6
List of Illustrations 7
Glossary and Abbreviations 9
Foreword Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike, KCB, DSO, MBE 15
1 Airborne 21
2 Spearhead 36
3 Voyage 47
4 Wideawake 54
5 Southward 65
6 Destination 86
7 Advance 96
8 Delay 108
9 Battle 122
10 Aftermath 176
11 Victory 195
12 Return 205
Killed in Action on Mount Longdon 209
Last Words Vernon Steen Lance-Corporal Denzil Connick Ailsa Heathman 214
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Someone gave me a paperback version of this book some years ago, and unlike other books by authors 'who were there', I found it a difficult read, and often boring. However, some of the photos are OK. Typically, like the authors of other such books, Colbeck has turned to a former senior officer to provide a forward, with the obvious intention of giving weight and authenticity to the title. I'm surprised the book was thought worthy of a reprint. There are many books covering the Falklands conflict, both general and at ground level. This is one to avoid at all costs.