Spearhead Assault: Blood, Guts And Glory On The Falklands Frontlines John Geddes

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Spearhead Assault: Blood, Guts And Glory On The Falklands Frontlines  by  John Geddes

Spearhead Assault: Blood, Guts And Glory On The Falklands Frontlines by John Geddes
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On May 21st, 1982, nearly four hundred soldiers from the 2cd Battalion Parachute Regiment under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert H Jones, landed with a British Task Force at San Carlos Bay on the Falklands. Their mission: to take theMoreOn May 21st, 1982, nearly four hundred soldiers from the 2cd Battalion Parachute Regiment under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert H Jones, landed with a British Task Force at San Carlos Bay on the Falklands.

Their mission: to take the strategic position at Goose Green where military intelligence reckoned there were a couple of hundred Argentine troops guarding an airstrip.The intelligence was wrong and when they attacked on May 27th, they were confronted by a 1,500-strong regiment of Argentine soldiers dug in with so much machine-gun ammunition they stood on the ammo boxes to keep their feet dry.

Some of the enemy soldiers were Special Forces- some were Guarani Indians, a proud warrior race- a few even were Welsh-speaking members of a community founded in Patagoina in the nineteenth century. What they had in common were two .50 calibre machine guns in every position. It was going to be a hard and dreadful fight.Fourteen hours later when the smoke had cleared on the most ferocious battle in post-war British history, nearly 250 Argentine soldiers were killed, scores more were wounded and another 1,300 had been captured.

Goose Green would cost 2 Para the lives of seventeen men, including H Jones, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in the action.This is a no-holds barred account of what it was really like to walk into the storm of lead the Argentines hurled at their attackers.



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