i will post more photos when i get the chance.
photos from a trip to the Falklands Jun/July
Mine field to the West of London, not far from B Coy 3 PARA's start line.
3 PARA's RAP position at the base of the rocky outcrops on the ascent on the NW edge.
View of SGT McKay VC cross and the cross on the summit. Sgt McKay VC memeorial is on a slightly Northern side of Longdon. this position where he is supposed to have fallen is disputed and is thought now, to be further on round.
Argentine position on the western edge looking down to the base and across to 3 PARA's startline which is in the middle distance.
on the summit looking slightly NE towards the first "bowl". there is an Argentine sniper position under the "plinth" outcrop to the left. 3 paras attack was held up here by one sniper until he was neutralized.
on the summit. Tumbledown is behind hidden by the low cloud. talk from Graham heaton who was a section commander with B coy that night. he was shot twice in the tib and fib by a MG not far from this spot. he had to have his leg amputated above the knee. pulled no punches with his description of that night. the guy in the maroon and blue hat is jon cooksey a military historian who has written several books on the falklands.
105 recoiless rifle on the summit. looking across to tumbledown in the distance.
the modern day B Coy 3 PARA on the summit of Longdon, 30yrs since the Coy was there on that dark night in 82.
3 Para's memorial on Longdon. a rose for every life lost in the battle and a cracked granite block to signify the Bn's losses that night. 3 were 17 yrs old. one of them was to be 18 on the 12th of june (the attack started on the 11th.)
the final position, codenamed "fullback" can be seen in the distance. (rocky outcrop on the horizon).
DARWIN and GOOSE GREEN.
Argentine trench looking North at 2 Para's FS position which was on the high feature across the water. the 2 PARA start line was about 1km away to the right of the picture
looking into the "gorse gully" where A Coy 2 para were held up on the assault onto the argentine positions. Darwin water is in the background. the Argentine positions were beyond the bottom right hand corner of the picture. some of the postions are really close but you cannot see them or from them into the gully due to the convex nature of the close country.
The shearing sheds at Goose Green. they still bear the POW (prisoner of war) and PG (prisoner de Guerre) paint signs from where the Argentine prisoners were held.
the attached photos:
1st is from 2 Para's startline looking uptowards the argentine positions. they were on the highest feature in the distance.
2nd is from an Argentine position looking towards the 2 PARA startline. the startline ran from left to right and is inline with the small building in the distance.
3rd is 2 PARA's monument at GooseGreen. Goose Green is in the distance.
More photos to follow.
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i will post more photos when i get the chance.
Curious to see the PG-POW marks are still there.
Please if you have some current images from the city / other places consider posting them here:
Thanks a lot.
Nice pics DZ !
No wonder you haven't been posting much lately. You've been busy.
There's also a Falklands 30 thread where these photos would be an excellent addition too.
Respects to the Fallen
yep the paint on the POW signs was that good that the islanders want the paint as it lasted for 30 yrs!!
there is a nice little family cafe in Goose green. it is really a family run affair as to get to the toilet you go through there living room and use their actual bathroom!
Thanks for posting! Great pics!
Fascinating. Thanks mate.
Just looking at those phots of Longdon and Darwin/Goose Green fill me dread, I can't imagine how horrific it must have been for the lads.
Many thanks for posting.
Wow! Awesome photos........
Assaulting across all of that open country must have been a terrifyingly @ss-blowing experience.
Can you believe it, 30 years on and the Argie girls finally beat us
OMFG a DW sighting!!!!!
the ferry from new haven to port howard, west falkland
the momument on the spot where Col H Jones VC was killed. this is the next gully round to the left from the gorse gully (the gorse gully is behind us but around in the next re-entrant. it was presumed that he was shot from a position to the upper left of the photo. there is now reason to believe he was killed from the position where the photo is actually taken.
he ran around from the right of the picture and then asssalted up the slope towards where the photo is taken with only his 9mm sterling sub-machine gun. at the post mortem it was found that he was killed by a single round that entered around the area of the left collar bone that then rebounded inside and exited on his hip.
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the debris field of the crash site of an Argentine Pucara at goose Green airfield. the aircraft was bought down by small arms fire as it tried to drop napalm on B coy 2 PARA. there is still lots of aluminim parts and canopy bits and cooked off 7.62 cartridges from the aircraft
unknown soldiers grave at the argentine cemetery at Darwin. the plaque read: a soldier known only to God.
the monument to richard nunn. a scout helicopter pilot who was shot down by a pucara as he raced to pick up Col H Jones VC.
Jumped by 2 Pucaras he evaded the first by spinning the chopper (by digging the skid into the ground!!) he was killed instantly by the second aircraft on its first pass.
his observer had his leg severed by a 20mm canon shell but survived when the chopper crashed as he was thrown clear.
the pucara then turned tightly and flew into cloud and prompty flew into a mountain as he raced back to stanley as he knew sea harriers were in the area. he was killed instantly. this was the only air to air kill for a pucara in the falklands
the surrender field where the famous picture with all the argentine weapons and helmets are strewn all over the field.
the small hunt on the airfield where the details of the surrender of the argentine forces at goose green were thrashed out and signed by Maj Chris Kebble who took over as CO of 2 PARA when Jones was killed.
he was replaced by LT COL Chandler who was parachuted into the south atlantic a few days later. why keeble couldnt carry on (afterall, he got the attack going again and beat a vastly superior size force) i dont know.
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