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3 Para – Mount Longdon (Paperback)

The Bloodiest Battle – Revised Anniversary Edition

Military/Maritime/Historical Falklands Photo Books Colour Books Military History

By Jon Cooksey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781473898967
Published: 30th September 2004
Last Released: 2nd August 2017

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June 1982, and in the middle of a South Atlantic winter, the Falklands War is at its height. The Parachute Regiment has already been in action - 2 Para securing a hard fought victory at Darwin-Goose Green at a heavy price in killed and wounded including their CO, Lieutenant Colonel 'H' Jones, later awarded a posthumous VC.

Now, two weeks later, as they look up at the long, frost shattered spines of rock which stab the air from the summit of Mount Longdon on the outer ring of the Stanley defences, the 'toms' of 3 Para know it is their turn. As they prepare to assault their objectives - features code named 'wing forward', 'fly half' and 'full back'- the men of 3 Para know they are in for a fight. Just before 'zero' some of them are simply told to pray.

This, the first in a new series on Special Operations, tells the story of 3 Para and the often-neglected struggle for Mount Longdon. It was a battle which tested the discipline, comradeship and professionalism of the paras to the limit; it was a battle which witnessed another posthumous VC; it turned out to be the bloodiest battle of the entire Falklands Campaign.

Extremely well laid out, the book provides the reader with an understanding of what had gone immediately before the battle for Mount Longdon. 2 Para had earlier encountered heavy opposition at Darwin and Goose Green - and had lost their Commanding Officer. Very soon Mount Longdon would follow and would prove to be the bloodiest battle of the entire campaign. Whilst nobody knew how hard that battle would be beforehand, Cooksey provides the personal thoughts of a 20 year-old private from B Company, 3 Para who admits to being ‘proud, then sad, then scared.’

For those who like military history, I can only suggest you will not be disappointed with this exceptional account of the battle for Mount Longdon. For those of you who know nothing at all about the Falklands War, I really can’t think of a better place to start that interest.

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Ned Middleton, Amazon Reviewer

Like many a fascist state before them the Argentine Junta thought they could steal territory that belonged to someone else who they considered weak. It came as a shock when Britain rapidly assembled a Task Force and sent it 8,000 miles to eject the Argentine bandits. Once more British troops used great courage to make up for the venial politicians who had allowed the emergency to arise – Highly Recommended.

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Firetrench

A really interesting account of events we lived through.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

About Jon Cooksey

JON COOKSEY is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of Stand To!, and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. As an experienced battlefield guide, he regularly leads tours to the battlefields of both world wars as well as the Falkland Islands. His TV and radio appearances include the Channel 5 programme on the 1914 Christmas Truce and and Great War soldier Ronald Poulton Palmer and Gallipoli Victoria Cross winner Frederick Potts for the BBC. His books include The Barnsley Pals, Flanders 1915, Calais: A Fight to the Finish and 3 Para Mount Longdon – The Bloodiest Battle.

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