35 years ago - The Battle for Mount Longdon
35 years ago tonight - The start line was crossed at 0015hrs by A and B Company, 3 PARA. It was a silent approach until Cpl Milne stepped on a land mine, which alerted the enemy to the attack.
At this point the enemy opened fire and fierce fighting ensued. 4 Platoon took the brunt of the enemy fire, with one man killed and an additional four wounded, including the Platoon Commander. Sgt Ian McKay, therefore, took command of 4 Platoon and moved forward to attack a heavy machine gun position up a steep slope. It was whilst engaging this position he was killed in action. He would later receive a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions.
The Battle of Mount Longdon cost 3 PARA twenty-three dead, including attached personnel, and forty three wounded. Accounts vary on the Argentinean casualties, with between thirty to fifty killed, a similar number taken prisoner, and up to one hundred and twenty wounded.
By 1100hrs on the 12th June (tommorrow) Mount Longdon would be controlled by 3 PARA.
#UtrinqueParatus #greeneyedboys #mountlongdon #PARA #3PARA #Falklands35