The Falklands War: 3 PARA Commander's Diary in two volumes
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The Falklands War: 3 PARA Commander's Diary in two volumes
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The Falklands War: 3 PARA Commander's Diary in two volumes
A hand written diary compiled by Captain Kevin McGimpsey Adjutant 3 PARA, April to June 1982 in two volumes, the first volume hardback, covering the day to day routine from the start of the crisis in barracks and on the SS Canberra, and the second loose leaf volume from the landing at San Carlos, the Battle of Mount Longdon, the capture of Port Stanley and the return to the UK.

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  • A fascinating record of the conflict from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground. Details of the build-up of the invasion force, the management of troops on board the Canberra whilst the forced steamed southwards, including the evolving political situation, the landing and the daily record of actual combat on the Islands as the Force succeeded in reclaiming British Sovereignty.

    With the outbreak of hostilities one of the Adjutant's responsibilities is to maintain the Commander's Diary.

    Personal quotes:

    "Writing and maintaining the diary became an obsession. When we transferred from the Canberra to HMS Intrepid prior to the landings, I reluctantly left Volume 1 with the rear party and was very relieved to get its return in Port Stanley".

    "When we returned to Tidworth in July, one of the clerks typed up eight copies of the Diary. Six went to the MOD and two were leather bound, one for the 3 PARA CO (Lt. Colonel Hew Pike) and one for my family".

    Two Diary quotes:

    2nd April 1982...1700 the Diary records initial phone call from UKLF HQ asking was 3 PARA "absolutely ready to go"
    4th April 1730 I spoke with a staff officer at UKLF about our needs for Clansman radios, Laser range Finders, extra General Purpose Machine Guns and Milan Anti Tank ancillaries "3 PARA is presently "peanuts" and we are right at the bottom of the list of priorities!"


    3 Para were deployed with 3 Commando Brigade in the invasion force and left the UK on board Canberra on April 9th. They landed at San Carlos Bay on May 21st after brief opposition and established their bridgehead under regular enemy air assault, before moving off across the Island to attack and secure Teal Inlet on May 27th. As part of the final assault on Port Stanley, 3 Para made a night time attack on Mount Longdon on June 11th, where enemy forces were heavily entrenched. After a fierce 10 hour battle, the objective was captured with the loss of 22 men including Sergeant Ian McKay, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, one of only two awarded during the conflict. After the Argentine surrender, they were some of the first troops to enter Port Stanley.
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