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Issue Date: 27/05/2007
Issue Name: The Battle for Stanley: Falklands Tribute
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Battle for Stanley – The eleventh cover in our Falklands 25th Anniversary Collection, available personally signed by Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE RM or signed by Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE RM, Air Chief Marshal Sir Peter Squire GCB DFC, Brigadier J F Rickett CBE, Major General A Whitehead CB DSO.
The Battle for Stanley
This was virtually a winner takes all situation. We had no more troops available. Our units in hills faced great trouble in maintainng their positions with winter settling in. At sea, our ships were near to mechanical exhaustion and our Sea Harrier force had taken 25% losses. Everything had to go to plan in a hurray, or the unthinkable could happen. The British Government would have been forced to negotiate with the Argentinians. The next few days would decide the outcome of the entire conflict.
The battle began on the 11th with heavy fighting for Mount Longdon, Mount Harriet and Two Sisters. The Argentinians put up a considerable fight and 23 paras were killed, including the extremely brave Sergeant Ian John McKay, who took out a machine gun post single handed and was posthumously awarded a VC.
The ships Glamorgan and Avenger had been on duty supporting the land battles but were due to leave the area well before dawn. The Glamorgan stayed, becuase 45 Commando unit which she was supporting was badly delayed in its attack on Two Sisters. When Glamorgan finally left, she was strck by an Eocet. Her avoiding actins prevented the worst damage but it was a narrow escape. 42 Commando took Mount Harriet and 45 Commando finally took Two Sisters. On the 13th the fighting intensified. 2 Para, under Major Philip Neame, took Wireless Ridge. Now, the battle for Tumbledown Mountain was set to be the key battle for Stanley.
The RAF were using laser guided bombs and Wing Commander Peter Squire and Squadron Leader Jerry Pook were attacking targets at Tumbledown. The 2nd Scots Guards under Lt Colonel Mike Scott led the attack and eventually took the objective. The 7th Gurkhas then took Mount William.
In all a further 15 British casualties and 40 Argentinians died in the last major day of fighting and thus the race to be the first into Stanley had begun.