120mm BAT in the Falklands.

#1
I'm just watching a program about medics in the Falklands and it showed a picture of Para Regt training with 120mm BAT on the deck of the Canberra.

I didn't realise it had deployed to the Falklands (probably in the same consignment as chocolate fire guards), was it ever fired in anger?

I know the Argies had tracked vehicles on the FI, but I can't remember seeing anything sufficiently armoured to defeat 66mm LAW.

The program itself is very interesting and features Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly, who also wrote a great book - The red and green life machine.
 
#2
I've just read Robert Fox's book (Eyewitness Falklands) and I'm sure there is a reference to it somewhere. Can't find it now of course...

Don't imagine anybody walked across the island carrying one however!
 
#3
Would an inappropriate response be that Tropper fired one whilst down there?
 
#5
I don't know about the 120 mm, but wasn't a Milan used to ease a sniper out of of a hole in some rocks? 120mm could have been similarly "misused".
 
#6
Bonnacon's link indicates Milan wasn't in the FI.
 
#7
Bonnacon's link indicates Milan wasn't in the FI.
They were used down the Falklands in '82' and were known as 'Bunker Busters' for wait for it....taking bunkers out ! your source is wrong !!!
 
#8
I always thought that they'd taken Wombats with them, but offloaded them at Ascension?
 
#9
I remember reading one account of the Falklands; it mentioned that MILAN was used during the attack on Wireless Ridge. IIRC, they had just been brought into service before the war but didn't have MIRA yet.
 
#12
From 'Not mentioned in Despatches', p.8 2PARA Gp "3x Milan MRATGW detachments"
 
#14
You have to take into account the squaddie rumour mill and related inflation.

I think the 40k figure possibly came from the cost of going out and doing the live fire package once a year.
 

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#15
I always thought that they'd taken Wombats with them, but offloaded them at Ascension?

BF 2 Para Anti tanks, where all retrained in 79 on Milan, so not that many wombat men left in the Bn in 82 im not sure about 3 Para.
 
#16
10 Para, (support coy) were training with wombats mounted on Land Rovers from 1981- 1982 and I dare say before that but I didn't see it. Or have I missed the point and you were referring to whether or not the wombat was deployed during Corporate?

Could the Atlantic Conveyor be involved?
 
#17
I think the 40k figure comes from squaddies making it up as they go along.
 
#20
I think the 40k figure comes from squaddies making it up as they go along.
When I was commanding a MILAN Pl (early 90s) it was always £60k or "the price of a new BMW". Actually you would have got quite a lot of BMW for £60k back then so it never made a lot of sense :)
 
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