Battle of Darwin / Goose Green 30 years on

Pararegtom

LE
Book Reviewer
#1
On this day 30 years ago, 2 Para, left its start line and and approached and engaged a large enemy force ,it was Hard and gutter fighting we prevailed, leaving many of the enemy dead and wounded, we also lost men (17) and 3 score injured. Tonight I will be raising my glass too all the dead on and off the field. RIP " Utrinque Paratus"



For you youngsters a link
Battle of Goose Green
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#2
PRT,

I don't know why you still make such a big deal of it- it was only crossing miles of billiard table flat open land against a well dug in enemy. What could possibly have gone wrong?

Enjoy your drink ;-)
 
#3
After seeing the terrain myself many years later, the achievements of the British infantry (I'm including RM in that) in 1982 are astounding. Single battalion attacks on places such as Goose Green and Tumbledown almost defy contemplation.

Just finished the book by that Secret Millionaire fella, Tony Banks; an excellent read.
 
#6
I had the very great pleasure today of speaking to a serving officer who commanded a platoon in 2 Para "30 years and 3 stones ago" as he put it. Not many of those left I'll wager. He also described it as the last proper war!
 
#7
"It was perhaps the most remarkable individual action fought by a British batallion since the Second World War."

Brigadier Julian Thompson RM
 
#9
After seeing the terrain myself many years later, the achievements of the British infantry (I'm including RM in that) in 1982 are astounding. Single battalion attacks on places such as Goose Green and Tumbledown almost defy contemplation.

Just finished the book by that Secret Millionaire fella, Tony Banks; an excellent read.
My feelings too on seeing the terrain several years after the event. A bunch of us flew courtesy of Bristows to just short of Goose Green. We then covered the the route that the Paras had taken. Amazed is not really the correct word, more like awed.
 
#10
Once you've seen the terrain there you really do realise that bulldogs bollocks have better cover than any attacking force..
Good action there boys, very well done to all involved.

Sandy bottoms.
 
#11
RIP to all the Fallen. For, to a man, they had bigger bollocks than I could ever have!....Remember it unfolding like it was only yesterday!
 
#13
The inspirational bravery and fortitude demonstrated by the Para's in this action is something that other infantrymen could only hope and pray they would equal if they were to be tested by similar odds. A legendary demonstration by superb troops of how to take the battle to the enemy and despite terrible casualties and the most arduous conditions, defeat the enemy and carry on fighting the war until the job was ultimately finished.
 
#14
As a 14 year old lad at the time, to watch the whole campaign played out on the telly each night, it was like Commando comic come to life. It was only after joining up that I could truly appreciate the amazing feats that were achieved down there by all concerned but especially the PBI. To the lads who didn't come back, RIP.
 

Pararegtom

LE
Book Reviewer
#16
Rip to the fallen another who visted the Battle field and thought how the **** did rhey pull that off.
Having had a few sherberts tonight I put it down to tenacious spirit. a will to win and an Airborne attitude that stems back to our Airborne forefathers from Arnhem, and lest forget the sailors and and airmen that died that night.
 
#18
PRT,

I don't know why you still make such a big deal of it- it was only crossing miles of billiard table flat open land against a well dug in enemy. What could possibly have gone wrong?

Enjoy your drink ;-)
The army learned a lot from this mistake and made sure all other battles in the campaign were fought uphill.

A fantastic feat of military skills and courage however you look at it.
 
#19
Attended the Goose Green memorial today as part of the RIC & having "sampled" (onion range, delight) the terrain & climate that the Paras & RM fought in & had the fortune to do a battlefield tour of the area nothing but respect & admiration for the lads who took part in the conflict 30 years ago.
 

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