The scots guards on tumbledown mountain

Right Flank had achieved this at the cost of five wounded, including Lt. For his bayonet charge Major Kiszely was awarded the Military Cross.

The explosions prompted the marine commanders to order the 81 mm mortar platoon on Mount William to open fire on the minefield and the likely withdrawal route of anyone attacking Mount William. In the second phase, Left Flank company would pass through the area taken by G company to capture the centre of the summit.

The Guardsmen traded 66 mm rockets and 84 mm anti-tank rounds with the Argentinians, protected in their rock bunkers. Kiszely and six other Guardsmen suddenly found themselves standing on top of the mountain, looking down on Stanley which was under street lighting and vehicles could be seen moving along the roads.

They were detected, however, and the British were briefly pinned down by gunfire before a bayonet charge overwhelmed the Argentinian defenders. The attack started on June 13th. Their orders were to move towards Sapper Hill only after these objectives were taken. At the foot of the hill there was an enormous minefield.

Diversion Edit At 8: A group of Sappers from Condor Troop went ahead to clear a path through the mines, losing Sergeant Peter Thorpe badly wounded in the process. It was released as a single by the Pipes and Drums of 2SG a year later.

Battle of Mount Tumbledown

One Guardsman is killed bringing forward supplies to the Welsh Guards on 13 June. On Mount William's southern slopes, one of the tanks was taken out of action by a booby trap.

They also engaged us with light mortars and missile launchers.

Battle of Mount Tumbledown 13th June 1982

On the eastern half of the mountain the platoon of conscripts of La Madrid were still holding out, so Colonel Scott ordered Right Flank to push on to clear the final positions.

We were led to an area that the company would rest at for the night, I still took in the fact the Argies had prepared Sapper Hill well, they had depth positions that would have made the task of taking it very hard. The 4th Section, led by Lieutenant Vazquez, was located at the west end of Tumbledown, with their area of responsibility pointing west and south.

From crag to crag amongst the rock, They skirmished on, numbed by shock. During the course of the battle in the early hours of 14 Junemen of the 2nd Battalion 'wearing berets instead of helmets' launched a bayonet charge on the stout Argentinian defenders which resulted in bitter and bloody fighting, and was one of the last bayonet charges by the British Army.

The British plan called for a diversionary attack south of Mount Tumbledown by a small number of the Scots Guards, assisted by the four light tanks of the Blues and Royals, whilst the main attack came as a three-phase silent advance from the west of Mount Tumbledown. Our assault was initiated by a Guardsman killing a sniper, which was followed by a volley of 66 mm anti-tanks rounds.

The Scots Guards were to attack Tumbledown, with the Gurkhas following behind.

Scots Guards

I was shooting, doing my work. The delay caused by the mines probably saved many lives. At the foot of the hill there was an enormous minefield. From then on we fought from crag to crag, rock to rock, taking out pockets of enemy and lone riflemen, all of whom resisted fiercely.

At the foot of the hill there was an enormous minefield. The fighting was sporadic, but at times fierce, as we tried to maintain our position. Meanwhile, the men of the 1st Battalion 7th Gurkha Rifles had been spotted and shelled from Argentine mortar fire controllers and artillery officers on Sapper Hill, suffering eight wounded.

He said, "Look, Goli Ayo! The Scots Guards could have had more casualties in the attack but were saved by the soft peat over which they advanced. We were led to an area that the company would rest at for the night, I still took in the fact the Argies had prepared Sapper Hill well, they had depth positions that would have made the task of taking it very hard.

In the third phase, Right Flank would pass through Left Flank to secure the eastern end of Tumbledown. During the battle, Guardsman Philip Williams was knocked unconscious by an explosion, and left for dead.

Early moves[ edit ] On the morning of 13 June, the Scots Guards were moved by helicopter from their position at Bluff Cove to an assembly area near Goat Ridgewest of Mount Tumbledown. Reaching its objective undetected, the company found the western end of the mountain undefended and occupied it easily, but later came under heavy shellfire that wounded Major Dalzel-Job in the head.

However, Left Flank Company had lost two men killed and several wounded during the Argentine counterattack, when mortar fire controllers on Mount William targeted British wounded and stretcher bearers in error.

Battle for Mount Tumbledown

I went forward to make a reconnaissance and could see that the British had two machineguns and a missile launcher in action.S Company Scots Guards along with 3 Company Coldstream Guards, after heavy fighting, captures the hill from the German 1st Parachute regiment. Item Code: DHM S Company Scots Guards in the battle of Monte Piccolo, Italy 28th May by Terence Cuneo.

The Scots Guards is ranked as the third regiment in the Guards Division. As such, Scots Guardsmen can be recognised by having the buttons on their tunics spaced in threes.

Battle of Mount Tumbledown 13th June 1982

As such, Scots Guardsmen can be recognised by having the buttons on their tunics spaced in threes. Jul 27,  · The enemy refused to budge and the Scots Guards could hear some of the Argentinians shouting obscene phrases in English and even singing as they fought.

Meanwhile, two Royal Navy frigates, HMS Yarmouth and HMS Active, were pounding Tumbledown with inch guns.

Battle for Mount Tumbledown

By a.m., the Scots Guards had gained the high ground east of Tumbledown Mountain and the Gurkhas commenced deploying across the heavily shelled saddle from Tumbledown south to Mount William, which they took with the loss of eight wounded.

The 2nd Battalion Scots Guards had lost eight dead and 43 currclickblog.comina: United Kingdom. sitting on the mountain today. Three phases of attack had been planned to take Tumbledown. Robert was in Right Flank, the last of three waves to destroy the Argentine defences.

Robert and his men came under artillery fire which lit up the cold night sky as clear as day. Tracer fire went back and forth — red lines of bullets across the night sky. 2nd Scots Guards, including GPMG's, LAW's, MAW's, Milans and 81mm mortars, and in support 4 Troop, The Blues and Royals with 2 Scorpions and 2 Scimitars, up to five bty's each of 6xmm artillery, mortars of 42 Cdo RM and 1/7th Gurkha Rifles, and frigate "Active" with 1xin (and 'Avenger', 1xin).

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