42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet | #260

42 Commando Royal Marines, features Jeff Williams WO2, a Royal Marines veteran, recalling the battle for Mount Harriet.

42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet

Jeff Williams of 42 Commando, tells the amazing story of how Mount Kent was secured, followed by the subsequent battle for Mount Harriet. He was a young corporal at the time of the Falklands War. Jeff served in 42 Commando’s HQ and finished his military career as a Warrant Officer Class 2. (WO2)

Transcript from ’42 Commando Royal Marines Battle For Mount Harriet’ podcast

Jeff – I spoke to a lot of the guys about it and they all thought it was an April fool. We didn’t believe they could have done it but they had and so we’re all fired up then to go. We should point out here it wasn’t a surrender, it was a ceasefire. The governor said, you know there’s no point, so he ordered the guys to put their weapons down.

We traveled down to union and had a couple of days to get ready. I remember getting all the kit and and checking everything was right. I wasn’t supposed to go to the Falklands, but being irritating, I went up to the company commander and said, look I want to go. He said look you’re on a senior command course and that’s important in your life. I said I don’t care, I’ve got to go.

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Teenager In The Falklands War | Gaz Tombling | Bought The T-Shirt

Teenager In The Falklands War features Gaz Tombling who served with the Royal Signals and saw action in the Falklands war.

Teenager In The Falklands War | Gaz Tombling

Gaz Tombling served in the Royal Signals and served during the Falklands War. He is also an admin with the Global Veterans Alliance. Gaz shares his Falklands experience in great detail with Chris, offering detail with often humourous recollections.

Transcript from ‘Teenager In The Falklands War’ podcast

Gaz – If I’m perfectly honest, I went down to Deepcut in Surrey to have the final interview. They said what do you want to join and I said I want to go into the Paras. They went yes everything looks good for that so go off and have your lunch, have a think about it. I came back from the lunch and looked on the walls. It had murals of paratroopers dropping down and all this sort of stuff and I thought, that’s great. If I find out I don’t like it, what am I going to come out with you know?

I thought well at least if I go into the Signals, I’m going to have a trade I’ll be able to use. So really it was that logic that made me make that decision and put me in the Signals.

Chris – Yes tell us a bit about training and what’s it like settling into Royal Signals life.

Gaz – Well the infantry training is standard training and I’d spent a good four or five years as a kid in the army cadets. Once you’ve got through nine months of infantry training with a bit of communication stuff thrown in, you then go on to your designated trade.

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Tumbledown The True Story | Cpt Robert Lawrence MC Scots Guards

Tumbledown the true story, features Captain Robert Lawrence of the Scots Guards, who lost 43% of his brain from a sniper’s bullet.

Tumbledown The True Story | Cpt Robert Lawrence MC Scots Guards

Captain Robert Lawrence MC, is a former British Army officer with the Scot’s Guards. Whilst fighting in the battle for Mount Tumbledown, Robert was severely wounded by a bullet going through his skull. The Argentine sniper then fired shots at a Scout Helicoptor which was evacuating the wounded. Awarded the Military Cross for bravery, he spent a year in a wheelchair, being almost completely paralyzed.

Robert had lost 43% of his brain. Doctors predicted he would never walk again, but to their amazement, he eventually regained most movement. Robert retains a slight limp and a paralyzed left arm. The story was adapted into a BBC television play, starring Colin Firth.

Transcript from ‘Tumbledown The True Story’ podcast

Robert – At the time in the battle, I ran out of ammunition. I’d already taken the decision to throw my mags and I took to picking up Argentinian F.N.’s.

The trouble with that is because you never know what’s in it when you bring it. Could be completely empty so I wasn’t going to throw away my S.L.R. I had the misfortune of stupidly thinking I could change the mag on an F.N. It looks so like an S.L.R. but it has a different magazine clip. When people are shooting at you, you don’t stop and start examining the weapon you’re holding. So that’s how I ended up with the two weapons. They translated that into some sort of ‘True-Grit’ firing with both hands, which was pretty much bollocks. Myself on a ridge with my arms in the air shouting, ‘Isn’t this fun?’, well that’s bollocks as well.

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