24 June 2019
British Paras have recreated the 50 mile march made during the final days of the Falklands War, some 37 years ago.
In the closing stages of the Falklands War the 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment, marched 50 miles through unforgiving terrain from Port San Carlos to Mount Longdon on June 11, 1982. The piece of high ground was strategically important as it overlooked Port Stanley, the capital and had to be taken before the final battle of liberation.
Today the Paras covered the same route in remembrance of the men who were killed in the fierce battle that ensued. After marching the 50 miles, the men paid their respects at the site of the battle.
Back in 1982, after the long march the Paras approached Mount Longdon where more than 800 Argentinians were dug in. Despite arriving in complete secrecy, a Corporal stepped on a land mine which alerted the Argentinians and the fighting began. Despite coming under heavy and sustained fire, 3 Para took Mount Longdon, at a cost of 23 dead and 43 wounded.
PHOTO: Sergeant Paul Oldfield BFAI RAF
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