The Royal Artillery played an absolutely vital, though often forgotten, part in the British armed forces’ successful operation to recapture the Falkland Islands in 1982. The actions of the artillery were recorded by one young officer in a journal which he kept before, during and after the conflict.
Second Lieutenant Tom Martin was a Command Post Officer with 29 (Corunna) Field Battery RA which deployed to the South Atlantic in 1982 as part of the Task Force dispatched to retake the Falklands. With its six 105mm Light Guns making the journey on the MV Europic Ferry, the Battery sailed south on the MV Norland with 2 PARA, joining 3 Commando Brigade for the landings.
The five gun batteries of the Royal Artillery, totaling thirty light field guns, fired a tremendous number of shells on the Argentine forces. For its part, 29 (Corunna) Field Battery fired the first Fire Mission of the conflict – and continued to do so until the Argentinian surrender – in the most testing environment and against the odds.
Whilst in the South Atlantic, Martin sought to detail and record the action on the Battery’s gun position. Supported by the recollections of some of those he served alongside, Martin’s notes and diary entries form the basis of this book; a vivid, blow-by-blow account which provides a comprehensive picture of the Royal Artillery and its pivotal role in the Falklands War.
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About the Author
Having passed through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Tom Martin was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery when the Falklands War began in 1982. As Command Post Officer of 29 (Corunna) Field Battery, he soon found himself heading to the South Atlantic. After the conflict, Tom became an Army pilot and, having transferred to the Army Air Corps, served as a flying instructor, including with the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying School, the Royal Marines Air Squadron and the Fleet Air Arm. During his military career, Tom served in the United Kingdom, Germany and Northwest Europe, Canada and the USA, the Caribbean, Kenya, Norway, Northern Ireland and the South Atlantic. After retiring from the Army in 1997, Tom became a commercial helicopter pilot, where he continues to fly for the emergency services.
Table of Contents
Glossary and Abbreviations 12
Battery History 18
Battery Composition 19
Chapter 1 The Build Up and Deployment to the Falklands 23
Chapter 2 Sailing South 31
Chapter 3 Orders 69
Chapter 4 War Diary 83
Chapter 5 Going Ashore 87
Chapter 6 'Air Raid Warning - Red' 113
Chapter 7 Sheep Stew in a Dustbin 123
Chapter 8 Bluff Cove position 141
Chapter 9 Wether Ground - The Last Position 161
Chapter 10 Surrender: The Immediate Aftermath 183
Chapter 11 The Return Home 235
Chapter 12 Epilogue 249
Appendix I Letters 255
Appendix II D+12,646: Falklands Revisited 2017 261