Ready For Anything

A Falklands war veteran who suffers horrific burn injuries learns to cope in the outside world when he is discharged from the 3rd para unit.

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On the 31st of May the royal marine forces defeated the Argentine Special Forces in the Battle of Top Malo House. There were three casualties in the small arms fire;

They were all Argentinean; one of them was hit by a phosphorous grenade and was set on fire he was then shot by a British soldier because he was ignored by his own men in the darkness because they didn’t want to give their positions away. The other two men were killed trying to make an escape. June the 1st saw Major Jeremy Moore RM plan an attack on Port Stanley. Ewan Southby Talyour’s order to evacuate the men from the Sir Galahad was ignored on the 6th of June the Sir Tristram sailed towards Buff Cove and joined the Sir Galahad. Hours later the ship was hit by a missile and the smoke could be seen for miles as the metal began to melt with the heat of the fire below decks. The Welsh Guards were on board and the casualties were many with 48 men killed and 115 men seriously wounded due to severe burns.

Simon Western was one of them. His story shocked the world as it was broadcast.

Three Argentine aircraft were shot down. The attack on Port Stanley was delayed for two days until it finally fell. There were many battles Mount Harriet, the Two Sisters, and the battle of Longdon. The HMS Glamorgan was also hit with an exocet missile and 13 men lost their lives.

There was fierce fighting on Tumble down and Goose Green Colonel H Jones was killed after he charged up a hill to take an Argentinean trench he was shot in the back which threw him on top of the trench where he died of his injuries along with several of his men. It was smelly and dirty as the bodies stacked up. One soldier said that he saw one man shot in the hand that spun him around then his face was blown away. He took off his dog tag and went into his pocket; there was a photo in there of him and his wife; he had to talk to himself as he buried all the men; it wasn’t very dignified given the mud and the stink of the corpses. The trauma of what he had witnessed; would take almost five years before he could speak about the incident. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) something that the (MOD) Ministry of Defence would not recognise for years after the war.

A resident recalled how when the Argentines invaded they were made to drive on the other side of the road. There was looting by the conscripts too she tells of how her husband went to the house next door because the neighbours were away. Soldiers tried to breakdown the front door until he approached them with the key to the house.

They made him kneel down for over thirty minutes at gun point whilst they ransacked the house.

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