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Old 28-02-2015, 11:41 PM   #44
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Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Jones VC OBE..
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Operation Corporate (28–29 May 1982) was an engagement of the Falklands War between British and Argentina..On 28th May 1982 Lieutenant Colonel Jones was commanding 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment on operations on the Falkland Islands.. The Battalion was ordered to attack enemy mine positions in and around the settlements of Darwin and Goose Green..During the attack against an enemy who was well dug in with mutually supporting positions sited in depth, the Battalion was held up just South of Darwin by a particularly well-prepared and resilient enemy position of at least 11 trenches on an important ridge.. A number of casualties were received.. In order to read the battle fully and to ensure that the momentum of his attack was not lost, Colonel Jones took forward his reconnaissance party to the foot of a re-entrant which a section of his Battalion had just secured.. Despite persistent, heavy and accurate fire the reconnaissance party gained the top of the re-entrant, at approximately the same height as the enemy positions.. From here Colonel Jones encouraged the direction of his Battalion mortar fire, in an effort to neutralise the enemy positions.. However, these had been well prepared and continued to pour effective fire onto the Battalion advance, which, by now held up for over an hour and under increasingly heavy artillery fire, was in danger of faltering...

Goose Green & Sgt Major Barry Norman, Falklands War 1982..

In his effort to gain a good viewpoint, Colonel Jones was now at the very front of his Battalion.. It was clear to him that desperate measures were needed in order to overcome the enemy position and rekindle the attack, and that unless these measures were taken promptly the Battalion would sustain increasing casualties and the attack perhaps even fail.. It was time for personal leadership and action.. Colonel Jones immediately seized a sub-machine gun, and, calling on those around him and with total disregard for his own safety, charged the nearest enemy position.. This action exposed him to fire from a number of trenches.. As he charged up a short slope at the enemy position he was seen to fall and roll backward downhill.. He immediately picked himself up, and again charged the enemy trench, firing his sub-machine gun and seemingly oblivious to the intense fire directed at him.. He was hit by fire from another trench which he outflanked, and fell dying only a few feet from the enemy he had assaulted.. A short time later a company of the Battalion attacked the enemy, who quickly surrendered.. The display of courage by Colonel Jones had completely undermined their will to fight further...The achievements of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment at Darwin and Goose Green set the tone for the subsequent land victory on the Falklands.. The British achieved such a moral superiority over the enemy in this first battle that, despite the advantages of numbers and selection of battle-ground, the Argentinian troops never thereafter doubted neither the superior fighting qualities of the British troops, nor their own inevitable defeat..You mean to say we lost 11 men fighting a group of waxworks?..

This was an action of the utmost gallantry by a Commanding Officer whose dashing leadership and courage throughout the battle were an inspiration to all about him... He was awarded the VC for his actions as commanding officer of 2 Battalion, Parachute Regiment during the Falklands War after being killed in action during the Battle of Goose Green ( "Pradera del Ganso", "Ganso Verde") is a settlement in Lafonia on East Falkland in the Falkland Islands. It lies on Choiseul Sound, on the east side of the island's central isthmus, 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southwest of Darwin. .With a population of about 70, it is the second largest settlement of the Falkland Islands..Goose Green has a shop and a small airfield. Local attractions include the nearby Bodie Suspension Bridge and the Vicar of Bray shipwreck, which participated in the California gold rush..Goose Green farm itself is massive. At 1,700 square kilometres (430,000 acres), it is double the size of the farms as Port Howard or North Arm.. After stopping to reload his submachine gun halfway up the hill, he pushed on, only to be shot in the back by an Argentine gunner, Jose Louis Rios, manning a MAG at the right of the Argentine line, on the opposite spur to the trench Jones was charging Corporal Rios was later fatally wounded in his trench by Corporal Abols firing a 66mm rocket.. Jones had been hit in the back and the groin, and despite the efforts of those around him, was dead within the hour.. Also killed during this action was the adjutant, Captain Wood..Command of 2 PARA passed to Major Chris Keeble (Born 14 November 1941 Quetta, British India),and Jones (Born 14 May 1940 )-(2x14=28) was buried at Ajax Bay on 30 May near where he died of wounds (28 May 1982 (aged 42).. After the war his body was exhumed and buried at the Blue Beach War Cemetery in Port San Carlos on 25 October..On 16 November 1982 64 of the dead, (52 soldiers, 11 Royal Marines, and one laundryman from Hong Kong) were returned to Britain aboard the landing ship Sir Bedivere...

Sabaton back in control Sgt Ian Mckay VC..

It was almost noon before the British advance resumed.. Inspired by their commanding officer's sacrifice, A Company soon cleared the eastern end of the Argentine position and opened the way forward. There had been two battles going on in the Darwin hillocks - one around Darwin Hill looking down on Darwin Bay, and an equally fierce one in front of Boca Hill, also known as Boca House Ruins.. Corporal David Abols received a Distinguished Conduct Medal for his daring charges which turned the Darwin Hill battle..Goose Green was occupied by Argentine forces during the Falklands War..Over one hundred islanders were imprisoned in the community hall, while over 1,200 Argentine troops occupied the settlement and nearby Darwin..It was the subject of the first land battle of that conflict, as it was relatively close to the site of the British landings, San Carlos, and the British leaders were looking for an early victory, even if the site was not necessarily of military importance..The area is still heavily mined..Sometime in 1986 I met a young man I knew, who was at that time a serving soldier in the Parachute Regiment.. He told me that Colonel Jones had been shot by his own Sergeant Major because he had been acting in a way that was endangering his men at the battle of Goose Green..In the United States military parlance, fragging is the murder of members of the military, particularly commanders of a fighting unit or manipulating the chain of command in order to have an individual or unit deliberately killed by placing the personnel in harm's way..An example would be to order a soldier to perform a particularly hazardous task and continue to repeat the task until the soldier met his darth..The families of 16 of the dead kept with tradition and preferred their sons' remains should stay in the islands..14 are buried at Port San Carlos with 2 more at isolated single grave sites at Goose Green and Port Howard...

Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, on 12 February 1809 at his family home, The Mount..Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia..Situated on the Timor Sea..The Aboriginal people of the Larrakia language group are the traditional custodians and the first inhabitants of the greater Darwin area..Established songlines penetrated throughout the country, allowing stories and histories to be told and retold along the routes..Within the animist belief system of Indigenous Australians, a songline, also called dreaming track, is one of the paths across the land (or sometimes the sky) which mark the route followed by localised 'creator-beings' during the Dreaming..By singing the songs in the appropriate sequence, Indigenous people could navigate vast distances, often travelling through the deserts of Australia's interior..Darwin Student Committee or the DSC are a group of students who volunteer their time to make the life of Darwin College students more enjoyable..RRS Charles Darwin Launched: 22 February 1984 by the Prince of Wales carried out 180 research cruises, worldwide, in her 21 years as a Natural Environment Research Council ship..The Darwin Mountains is a group of mountains between the Darwin and Hatherton glaciers in Antarctica..Darwen is a market town and civil parish located in Lancashire, England.. Along with its northerly neighbour, Blackburn, it forms the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen - a unitary authority area.. It is known locally as "Darren", and its residents are known as "Darreners".. The main road through Darwen is the A666..

8 (Eight) is the natural number following 7 and preceding 9..8 and 9 form a Ruth–Aaron pair under the second definition in which repeated prime factors are counted as often as they occur..A cube has 8 vertices..In geometry, a vertex (plural vertices) is a special kind of point that describes the corners or intersections of geometric shapes..The modern 8 glyph, like all modern Hindu-Arabic numerals (other than zero) originates with the Brahmi numerals..The numeral 8 in Greek numerals, developed in Classical Greece by the 5th century BC, was written as Η, the 8th letter of the Greek alphabet..H-dropping is the omission of an initial /h/ sound in words like house, heat, and hangover... It was formerly common for an rather than a to be used as the indefinite article before a word beginning with /h/ in an unstressed syllable, as in "an hotel"..The figure-8 knot is a type of knot.. It is very important in both sailing and rock climbing as a method of stopping ropes from running out of retaining devices..The red pigment lycopene consists of 8 isoprene units..The 8th tooth is the so-called wisdom tooth..The chemical symbol of hydrogen is H..Force 8 is the first wind strength attributed to a gale on the Beaufort scale when announced on a Shipping Forecast... the troops don't leave Santa Maya in 84 hours flat..Princess Wendy will be darthed.. Her royal blood it will be spilled..Her head will be filled with lead...

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