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More than a decade later, Vincent Bramley is still fighting the battle of Mount Longdon, but this time he is fighting it alone. In some cases involving crimes by the military, jurisdiction is a problem: this would not apply in the Falklands, over which Britain retains sovereignty. He never intended, he maintains, that his book should represent any kind of accusation against his fellow Paras.

Excursion to Hell: Mount Longdon, a Universal Story of Battle

In the Queens Hotel in Aldershot - one of the bars which Vincent Bromley no longer visits - it is closing time. The previous day, Private Carbone had also been evacuated after he shot himself in his left thigh while inside his tent, as revealed in the book Two Sides of Hell ( Bloomsbury Publishing, 1994). This was a terrific opportunity for the rifle companies to work with the Army Aviation and it was excellent value.Defensive positions were, for the most part, secure and well-sited, their approaches covered by mortar emplacements and snipers with state-of-the-art night-sights. According to the account of Private Victor José Bruno, Baldini was killed as he tried to unjam a machine gun.

14 photo memories of Bramley in 1997 - Yorkshire Evening Post 14 photo memories of Bramley in 1997 - Yorkshire Evening Post

Malcolm Rifkind is known to take a particularly strong line, especially in the context of Northern Ireland, on the need for soldiers not to be seen as above the law. In the wake of press stories, MPs demanded an inquiry, and in August 1992 Malcolm Rifkind, the Secretary of State for Defence, asked Scotland Yard to investigate the claims made in Bramley's book. Sergeant McKay, realising something needed to be done, decided to attack the Marine position that was causing so much damage.The Battle of Mount Longdon was a battle fought between the British 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment and elements of the Argentine 7th Infantry Regiment on 11–12 June 1982, towards the end of the Falklands War. Major Carrizo-Salvadores manoeuvred Castañeda's reinforced platoon to close with 4 and 5 Platoons; meanwhile, under the direction of Corporal Jorge Daniel Arribas, part of Castañeda's platoon converged on the British aid post.

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After the Falklands War he transferred from the Parachute Regiment to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps; and while serving with that regiment was convicted of possession of pyrotechnics and sentenced to three years' imprisonment (in the course of which he wrote Excursion to Hell). He claims that a comrade from 3 Para described how he and another comrade took three enemies prisoner at Longdon, only to discover that they were, apparently, US citizens fighting as mercenaries on the Argentine side. The choice of songs indicates less that the Green Eyes were Nazis than that they took their military role-models where they found them.Fitzroy are saturated, and Teal Inlet busy with 3 Para casualties from an all-night stonking of Mount Longdon by enemy artillery. I told Parker everyone in the regiment had known about it (the clifftop killing) for 10 years,' Bramley says. As A Company was clearing the final positions, Corporal McLaughlin was injured by a Czekalski recoilless rifle round fired from Wireless Ridge (reportedly the anti-tank gun operated by Corporals Julio César Canteros and Jorge Norberto González from the 7th Regiment Recce Platoon on nearby 'Rough Diamond') and was subsequently killed by an 81mm round fired from First Sergeant Mario Ricardo Alcaide's Mortar Platoon also on 'Rough Diamond' as he was making his way to the aid post.

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