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Green-Eyed Boys: 3 Para and the Battle for Mount Longdon [Paperback]

Christian Jennings , Adrian Weale
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18 Nov 1996
The bloodiest battle fought by the British Army since the Korean War occurred in the Falkland Islands in June 1982. Allegations have emerged of incompetence, cowardice and murder by British soldiers. This account of what happened on Longdon is based on eyewitness interviews and primary sources.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (18 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000638448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006384489
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 3rd Battalion of the British Army's Parachute Regiment (3 Para ), the 'Green Eyed Boys' were a clique of junior soldiers who developed their own fantasy culture of aggressive elitism. After years of peace, they longed for an opportunity to prove their worth outside the frustrating confines of Northern Ireland and Salisbury Plain. That chance came in April 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands.

On the night of 11/12 June the battalion began its assault on Mount Longdon. In a sustained feat of courage and tenacity, 3 Para achieved its objectives at the price of losing nearly a quarter of its fighting strength killed or wounded. But there was a darker side to the heroism of the Paras , which resulted in a full scale, if inconclusive, war crimes investigation.

'Green-Eyed Boys', based entirely on eyewitness interviews and primary sources, reveals fully for the first time what actually happened during and immediately after that horrific night-time battle.

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Interesting insight into the army culture and lifestyle of various members of the Parachute Regiment leading up to and including the events during the battle for Mount Longdon. Most people associate Goose Green as the significant battle the Paras (2nd Battalion) took part in during the Falklands, and as a result the events on Longdon tend to be overshadowed in most books concerning the Falklands. It is therefore a breath of fresh air to see that the efforts of the 3rd Battalion are still remembered, and are well documented in this book. The chapter detailing the battle is engrossing although limited in that it gave a description of the events through the eyes of only a handful of soldiers (namely within B company). Granted, this book was specifically about these soldiers, however i was left feeling as though there should be a follow up book which describes the battle in more detail and from a wider viewpoint. On the whole though it is refreshing to see that the soldiers from 3 para have not been forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality hits home 18 Dec 2013
By Gaz
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Some men are cut from a different cloth and pay the ultimate price, such men were to be found fighting on Mount Longdon. An excellent, disturbing and humbling read. The reality of conflict and the effect it has on the men who fight the battles during and after the act is all here, recommended reading and definitely not hollywood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 16 Nov 2010
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Read by myself and then agin, recently, by my boyfriend who used to be in the Army. He undestood some of the terminology better than I did. I found it an easier read than some other military books I hve read. Unexpectedly, there were some really funny bits in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're in the Army now! 27 Mar 2005
As a former soldier who did not serve in the Falklands (before my time!) I thought this book was a great read and very informative. I can understand why it does not appeal to everybody as a lot of the things squaddies get up to can turn the stomachs of civilians but, nonetheless, it is an incredibly accurate insight into the lives and lifestyles of serving soldiers.
The book essentially covers three subjects, seemlessly narrowing in on the main topic as they go. A general introduction to the army and its environment is followed by a more specific introduction to the parachute regiment, culminating in the Falklands campaign and the action fought by 3 Para to take Longdon.
The style is very easy to read and will be a real 'eye-opener' for both soldiers and civilians alike. Anybody who has been under fire will identify immediately with both the fear and the gallows humour that prevails under such circumstances. At many points in the book I found myself laughing out loud having been reminded of various military 'traditions' and situations which crop up from time to time in any serviceman's career.
There was also a deep and abiding respect for 3 Para and what they achieved in attacking an enemy of equal strength, well entrenched on high ground, with no artillery support (a situation all the text books tell you should be avoided) and winning through as a result of exceptional training, discipline, courage, and force of will.
There is also a lot of peripheral information about the Falklands campaign in general, outlining for example some of the ridiculous mistakes that were made during the course of the war and how the soldiers overcame the resulting problems in order to succeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mud blood guts and glory 17 Feb 2003
By simon gurney HALL OF FAME
Green-eyed boys is a highly readable detailed account of the Parachute regiments assault on Mount Longdon, during the Falklands conflict.
The authors approach the whole conflict from a fairly neutral viewpoint and quickly dispel many of the rumours and myths that have grown up since the conflict, the argentinian defenders of both goose green and mount longdon, although mostly poorly trained and motivated conscripts provided good accounts of themselves, contrary to popular belief.
The rumours of war crimes and excecutions carried out by the so called green eyed boys from the paras, is the central core of the book, and the facts are laid out plainly with many eyewitness accounts, and the stories are most definately laid to rest here.
The book is very well researched and offers analysis and critique throughout.
The Paras are followed from peacetime through the task force right through the landings battles and finally the defeat of the argentinians and capture of Port Stanley, the main events of the conflict are detailed, but the battle for mount longdon accounts for the bulk of the book and the pace slows somewhat during the blow for blow account provided, intersperced with the many personal accounts of individual paras.
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