Please take the time to view the video and bear witness to the sacrifice of 3 Para and our attachments
A huge thank you to all those who took the photographs in the video, particularly Photojournalist Tom Smith and Sgt Gramham Colbeck, who's photos have immortalised our struggle.
This book is the definitive account of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment during the Falklands campaign. However, it concentrates on last three days of the campaign, and has been put together with the goodwill of over 60 battalion members and attachments who took part in the campaign, this is the heartbreaking story of young men, some just on the cusp of adulthood. Many people forget that the Task Force that sailed South in 1982 consisted of many young men who today would not be allowed to go into a combat zone. But, in 1982, I believe due to the haste of the campaign, 3 Para went into battle with 10 seventeen-year-olds and 42 eighteen years-olds, and many of them would shed their blood, and some would pay the ultimate price for the freedom of the Falkland Islands.
I asked my ex-Commanding Officer Sir Hew Pike if he would be kind enough to read through the book, to make sure he had no objections to the content and if it would be possible for him to write the foreword, below is his reply, it sums up what the book is all about.
I have spent last night having a good read of the book before I go away today, and I really must congratulate you. Particularly strong is the overall picture of the awful nature of the fighting, the teamwork, the comradeship, and the courage in supporting others and the humour, I could go on. Also very strong are the descriptions of casevac and the backup side of the battle.
I wouldn't dream of suggesting that you change a single word. It is a marvellous tribute to the courage and tenacity of the men of 3 PARA and you should be very proud of what you have achieved for them all. Of course, I will do a Foreword for your book, it would be a privilege
All good wishes
"IF EVER A BOOK DESERVED TO BE TURNED INTO
A CLASSIC BRITISH WAR FILM
ITS THIS ONE"
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Many veterans of war or conflicts who have returned injured or unharmed are seen to have survived and they are lauded as heroes, but this often creates its own pressures, because in many of them, on the inside, almost everything is broken, and this goes unseen. The war may have ended, but the sights, sounds, smells and emotions of war are etched onto the brain's hard drive. These memories are as clear and vivid as the moment a particular incident happened, and often can return unexpectedly, producing very deep emotions, that can be hard to control, ranging from depression, deep grief, floods of tears, to rage. Unintentionally, the veterans have simply brought the war home.
Many will find ways to cope, by either seeking comradeship with other survivors, or going a totally opposite route, by distancing themselves, some seek solace in drink or drugs, but, eventually with some individuals the pressures will rise to uncontrollable levels, the disturbing thing is, episodes of crisis can often come completely out of the blue, as veterans have often struggled for years to keep a lid on the pressure cooker bubbling away in their head.
If you are a veteran who is struggling, please ask for help, “it’s ok, to say, I’m not ok” ring a friend and ask for help.