By Nick van der Bijl, David Aldea
For many folks it used to be three Commando Brigade, commanded through significant basic Julian Thompson, and made from Royal Marines and Para's that recaptured the Falklands. but fifth Infantry Brigade performed a key and beforehand little said function during this notable saga. Cobbled jointly in haste (having been stripped of its resources to convey three Commando Brigade as much as strength), it comprised largely of 2 Guards battalions (2nd Scots and 1st Welsh) and the Gurkhas. Many felt it used to be inadequately proficient whilst it sailed from Southampton at the QE 2 and this view was once given substance via early mess ups similar to the tragedy at Bluff Cove. but by way of the tip, its contribution, of which Tumbledown is the easiest recognized, couldn't be denied. Why then was once its commander (Brigadier Tony Wilson) so conspicuously overlooked while the medals and have been passed out?
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81 Ordnance Company, reinforced by 91 Ordnance Company, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, provided logistic and ordnance support. Like 4th Field Regiment, 81 Ordnance Company was a Priority One NATO unit and its deployment also had to be kept discreet. 10th Field Workshops, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, provided repair and maintenance support for transport, weapons and electrical and electronics equipment. The Brigade did not have an integral transport unit and was supported by 407 Troop, Royal Corps of Transport, which was commanded by Lieutenant Paul Ash.
Captain Aldwin Wight of the Welsh Guards led a Special Air Service patrol during the campaign. Three former Welsh Guards serving with the Special Air Service were killed when their Sea King suffered a bird strike on 19 May. Those who painted an inaccurate and unsubstantiated myth about the wisdom of sending the Guards to the Falklands have done the Guardsmen a major disservice. With the departure of 3rd Parachute Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade was now left with two infantry battalions, 2nd Parachute Battalion and 1/7th Gurkha Rifles.
With 5th Infantry Brigade still a battalion short, London District was again instructed to transfer one of the two remaining Guards battalions. The Grenadier Guards had just returned from the British Army of the Rhine and were therefore still in an armoured frame of mind and consequently on 14 April Major-General Langley selected 2nd Scots Guards to join the Task Force. Commanded in 1982 by Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Scott, the Scots Guards’ ninety battle honours reflect the regiment’s distinguished history.