San Carlos to Stanley

40 Commando in the Falklands War

Peter Jackson-Lee

This book tells 40 Commandos untold role in the Falklands with many personal accounts from the officers and men of 40 Commando including being stranded in a minefield for several hours and a daylight helicopter assault onto Argentine positions on Sapper Hill under heavy fire.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
16 b/w photos, 1 map
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915070890
Pages : 170
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


San Carlos to Stanley is the first history of 40 Commando in the Falklands and dispels the belief that their only role was to look after the beachhead during this conflict. Commadore Clapp requested the men of 40 Commando remain at San Carlos as he knew he could trust them to defend his vital anchorage against Argentine counterattack from West Falkland, without which there could be no advance. Initially tasked to fly to the Falklands as tension heightened prior to the Argentine invasion, A Company, 40 Commando eventually left the UK onboard HMS Hermes ahead of the main task force.

After the Sir Tristram and Sir Galahad tragedy, A and C Companies, 40 Commando replaced the Welsh Guards’ losses and moved forward with that battalion to be the reserve force for the Scots Guards’ attack on Mount Tumbledown and the 1/7 Gurkhas attack on Mount William.

Men of 40 Commando were involved in the only daylight helicopter assault of the Falklands conflict, against an Argentine position on Sapper Hill, and if the Argentines had not surrendered and all British movements stopped, C Company followed by A Company would have been first to reach Stanley.

San Carlos to Stanley has many personal accounts from officers and men of 40 Commando including the Ajax Bay and San Carlos bombing which resulted in numerous casualties including two fatalities.

About The Author

Peter is a former Royal Marine who served with 40 Commando during the Falklands, which was to be followed by a return trip to the Falkland’s and South Georgia in 1984 as part of a Royal Marines ships detachment. Following his nine years in the Royal Marines Peter embarked on a career in the building industry in both the public and private sector where Peter became the senior architectural technician and War Memorials Officer for a local council. During his career, Peter successfully designed several war memorials including one for Operation Frankton. Peter has previously written two engineering books on the Mersey Tunnels and his first military book, titled Courage After the Battle.

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