By Jon Cooksey

June 1982, and in the course of a South Atlantic wintry weather, the Falklands conflict is at its peak. The Parachute Regiment has already been in motion - 2 Para securing a difficult fought victory at Darwin-Goose eco-friendly at a heavy rate in killed and wounded together with their CO, Lieutenant Colonel 'H' Jones, later offered a posthumous VC.

Now, weeks later, as they give the impression of being up on the lengthy, frost shattered spines of rock which stab the air from the summit of Mount Longdon at the outer ring of the Stanley defences, the 'toms' of three Para are aware of it is their flip. As they arrange to attack their pursuits - beneficial properties code named 'wing forward', 'fly part' and 'full back'- the lads of three Para be aware of they're in for a struggle. previous to 'zero' a few of them are easily informed to wish.

This, the 1st in a brand new sequence on precise Operations, tells the tale of three Para and the often-neglected fight for Mount Longdon. It was once a conflict which established the self-discipline, comradeship and professionalism of the paras to the restrict; it used to be a conflict which witnessed one other posthumous VC; it grew to become out to be the bloodiest conflict of the complete Falklands crusade.

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We try to pinpoint the locale of the events on the map: barely seventy kilometers northwest of our destination on the Cononaco. But Sam is convinced that the attack was made by the Tageiri group, an aggressive, nomadic group of 30 or 40 Auca living north of the upper Cononaco in the Tivacuno and Tiputini river area. Invited by army leaders, Sam helps with the reconstruction of the ambush and tries to free the Cononaco group from suspicion. All fiights over Auca territory have been forbidden except with special permission; and Sam is now particularly proud to be able to hand over a letter to us with instructions from the Chief of the General Staff, General Cabrera, for the commander of the Twentieth Bush Brigade in Pastaza to give us the necessary help and support far our forthcoming fiight.

But the animals hunted with the weapon, mainly monkeys and birds, are almost all tree-dwellers, so before the weapon is fired it is placed in an alm ost vertical position with arms bent. But even so the hunter cannot afford to hesitate, for the gun's center of gravity leaves hirn only a few Reeting moments to aim. Cincawae gives us a practical demonstration. He positions the blowgun with his muscular arms, distends his cheek-muscles and - swish! - the white-dotted dart is stuck high in a treetrunk twenty meters away.

The children as weIl as a few of the adults have followed us to the sm all stream and taken up their positions around uso They find everything we do new and 61 interesting, starting with the comic ritual of brushing our teeth. But the high point of the performance is unquestionably the magical conjuring trick with the white foam that comes out of that peculiar can and which that strange Cuwudi spreads on his face. Incredulous, alm ost afraid, they stare open-mouthed, their bodies frozen in amazement.

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