In April 1982, the Argentine military invaded the Falkland Islands. On leave at the time, 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was recalled to barracks and joined the hastily assembled task force to recover the Islands.
For the soldiers of 2 PARA, the Falklands War would be an arduous campaign. At the Battle of Goose Green, they would lose their commander, Colonel ‘H’ Jones, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.
Later, they would fight at Wireless Ridge, the final gateway to Port Stanley. There, D Company played the decisive role, but suffered a deadly artillery barrage from their own guns in the closing moments,
In this revealing talk, Philip Neame will shed light on what it was like to lead and serve during the Falklands Campaign.
Philip Neame served for six years in the RAF Regiment and 20 years in the Parachute Regiment. He received a Mention In Despatches for his service in the Falklands War.
He is now deputy chairman of the Ulysses Trust, which provides financial support to encourage members of the Volunteer Reserve and Cadet Forces to undertake expeditions. He was awarded an MBE for services to Reserve and Cadet Forces in 2017.