The Argentinians had deploied forces on the three mountains dominating the approaches to Port Stanley. From north to south Mount Longdon, Two Sisters and Mount Harriet were each held by weak battalion strength units from the 4th, 6th, 7th, and 12th regiments. Three British battalions were chosen to assault these position on the night of the 11th/12th June. 3 Para would take Mount Longdon, 45 Commando Two Sisters and 42 Commando Mount Harriet. The operation was supported by the guns of 29th Commando regiment and naval gunfire from a number of Royal Navy frigates.
On Mount Longdon 3 Paras silent attack was discovered when one of the men stepped on a mine. Fighting was fierce, and in a battle lasting for over 9 hours the battalion took 45 casualties, the most of any unit in the campaign. Fighting continued until dawn. Exposed in the daylight 3 Para took more casualties from shell fire.
45 Commando made a two pronged assault on Two Sisters. Firstly, X company and the Milan troop advanced directly up the western slopes, later joined by Y and Z companies from the north-west. The summit was secured a few hours before dawn.
42 Commando sent two companies and the Milan troop in a wide march to the south of Mount Harriet, skirting the Argentinian mine fields. They managed to approach to within a few hundred metres of the defensive position before being detected. After initial resistance the last position crumbled.,P. As a postscript, whilst leaving just after dawn one of the frigates, H.M.S. Glamorgan, was hit by a ``lorry" launched Exocet missile.
The Argentinians may lay 20 4" x 4" square marked mine fields within 12" of their positions. These should be laid after the British have decided their starting positions, but before they have deploied on the table.
The British use the following start lines: 3 Para Furzel Bush Pass, 45 Cdo Murrel Bridge, 42 Cdo behind Wall Mountain.
Once contact has been made with all three hill top commands the Argentine player may start to roll for reenforcements, needing a 6 on a D6. If successful roll below:
1-4 Nothing 5 2 Pltns from 5 BIM try to cross from Mount Tumbeldown on foot. 6 `A' Company RI 3 enters along northern track in truck.The game lasts for 30 turns (after which time dawn and the open terrain makes any further action highly dangerous). If the British hold all three peaks then they have victory. If they hold two peaks they have a marginal victory. One peak gives the Argentines a marginal victory. If the Argentines hold all peaks then they gain victory.
There is a route scouted off the southern edge of the board that gives a covered approach from behind Wall mountain to the road south of Mount Harriet. Any British unit may make this journey in D6+6 game turns.
BHQ: CO (Lieut. Colonel Pike) + 5 figures (2" mort.) 3 Companies: 8 figures (1 LAW, 2 LAD) Support Company: 3 Milan-1 ATGW 2 81mm mortar 1 MMG 1 .50cal AAHMG 14 figures
BHQ: CO (Lieut. Colonel Whitehead) + 5 figures (2" mort.) 3 Companies: 8 figures (1 LAW, 2 LAD) Support Company: 3 Milan-1 ATGW (From 40 Commando RM) 2 81mm mortar 1 MMG 12 figures
BHQ: CO (Lieut. Colonel Vaux) + 5 figures (2" mort.) 3 Companies: 8 figures (1 LAW, 2 LAD) Support Company: 3 Milan-1 ATGW 2 81mm mortar 1 MMG 12 figures
2 Observer teams 2 figures 3 Batteries 1 105mm How. 1 Frigate 1 4.2" Gun.
HQ: CO (Major Salvadores) + 2 figures B Company RI 7: 8 figures (1 Baz) Ca Ing 10 (Pltn) 4 figures (Engineers) (Regular) Ca AM 12.7/IM (Pltn): 2 .50cal HMG (Regular) 4 figures
HQ: CO (Majors Cordon & Jaimet) + 2 figures B Company RI 6: 8 figures (1 Baz) C Company RI 4: 8 figures (1 Baz) Support Company: 1 120mm mortar 1 81mm mortar 1 105mm RCL (Gun class 2) 1 .50cal HMG 9 figures
HQ: CO (Lieut. Col. Soria) + 5 figures BrI III Defence Company 4 figures B Company RI 4: 8 figures (1 Baz) C Company RI 12 (Pltn): 8 figures (1 Baz) (Poor) Support Company: 1 120mm mortar 1 81mm mortar 1 105mm RCL (Gun class 2) 1 .50cal HMG 9 figures
1 Observer team 2 figures 3 Batteries (GA 3) 1 105mm M56 How. 1 Battery (GA 101) 1 155mm L33 How.
2 Pltns 5 BIM: 4 figures A Company RI 3: 8 figures (1 Baz) 1 Medium Truck``The Fight for the Malvinas - The Argentine forces in the Falklands" Martin Middlebrook, Viking 1989.