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OPORD OPERATION ABSOLON I

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OPORD OPERATION ABSOLON I

 

TO: A COY, 2 PARA BN.

FROM: SILBOT, LT, OC 1 PLT, A COY, 2 PARA BN.

SUBJECT: OPERATION ABSOLON I 052000ZAPR20

         

         

++++++++++++++++++BEGINS++++++++++++++++++

       

I. PRELIMS

TIME: 0900L 29 MAY 1982    

WEATHER: Clear skies, foggy, chance of rain and snow    

CURRENT POS: 2 PARA STAGING AREA, Falkland Islands

TASK ORG;

10A: Lt Silbot

10B: Sgt Scarle    

11C: Cpl Ainsley    

12C: Cpl Joyce

13C: Cpl McPherson

41A: Cpl Cullen

44A: A/LCpl Tasner   

 

II.SITUATION

The conflict began on 2 April, when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands, followed by the invasion of South Georgia the next day. On 5 April, the British government dispatched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Air Force before making an amphibious assault on the islands.

We are tasked with the retaking of the town of Darwin and of Goose Green with the aim of repelling Argentine forces from the island. 

i.GROUND

The Falkland Islands have a land area of 4,700 square miles (12,000 km2) and a coastline estimated at 800 miles (1,300 km). The archipelago consists of two main islands, West Falkland and East Falkland, and about 776 smaller islands. The islands are predominantly mountainous and hilly, with the major exception being the depressed plains of Lafonia (a peninsula forming the southern part of East Falkland). The islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, on the Patagonian Shelf, about 300 miles (480 km) east of Patagonia in southern Argentina.       

ii.ENEMY FORCES

Known & Suspected En. Positions: As of mid-April it is estimated that the Argentine forces number 10,000 troops. However, it is known that these are poorly trained conscripts.    

We believe that the Argentine forces have set up extensive trenches and defences on what is known as Darwin Ridge.
They are occupying both the towns of Darwin and that of Goose Green. At this time we are unable to verify the location of the locals from each of those townships.

 

Strength: 12th Regiment (RI 12) of the 3rd (Jungle) Infantry Brigade under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Italo A. Piaggi.

 

Morale: High.    

 

Weaponry: FAL 7.62, FN MAG, M20 “Super Bazooka” an assortment of WW2 bolt action rifles used in the Sniper role.    

 

IDF: 82mm PODNOS, OTO Melara Mod 56, CITER L33 Guns

 

Vehicles: None    

Aircraft: A4 Skyhawk, Pucara, Mirage    

Mine/IED Threat: HIGH

 iii. ENEMY INTENT

To repel the British forces attempt to reclaim the Islands

       

iv. FRIENDLY FORCES

2 & 3 Parachute Regiment

800 Naval Air Squadron based on HMS Hermes

3 Commando Brigade

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery

5 Infantry Brigade
22 SAS 

        

III. MISSION

 

Move South-west clearing out enemy positions and occupations in the towns of Darwin, Goose Green and Goose Green Airport.     

IV. OWN MAIN EFFORT

This will be a 5 phase operation!

Phase 1

1 Plt will move from the platoon harbour to the start line.

Flt are to begin bombing of the Goose Green Airfield. Once completed they are to provide air cover for the infantry assaults. They are not to engage any ground targets as we are unaware if British civilians are being used as shields

Phase 2

1/1 will head to Burntside House and determine who the occupants are. If they are British civilians they are to be left alone, if they are Argentinian, then the threat they are to be eliminated or arrested.   

1/2 and 1/3 are to continue heading south-west skirting to the right of the minefield.  

4/1 are to move to their OP and set up and to engage what enemy threats they can see across the water in support of the assault on Darwin and to give BDA on bomb strikes.

Phase 3

1/1 will move from Burntside House staying to the left of the minefield and clearing through the area known as Coronation Point. Then push through to assault the left side of the bunker emplacements held in the area known as Darwin Hill.

1/2 are to assault the centre of the bunker emplacements held in the area known as Darwin Hill.

1/3 are to assault the right side of the bunker emplacements held in the area known as Darwin Hill.

4/1 are to cross the water using boats left by SAS and attempt to clear the small town of Darwin.

   

Phase 4

1/1 are to continue pushing south-west to clear the building known as the “School House”. They will then hold this point.

1/2 are to push through and move toward the airfield.

1/3 are to clear the building known as the “Boca House”.

4/1 are to set up a base of fire in the town of Darwin.

Phase 5

1/2 are to clear through the small airfield and destroy whatever remains of the Argentine Airforce. Then move in support of 1/3 as they clear Goose Green.

1/3 are to move at speed as 1/2 clear the airfield then when they have done so, clear through the town of Goose Green.

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VI. ORDERS GROUP

Time: 2015GMT

Location: Determined by the OC

         

VII. CSS

Dress: DPM uniforms.

Equipment: Kept at Blue Beach 2, inserted by Puma to HLS Warrilow via 13AASR

Weapons: L1A1 SLR, L7A2 GPMG, L2A3 Sterling, L42A1 Sniper Rifle, Rocket 66 mm HEAT L1A1,  Blowpipe MANPADS, CARL GUSTAV AT.

Ammo: As per SOP. Ammo kept at Blue Beach 2, inserted by Puma to HLS Warrilow via 13AASR

Meds: CTM and CSMR. Reinsertion by Puma from Blue Beach 2 to HLS Warrilow.

POWs / Detainees: To be taken to the CCP and handed to 4/4 to be taken to Blue Beach 2.

         

VIII. COMMAND AND SIGNAL

i. Command: Lt Silbot (10A), Sgt Scarle (10B), Cpl Ainsley (11C), Cpl Cullen (41A).

ii. Signals: 152/117 Channels; Platoon Net Channel 1, Platoon Extra Channel 2, Command Net Channel 3, Logistics Net Channel 4, Fires Net Channel 5, Flight Internal Channel 6, Flight CAS Channel 7, Flight Logi & Medical Channel 8, Medical Internal Channel 9.

iii. Challenge/Response: Scotland / Wales

         

++++++++++++++++++ENDS++++++++++++++++++

 

 

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