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OPORD OPERATION ABSOLON III

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OPORD OPERATION ABSOLON III
TO: A COY, 2 PARA BN.
FROM: SILBOT, LT, OC 1 PLT, A COY, 2 PARA BN.
SUBJECT: OPERATION ABSOLON III 052000ZJUL20


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

I. PRELIMS
TIME: 0400L 11TH JUNE 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
43A: LCpl Keeling
44A: 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 reclaiming the capital city of Port Stanley and its outlying hamlets.

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 now know that the Argentine Forces are refusing to surrender and are willing to fight to the last man to retain the Falkland Islands.
Strength: 602 Commando Company under Major Aldo Rico. 4th Monte Caseros Infantry Regiment (RI 4) under Lieutenant Colonel Diego Alejandro. Remaining scattered units from the islands already taken areas.
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.
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
HMS Hermes

III. MISSION
To reclaim the city of Port Stanley and its outlying hamlets.

IV. OWN MAIN EFFORT

This will be a 6 phase operation!

WE ARE UNDER BOMBARDMENT FROM ARTILLERY. DO NOT VENTURE OUTSIDE OF MT WILLIAM UNLESS ORDERED TO DO SO.

Phase 1

FST are move North toward the suspected enemy Artillery/Anti Air position firing upon Mt William. Once they have it under observation, and are sure of no civilian presence, they will call in the fighters from HMS Hermes to eliminate it. No flight assets are to leave HMS Hermes until the call from FST is given.

4-1 are to make a rapid assault onto Objective Black. They are to secure this for use as a fire base for their mortars. With that in mind, no heavy munitions can be used to clear  Objective Black.

1-1, 1-2, 1-3 are to move North toward Olwyn House . This is the first staging area. From Olwyn House they are to clear Objective Blue. Once secure this will be the CCP and Logistic centre for further operations.

4-3 are to trail behind 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and will respond as ATO to any discovered Mines or enemy munitions. They will also be required when not dealing with the above, to be handling Logistics request and reinsertion's.

4-4 are to attach themselves where they or the Coy commander sees fit. However one medic must be retained in Objective Blue.

Phase 2

FST once the Artillery and Anti Air has been destroyed are to radio into the company so that the supply Helicopter is safe to travel. They are then to link up Coy command and provide CAS and Mortar control for the assault on Objectives Orange, Red, Green and Purple.

4-1 are expected to provide Mortar support to the Coy. However, we estimate that Objective Black is a key observation post and it is most likely that Argentine forces will try and recover it. It must be held at all costs.

1-1, 1-2, 1-3 are to clear through sector Orange. This will be a two up with 1-1 in reserve. 1-2 are to take the left side of the Objective and 1-3 the right.

Phase 3


Once Objective Orange is secure 1-2 and 1-3 will hold on its eastern outskirts. 1-1 are to move forward and secure the POW camp. If any prisoners are being held there, they are to call in 4-4 to remove them to Objective Blue.

Phase 4

1-2 and 1-3 are to link up with 1-1 and begin the assault through Objective Yellow. This will be three- up with no reserve. 1-1 on the left, 1-2 in the centre and 1-3 on the right.

Phase 5

1-1 and 1-3 are to begin a slow push through Objective Red. 1-2 will break off and push through Sector Purple. There initial advance will be covered by smoke from 4-1.

Phase 6

1-2 and 1-3 are to clear Objective Green. Once Objective Green is held, the Coy is to hold firm and await further orders from HQ.

VI. ORDERS GROUP
Time: 2015GMT
Location: Determined by the OC

VII. CSS
Dress: DPM uniforms.
Equipment: Kept at Gold Beach, inserted by Puma to Objective Blue via 13AASR
Weapons: L1A1 SLR, L7A2 GPMG, L2A3 Sterling, L42A1 Sniper Rifle, Rocket 66 mm HEAT L1A1, Blowpipe MANPADS,
Carl Gustav Anti-Tank Launcher.
Ammo: As per SOP. Ammo kept at Gold Beach, inserted by Puma to Objective Blue via 13AASR
Meds: CTM and CSMR. Reinsertion by Puma from Gold Beach to Objective Blue.
POWs / Detainees: To be taken to Objective Blue to then be taken to Gold Beach.

VIII. COMMAND AND SIGNAL
i. Command: Lt Silbot (10A), Sgt Scarle(10B), Cpl Ainsley (11C), Cpl Cullen (41A).
ii. Signals: 148/117 Channels; Plt Net Channel 1, Flight Handover Channel 2, Command Net Channel 3, Logistics Net Channel 4, Fires Net
Channel 5, Flight Internal Channel 6, Tac Air Channel 7, Flight Logistics Channel 8, Medical Internal Channel 9.
iii. Challenge/Response: Scotland / Wales

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

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