June 1982 and British forces are closing in on Port Stanley, but Argentine forces (FAA) hold a series of rocky mountain tops that shield the port .
In a move to secure a key peak that overlooks the line of advance for the main British force, a battalion group consisting of 8 PARA, with artillery (FOO) and naval gunfire (NGS) observers as well as other supporting elements are to stealthily sail into Penguin Cove aboard RFA Sir Gregory, under cover of darkness and move quickly ashore to carry out a night attack against Mount Hoedown, approaching from the West.
The objective looks like this:
Mount Hoedown is defended by an infantry company supported by a platoon of Marines and two 81mm mortar sections. The FAA believe the threat comes mostly from the north and mines have been laid and two .50 cal machine guns in sangars cover the open ground in this direction. The mortars have also a number of DFs covering likely approaches.
Things do not go well for the British from the outset. Sir Gregory is late departing and arrives in Penguin Cove three hours late. It is imperative that she is back out to sea well before first light due to the enemy air threat. The delay means that only half of 8 PARA is able to land (B & D Companies) with their artillery observers. Most of the heavy weapons and the Forward Air Controller remain aboard. A Harrier strike is scheduled for 07:00 on RED CARD. 8 PARA will have no way of adjusting this, having to relay messages via Brigade HQ, rather than talking directly to the pilots.
Abandoning the operation is considered, but seizing Mount Hoedown is key to other operations against other FAA positions. So, it is decided that D Company will race forward and capture the first knoll known as FREE KICK. B Company will pass through and clear CENTRE SPOT and RED CARD. A mortar section will support along with two sections of machine guns.
At 06:30 D Company is approaching the western crags and so far has not been detected by FAA defenders:
Almost at the crags D Company is spotted as FAA troops turn to the west and mortar rounds begin to land amongst the paratroopers. Two soldiers fall, one killed and one wounded:
Under cover of smoke from the British mortars D Company edges closer to the crags:
At around 06:55 B Company arrives and begins to move up to relieve D Company and push on towards RED CARD: