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The Battle of Mount Tumbledown was a battle fought on the night of June 13th to June 14th, 1982. The battle resulted in the British gaining control of the heights that overlooked Port Stanley, and along with the Battle of Wireless Ridge was one the last major engagements of the war, resulting in the Argentine surrender soon afterwards.
British forces in this battle consisted of around 900 men; the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guard with mortar detachments from 42 Commando (42 CDO) Royal Marines and the 1/7th Duke f Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, supported by a troop from the Blues and Royals who were equipped with two Scorpion light tanks and two Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles. Additionally, naval gunfire support was provided by HMS Active and HMS Yarmouth.
Argentine forces consisted of 5th Marine Infantry Battalion (BIM 5), augmented by a company of the Amphibious Engineers Company (CKIA), a battery of the 1st Marine Artillery Battalion (BIAC), three Tigercat SAM batteries of the 1st Marine Anti-Aircraft Regiment and a heavy-machine company of the Headquarter's Battalion (BICO).
The fighting was hard and bitter, at times involving close quarter fighting with fixed bayonets. British forces suffered 9 killed and 51 wounded, and the Argentines suffered 30 killed, with a further 30 taken prisoner.
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