At the height of the bitter battle for Mount Longdon during the Falklands War , 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment’s assault has stalled in the face of determined resistance. With his platoon held up by an Argentine machine gun, it falls to Sergeant Ian McKay to act. The machine gun has to be silenced to break the deadlock. Gathering a small group together, Ian McKay leads them in a headlong dash into the teeth of a withering fire. One by one they fall until only Ian McKay is left, charging on alone towards the Argentine gun and a place in history. His was the final act of a man who lived, breathed and was shaped by the Parachute Regiment: an act which earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross. This is the story of Ian McKay: the last British hero of the Twentieth Century.
FALKLANDS HERO Ian McKay: the Last VC of the 20th Century
Two Victoria Crosses were won in the Falklands. One, famously, by Colonel H Jones. The other, less well-known but just as worthy, is the subject of this book : Sgt Ian McKay of 3rd Para, who sacrificed his life to silence a machine gun that was holding up the conquest of the strategically vital Mount Longmore.
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HB, 256 pp