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The Battle of Wireless Ridge 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 Mount Tumbledown was one the last major engagements of the war, resulting in the Argentine surrender soon afterwards.
British forces in this battle consisted of around 600 men; the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment, a troop from the Blues and Royals who were equipped with two Scorpion light tanks and two Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles. Artillery support was provided by two batteries of 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery and naval gunfire from HMS Ambuscade.
Commanding the British was Lieutenant-Colonel David Chaundler who had had to been flown to the Falkland Islands, and dropped into the sea from an RAF Hercules, as a replacement commander after the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Jones in the Battle of Goose Green.
Argentine forces consisted of 7th Infantry Regiment, augmented by detachments from other units.
Argentine resistance was stiff, but the British eventually prevailed. British losses were 3 dead and 11 wounded. The Argentines suffered 25 dead and 125 wounded. Additionally, the 37 Argentine prisoners were taken by the British.
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