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    Use of the L42 in the Falklands Conflict

    Anybody know how many L42's went to the Falklands? Which companies used them? Have seen some pictures with S&B's - was that common for just this campaign? Ron( Canadaicon)

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    I never heard of S&B's going down there but others might say so. I'd want evidence though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Laidlericon View Post
    I never heard of S&B's going down there but others might say so. I'd want evidence though!
    I'm not even certain the S&B scopes as we know them were even in service at that time Peter? It was always my understanding that the S&B scope everyone associates with the L42 bracket was developed for the L96?

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    See night vision on a number of L42's in various pictures. Approx which year did the L42 see the S&B?

    Anyone know which command used the L42 in the Falklands?

    Just trying to get some history - not much about the L42 role in this conflict?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgg_7 View Post
    See night vision on a number of L42's in various pictures

    Anyone know which command used the L42 in the Falklands?
    Yes, have seen one picture showing nightvision on a L42 which purports to have been taken in the FI in 1982.

    Not sure what you mean by which command used the L42?

    All units of the Paras, RM and as well as Guards etc., would have had the L42.

    There was at least one L42 among the detachment of just 22 x RM's that defended South Georgia, which the Marine used to good effect in the attack on the Argentinian Navy Corvette by putting accurate shots through the bridge glazing.
    This photo was taken minutes before the Argentineicon attack started, the RM with L42 can be seen 2nd from right kneeling.


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    I think it's fair to say both of these L42 have been put to good use.
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    GOOD GOD NOT THE GEESE...... They were a protected bird when I was there in the 90's.....
    The one getting run over by the Hamm roller did not go down well

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    To my knowledge, there were no S&B scopes down south fitted to L42's, just the No 32 scopes etc.
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    As said, didn't the S&B come into service with the L96, some years after the Falklands war?

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    Well that confirms it ......no S&B's....on L42's issued for the Falkland 1982 Conflict. See the campaign was conducted by "3 Commando Brigade". Which units used the L42's? Hope I've got the termonolgy correct. Ron (Canadaicon)

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