As the Commander of 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands War, Robbie counted himself very fortunate to have the support of 59 Independent Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers, commanded by Roddy Macdonald. The Squadron was re-enforced by a large and capable troop from 9 Parachute Squadron. This was good news for three reasons. Firstly, they were tough and uncompromising soldiers who fitted in with the ethos of my brigade. Secondly, they were also well respected by the officers and men of the two Parachute battalions re-enforcing the brigade. And thirdly, they were, of course, highly capable field engineers.
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