By Jon Cooksey

June 1982, and in the course of a South Atlantic wintry weather, the Falklands warfare is at its top. The Parachute Regiment has already been in motion - 2 Para securing a troublesome fought victory at Darwin-Goose eco-friendly at a heavy expense in killed and wounded together with their CO, Lieutenant Colonel 'H' Jones, later presented a posthumous VC.

Now, weeks later, as they give the impression of being up on the lengthy, frost shattered spines of rock which stab the air from the summit of Mount Longdon at the outer ring of the Stanley defences, the 'toms' of three Para understand it is their flip. As they arrange to attack their ambitions - good points code named 'wing forward', 'fly part' and 'full back'- the boys of three Para recognize they're in for a struggle. previous to 'zero' a few of them are easily informed to wish.

This, the 1st in a brand new sequence on exact Operations, tells the tale of three Para and the often-neglected fight for Mount Longdon. It used to be a conflict which validated the self-discipline, comradeship and professionalism of the paras to the restrict; it was once a conflict which witnessed one other posthumous VC; it grew to become out to be the bloodiest conflict of the total Falklands crusade.

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Social movement researchers in the 1970s argued that movements are more likely to emerge when and where such indigenous secondary groups are strong (Oberschall 1973; Freeman 1973; Fireman and Gamson 1979). Far from being social isolates, those who engage in activism tend to be strongly integrated into their local civil societies. According to one ................. 16797$ $CH1 04-18-08 07:48:43 PS PAGE 28 Theoretical Perspectives 29 influential version of this theory, the more homogeneous the population and the stronger the associative ties binding it together, the greater the capacity for engaging in collective rebellion (Tilly 1978).

Since SMO s are created by activists themselves in the process of mobilization and protest, I regard decisions about their design as part of the activist strategy perspective. Movement analysts have argued that the choice of organizational structure influences the prospects for movement survival and success; beyond this general assertion, there is little agreement. Some authors, particularly Gamson (1975), have claimed that relatively formalized and centralized structures are more effective. The idea behind this position is that, in order to succeed, movements must confront highly organized and sophisticated opponents, including the state and elite interest groups.

Elite resistance proved too great and agrarian reform did not go forward. However, the Land Statute’s acknowledgment of the need for land redistribution would eventually—once the political context permitted ................. 16797$ INTR 04-18-08 07:48:04 PS PAGE 12 Introduction 13 open dissent—provide activists with a justification for pressuring the state to implement agrarian reform. In addition, the law provided important legal instruments that could make this policy viable, given a political will to carry it out.

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