The untold memoir of a 17-year-old paratrooper who was thrown into the bloodiest land battle the British Army had fought since Korea. Recounts the full horror of hand-to-hand combat in the Falklands Conflict. How the military deals with homecoming heroes is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago when the British Task Force recaptured the Falkland Islands. 'The most extraordinary and compelling story of the Falklands War’ – Mail on Sunday. Sod That For A Game of Soldiers tells how in January 1982 four friends passed P Company the Parachute Regiment's gruelling training programme. At just 17 years old these young crows – as all Para rookies are known – were too young to buy a drink vote in an election or tackle terror on the streets of Northern Ireland. They were however old enough to fight against incredible odds on a desolate island 8000 miles from home. Just six months after joining 3 Para Mark Eyles-Thomas watched three of his best friends die on the frost-covered slopes of Mount Longdon in the Falkland Islands. For 25 years Mark has lived with the horror of that night of bravery when 23 Paras lost their lives – and earned a host of medals for valour including a VC – taking the heavily fortified mountain on the outskirts of Port Stanley in brutal hand-to-hand combat. This story has already had a four-page serialisation in the Mail on Sunday and more national and regional TV radio and press coverage is expected around the anniversary of the battle for Mount Longdon on 11–12 June. There will be a second serial for the weekend of 9–10 June. There will also be major national celebrations on 16–17 June to mark the 25th anniversary of the victory including a massive march past in London.