FIRST LIGHT, SAN CARLOS WATER
(MP124). D R Hardstaff (1964 -). Oil signed and dated..
Limited Edition: 99 copies worldwide.
Standard size (on card): 11.8 x 8.8 ins (30 x 22.5 cms) approx.
The liner CANBERRA lies quietly at anchor, half-way down the confined spaces of San Carlos Water. Having successfully discharged half of her embarked assault force (40 Cdo RM, into Blue Beach’ - the San Carlos Settlement area) she now holds 42 Cdo RM in reserve as the Brigade’s helicopters begin the process of lifting Rapier missile units, 105 mm Light Guns - and all the associated combat supplies - into position on the high ground surrounding the anchorage. Just before sunrise, the artist has caught this moment perfectly as an armed Gazelle of 3 Commando Brigade’s Air Sqn scouts forward for a load-lifting Sea King 4 of 846 Naval Air Squadron. Two Gazelles and three of their four crewmen were lost on this day.