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Falklands War

Falklands War

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I commend the book to those interested in gaining a more complete understanding of the Falklands campaign and to those who wish to gain a better understanding of leadership and courage in war at the tactical level. I usually read first person accounts of war, but this skillfully combines first person with battle history for a more balanced and complete story. She possessed a well trained, highly motivated military with good equipment though not all that she should have had.

The book tells us how things actually were, at the sharpest of sharp ends, at a critical moment for Britain. It is a great tribute to the rotary branches in the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force and John was integral part of developing them into what they are today. It's well written, full of suspense (although - spoiler-warning - you may already know that the Brits won) and gives the lie to the idea that it was anything other than a close-run thing. I may have only been 9 at the time but i still remember BBC Radio’s famous Goose Green “announcement”, the tears from a British Naval commander and the state of the nation at that time… Will look out for your book.For a full understanding of what it took to win this war there will be no better account to read than this.

If you’re looking for a blow by blow description of this brief war between the United Kingdom and Argentina in 1982, then this may or may not be your cup of tea. Written by one who experienced at first hand that reality, Ordeal by Exocet is a gripping read for historian, enthusiast and general reader alike. Often unflinching, at different times surreal, funny, angry and bitter, this is a deeply poignant and compelling story that needs to be told.

Books like this that encapsulate memories are vital for our future generations, as it’s not always what is said, but what remains unsaid that is important. I was posted to Buenos Aires in December 1981, and was the only full-time British foreign correspondent to remain in Argentina in the lead-up to the Falklands War, the three-month military conflict which involved Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union in diplomacy, trade sanctions, spying, and secret arms deals. With only 69 Marines and 10 Royal Naval Hydrographers at his disposal, Norman had to plan a defence in the face of overwhelming odds.

Mike Norman and Michael Jones's account doesn;t bring anything new to the history, but does put it into a different and very interesting perspective as they use first-hand accounts of the men who were stunned into fighting to defend themselves from the sudden Argentine invading forces. D Company was the Cinderella of 2 PARA, at the back for everything: on training, always in reserve; in barracks, the parking lot for those who proved too troublesome for A and B. Surprisingly, for a war fought in the television age, there appears to be a never-ending supply of books published about the Falklands War. When the Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro adapted his fantastical, surreal, funny, bizarre novel about the Falkland Islands into a stage play for Buenos Aires' Teatro Alvear, the reception was noisy. This was triggered by The Forgotten Little War (Argentine viewpoint) and Doctor to Friend and Foe (medical viewpoint).If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. It's worth mentioning that this book also has the most detailed account of the Vulcan operations during the Falklands War and the logistics that enabled the use of the Vulcans. I would not have written that but there is a vast cultural difference between Argentina and Great Britain. It was one of my abiding impressions of the war that, despite all the political and diplomatic manoeuvrings going on, there was never any question of the ultimate aim not being achieved. As this year sees the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War, now might be a time to read a more up to date chronicle.

An interesting account of NP 8901 who did so much at the start, and were there to finish the job off at the end. Britain and Argentina were going through opposite and equivalent processes in the conflict, he said, speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival: "Both countries tried to revive an old and outdated image of themselves. It includes insights into the difficulties and frustrations of command -difficulties not eased by the knowledge that the operation being attempted was balanced on a knife-edge between triumph and disaster, knowledge that could not be shared.A well told great story for anyone that has a great interest in the Falklands War and the Royal Marines and not forgetting the account of Navy Party 8901. Here is a quote from Captain David Pentreath, RN commander of the frigate HMS Plymouth: "It was perfect weather. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity - thousands of men sent overseas for a tiny relic of empire - but the British victory over the Argentinians not only confirmed the quality of British arms but also boosted the political fortunes of Thatcher's Conservative government. Despite their appearance in one of the most famous images of the war, the triumphant raising of the Falkland Islands’ flag when the islands were liberated, the role of NP8901 has been largely overlooked. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Carlos Gamerro: 'I wanted to recreate in this fictional world the different levels on which this war existed.



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