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Falklands War

Falklands War

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Glimpses of the Falklands War has been added as a special edition to the Glimpses of War series in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War. This book gives a detailed account of the military planning of the invasion of the Falklands by Argentina, and the hidden motives and nature of the regime responsible for the bold aggression against a NATO power. I think this book can be recommended when you want to get an overview of this very unlikely conflict, thousands of miles from the UK, to next dive into it more detailed using other books. The Falklands War, which may prove to be the last ‘colonial’ war that Britain ever fights, took place in 1982. Anyone with an interest in the Falklands should read it as it really sets the story straight, and shows us yet again the bravery and sacrifice shown during the conflict.

Other examples of similar books exist by such authors as Graham Bound as well as some excellent unpublished diaries which I have had access to (The Falklands War from the end of our street by his neighbour Neville K Bennett is an excellent example which mirrors Smith in so many ways) but none of which have achieved the same level of deserved notoriety of a conflict which, sadly, is most commonly associated with just two sides, omitting the people at the very heart of the conflict. 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. But the next day the Argentinians invaded and he and his small Royal Marines garrison found themselves fighting for their lives. They took up defensive positions in and around Government House and on the approaches to Stanley to protect the Governor and delay the enemy’s advance.Despite taking heavy casualties, Port Stanley was in British hands by the middle of June and Argentina surrendered. Falkland Islander and Stanley resident John Smith documented his war-time experiences in his private diary and then broke it up and hid the passages around the house should they be discovered.

They took up defensive positions in and around Government House and on the approaches to Stanley to protect the Governor, Rex Hunt, and delay the enemy’s advance. Instead, realism is reserved for the passages of the book that directly recount the experience of Argentinian soldiers in combat – passages informed by interviews Gamerro undertook with veterans. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. At distance of over 8,000 miles, it was the second longest amphibious operation in modern military history.

One cannot just shrug it off as a problem that has been invented by government policy to fit their own ends. The Argentinians didn't cooperate with the author, so there isn't as much in the book from their perspective but Middlebrook tries to be as objective as possible. Norman was seriously hindered by the Governor’s (understandable) wish to incur civilian casualties and clearly nails the lie that the Marines surrendered without a shot being fired.



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