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In The Peace Protesters by Simon Hill we hear about the grass roots protest against nuclear weapons, the A Rocky war and The war waged against Britain taking north Ireland. I found the text to be well set out, with candid descriptions of what was happening, and some iconic photographs of the time. I have immensely enjoyed reading this high octane account of life as an operational Royal Navy Wasp and Lynx Pilot. The Unseen Falklands War portrays in images, almost all of which are previously unpublished, the Argentinian occupation of the Falklands and give an overview of the conditions in which both sides fought the land war.

Not only from those directly involved in fighting Argentine forces but also from those in vocational roles such as medics, lawyers and padres – the latter of whom were on hand to perform the sombre task of funerals as well as providing solace and support. There's also Ordeal by Exocet, about HMS Glamorgan, and even The Captain's Steward: Falklands, 1982.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. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it brought back vivid memories of when I was Fifteen reading the newspapers and watching tv coverage.

The fact that HMS 'Invincible' had a damaged gas turbine engine replaced under the cover of darkness on 5 June 1982 (See Rodney Burden et al, Falklands: The Air War, p. But the next day the Argentinians invaded and he and his small Royal Marines garrison found themselves fighting for their lives. Personally I am not a fan of retrospective medal awards, and sadly the opportunity for recognition has passed. On 1 April 1982 the Argentinian junta invaded the Falkland Islands, while the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment was on leave.Soldiers, sailors and airmen risked, and in some cases gave, their lives for the freedom of 1,820 islanders. Former MI6 agent in Buenos Aires and military historian Hugh Bicheno brought us ‘The Razor’s Edge’, a brutal, cutting and often damning indictment of both the British and Argentine politicians in the run-up to and during the Falklands War. When 3 Commando Brigade landed at San Carlos on 21 May to retake the islands he commanded the newly formed J Company in 42 Commando and was in Stanley to see the Argentinian surrender. At distance of over 8,000 miles, it was the second longest amphibious operation in modern military history. Her role for most of the time was that of an expendable escort and she became the only ship to survive an Exocet hit.

Curiously, the Argentine version was to feature Margaret Thatcher not only wearing an eye-patch but a pirate’s hat, which Bicheno himself vetoed, although the British version curiously omits any reference to ‘dozens of dead’ reported from the initial invasion, which he heard first-hand as a secret agent in Buenos Aires during the war. Well written in easy prose telling the story of the Bootnecks who were on The Falklands for the greater part of the action.It exposes the international intrigue involving US President Ronald Reagan and his ally Margaret Thatcher, and the covert military operations including a daring British special forces attack on the South American mainland.

Yomping' was revealed by the journalist Charles Laurence in 1982 as the word which the Royal Marines used to describe carrying heavy loads long distances on foot.But still the Middlebrook touch is undeniable and if you only want to read one book on the conflict, you are well served by this volume.



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