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Above All, Courage: The Eyewitness History of the Falklands War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304362573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304362578
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.5 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Arthur is an oral historian who specialises in bringing together first-hand recollections of the twentieth century. He is the best-selling author of Forgotten Voices of the Great War,Forgotten Voices of the Second World War and Last Post: The Final Word from our First World War Soldiers.

Other titles include the classic work on the Falklands Campaign, Above All, Courage; Busby Babes: Men and Magic; Men of the Red Beret; The Edwardians; Dambusters and Last of the Few. His most recent title is The Road Home: The Aftermath of the Great War Told by the Men and Women Who Survived It.

His awards include Audiobook of the Year 2004 from The British Book Awards, and he has recently made two documentaries based on his books: The Brits That Went to Spain to Fight for the History Channel and The Dambusters.

Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force.

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By far, the most moving book on the war; Ken Enticknap's harrowing account of the loss of HMS Ardent is as emotional now as it was two decdes ago. (Navy News)

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First-hand accounts of what it was like to fight in the Falklands War

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2006
Format: Paperback
If one is interested in military history especially from the view point of individual participants then this book is a "must have".
I found it easy to relate to the experiences written by individuals in this book. Indeed, I found their honesty and personal courage and fears "authentic" in so far as none of the contributors have tried to gloss over the actual fears they felt when confronted by the "grim reaper".
Individual courage shown by all ranks is demonstrated throughout the book and my only critisism is that there must have been scores of others who peformed equally as well but did not get a mention. However, for its size, this book has mangaged to show us a "snap shot in time" of some of the brave acts carried out by individuals during the Falklands War.
What finally sums up the epitome of "British Grit" is the final chapter written by Rear Admiral Woodward who demonstrates the type of courage required of a commander who must remain detached during any military conflict. He comes across as a very caring but professional man knowing that some of his decisions will most likely cost the lives of some of his subordinates. Now that takes a very special kind of inner courage and Woodward demonstrates it well.
I highly recommend this book for readers of miltary history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David I. Howells on 27 Aug. 2007
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This is a compilation of compelling first-hand accounts of modern war by British soldiers, sailors and airmen involved in every incident of the Falklands conflict. The accounts are graphic, gripping and each one gives a secular viewpoint from the serviceman involved that gives a rough overview of a short, intense and brutal war. I was there in 1982...with this in mind I found the book informative and cast new light on areas of operations that I was not involved in.

The book highlights very well what we all know...that due to cut backs, political miss management and the tenuous logistical supply line that this conflict was a close run thing. In the main however it shows how, as always, the grit and determination of the British serviceman shines through no matter what the conditions and no matter what the odds. We should never have won this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Crosbie on 17 Dec. 2012
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Like the title says, courage, spoken by the kind of people you might meet and never guess. Also valuable lessons in: history
the nightmares and chaos of even a "small" war
the sheer incompetence of those who pushed into high, peacetime office (think boots).....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A well researched material, vivid and humane! 30 Nov. 2012
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The contributors are drawn from all three services, each a superb professional, many decorated for their actions, others not recognized officially. Their stories embrace almost every significant aspect of the campaign, from the actions of the formidable 2 Pra to the suffering and dignity of the ill-fated Welsh Guards, from the evacuation of the wounded to the command of the Task Force. The accounts cover the Argentinian invasion, the journey south with the fleet, the recapture of South Georgia, the sinking of HMS Ardent, the tragedy of the Sir Galahad, the heroics of the Harriers and helicopter pilots, the fierce
and, at times, hand-to-hand fighting of the battles of Goose Green, Longdon, Harriet, Two Sisters and Tumbledown, the Argentine surrender and the entry into Port Stanley. All the accounts are in the words of the participants - the language of the front line: immediate, moving, often brutal, sometimes
reflective, frequently humorous.

Throughout the Falklands campaign British servicemen and women showed toughness, stamina, skill and resolve. Their accounts vividly illuminate the timeless contours of warfare: the loneliness, the camaraderie, the suffering, the inspiration, the horror, and, above all, courage.
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