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Argentine Fight for the Falklands [Kindle Edition]

Martin Middlebrook ,
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Martin Middlebrook is the only British historian to have been granted open access to the Argentines who planned and fought the Falklands War. It ranks with Liddell Hart's The Other Side of the Hill in analyzing and understanding the military thinking and strategies of Britain's sometime enemy, and is essential reading for all who wish to understand the workings of military minds.

The author has managed to avoid becoming involved in the issue of sovereignty and concentrates entirely upon the military story. He has produced a genuine 'first' with this balanced and unique work. Among the men he met were the captain of the ship that took the scrap-metal merchants to South Georgia; the admiral in charge of planning the Falklands invasion; the marine commander and other members of the invasion force; two brigadier-generals, five unit commanders and many other men of the large army force sent to occupy and defend the islands.; the officer in charge of the Argentine garrison at Goose Green; and finally the brigadier-general responsible for the Defence of Port Stanley and soldiers of all ranks who fought the final battles.

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About the Author

Martin Middlebrook is the author of The First Day on the Somme, The Kaiser's Battle, The Battle of Hamburg, the Berlin Raids and The Falklands War among many others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3225 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (21 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5U5BS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,614 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An anthem for doomed youth. 20 July 2010
I remember the author saying that having written his account of the Britsh war "Operation Corporate" he felt that he had to write an account of the same war as seen from the Argentine perspective.
The outcome of his journey to Argentina can be seen in this book - in many ways it tells of a war which Argentina should never have fought and one which left a nation betrayed - certainly her largely conscript army of occupation was.
Jermey Moore told of the surrender how dirty unwashed and unshaven he had been confronted by a group of well fed , clean , parade ground officers who had not been fighting or living as he had done - the contrast could not have been more marked.
Mr Middlebrook's approach to history has not changed since his "First Day on the Somme" and like it this book will not disappoint- like the generation who fouhgt on the Somme the men written about here are "My angry and defrauded young" and the President who sent them to war "Lied to please the Mob".
Well worth reading you will come away with a fresh view of this war which until then was largely unknown and poorly represented.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We were boys too..... 8 Jan. 2014
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I found this an absorbing book. Mainly because it contains the views of the 'other side,' a viewpoint not often heard.

It is sobering to hear about some of the Argentine accounts; their belief in the cause, their bravery and equally as often their stupidity (invading in the first place). This is particularly so as I am an 82 vet and currently in Argentina at the moment as part of my 'journey or closure.'

I enjoyed the book and reading many of these previously unheard of 'enemy' accounts was of obvious interest to me. I also have a lot of respect for many of those men behind those accounts. Many of whom fought and acted with a considerable degree of honour. I also think that the author did a very commendable job. In the main it was also an impartial one. I would like to add a certain degree of reality though. This book (annoyingly so), as well as others and web based articles, like to portray the Argentines as a rag tag bunch of poorly equipped, under fed conglomeration of teenage conscripted boys.

Facts: they had automatic personal weapons (we didn't), they had better boots, general all round clothing, night sights, better ration packs (yes they did!), prepared high ground defensive positions & were supported/directed by professional troops.

I just want to shatter the illusion that these were not 'in the main' poor ill equipped little Argentine country boys who were sent to war against the bad British guys with a bolt action rifle, five rounds of ammo and a beef sandwich against their will. These were young men....many who actually volunteered...with a belief, automatic guns and a bad attitude! A conscript with a belief, a modicum of training and an automatic gun is still a soldier...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By I. Hall
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Martin Middlebrook writes a thoroughly objective and compelling account of the 1982 Falklands [Malvinas] conflict from the perspective of the Argentine forces. It is disappointing that the Argentinian Air Force (as opposed to their Navy and Army) declined to help him in the researching of this book.

What does come across clearly is that while the British often talk about the conflict being 'a close run thing' the Argentine perspective is anything but that, with their few high-profile 'successes' appearing more as tactical pin-pricks (albeit with tragic consequences) rather than strategically relevant military actions. It is also clear that the Argentine leadership had no credible campaign plan, and was strategically paralysed in the face of both the sailing of the British Task Force and its subsequent actions.

The book does give an insight into the bitterness still held by many Argentine veterans, particularly those units based in Port Stanley (numbering several thousand) who did not engage in battle before the surrender and who felt a profound sense of betrayal.

One point of criticism is that it does not address the allegations (for which there is some video evidence) of Argentine vandalism of civilian property, of misuse of the red cross emblem, of knowingly siting artillery amongst civilian houses, or of the booby-trapping of civilian property. These allegations persist and the Argentine view point on these would have helped sieve fact from fiction.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in military history in general or the Falklands conflict in particular. I would particularly recommend it to any Anglophone Argentinians who will find within its pages sympathy for the plight of the Argentine servicemen involved while at the same time raising uncomfortable questions for a society that allowed itself to embark enthusiastically on such a disastrous and ultimately tragic adventure, with political ramifications to this day.
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Like many I came to Middlebrook's work via his 'First Day on the Somme', a book I enjoyed enormously. As someone who was working as a civilian with the British military at the time of the Falklands War, I had to read this book when I rediscovered it recently on Amazon.

This book continues the format he set there, reading as it does like a battlefield tour; each thread of the conflict's tapestry being loosened and examined but never detached from the whole.

If this gives the impression of a boring bone-dry analysis then nothing could be further from the truth. The author blends analysis with the accounts of the Argentine military in the conflict to produce a moving account of the Falklands conflict.

Nor is this some propaganda-laced account, stating that the islands should be Argentinian - such a thing would be contrary to Middlebrook's ethos.

No, we are presented with a tactically precise and detailed description of the conflict based on interviews with the protagonists in which their personalities shine through in such a way it is impossible not to empathise with them.
Indeed this appears to have happened to the author as well, as on more than one occasion he writes of how even when the book is being written (five years after the conflict) some of those taking part still hold on to false information regarding the success of Argentine attacks.

He also corrects British over-claims where necessary, but with those from the Argentine side there appears to be a sadness, almost like that of the patient friend who having explained and presented the evidence carefully can still not convince one, and slowly shakes his head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Alternative Viewpoints
Very interesting points of view from the Argentine side of the conflict. Accounts from interviews conducted are illuminating and give an evocative picture of conditions experienced... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars I would love to read more books written from the "Other perspective"...
What a book!! I would love to read more books written from the "Other perspective" of conflicts. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Sd Peak
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to finally read events from the other sides perspective
Good to finally read events from the other sides perspective. An invaluable read for anybody interested in the Falklands war
Published 8 months ago by Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 10 months ago by brendan o'sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars very balanced account
Very balanced book covering the war from the Argentines view. Would recommend it to anyone with an interest in military history
Published 12 months ago by Pawsy Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars A view from the other side......
Always had an interest in the Falklands and this book seems to bring something different to the table. It is on my' next to read' book.
Published 17 months ago by R. M. Clayton
5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Middlebrook a professional's historian
An excellent account of this short war from the losers point of view. Full of eye witness testimony stressing the importance of a conscript force fighting professionals.
Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by Nick Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars An Argentine view in English
Middlebrook provides an interesting English-language text from the Argentine perspective. Considering the limited amount of English-language publications with this view,... Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2013 by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars The war from the other side
I am a child of the '80s, this is probably why I became interested again in the Falklands war in this 30th anniversary year. Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by n14paul
4.0 out of 5 stars cant wait to read it
Having been in the war as a child of 6 the one thing that has always stood out in my memories was the conscripts being hungry and dirty while the officers were well fed and even... Read more
Published on 3 Feb. 2011 by Halox
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