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Battle for the Falklands (Pan Military Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Max Hastings , Simon Jenkins
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The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history – 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated. Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times. ‘Skilfully woven with Simon Jenkins’ sharp political passages are Max Hastings’ wonderful dispatches’ Sunday Times

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The Falklands War was one of the strangest in British history – 28,000 men sent to fight for a tiny relic of empire 8,000 miles from home. At the time, many Britons saw it as a tragic absurdity, but the British victory confirmed the quality of British arms and boosted the political fortunes of the Conservative government. But it left a chequered aftermath; it was of no wider significance for British interests and taught no lessons. It has since been overshadowed by the two Gulf Wars, however, its political ramifications cannot be overestimated. Max Hastings’ and Simon Jenkins’ account of the conflict is a modern classic of war reportage and the definitive book on the war. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, The Battle for the Falklands is a vivid chronicle of a call to arms and a thoughtful and informed analysis of an astonishing chapter in the history of our times. ‘Skilfully woven with Simon Jenkins’ sharp political passages are Max Hastings’ wonderful dispatches’ Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3571 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (22 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KA1I7M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book 25 Nov 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is an in-depth study of the war fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the Falkland Islands from April to June 1982. The book begins with a highly informative history of the islands, focusing on the two countries' claims to the islands. The war is recounted in excellent depth, focusing heavily on the British side. The final chapter is on the aftermath of the war, which is severely limited, due to the fact that the book was published in 1983.
Finally, there are three excellent appendices: A covers the British task force, giving everything from silhouettes of the ships and airplanes through list of the units involved complete with their commanders; B lists the honors given to Falklands veterans; and appendix C contains the Franks Report on the conflict. The maps contained in the book are excellent, as are the numerous black-and-white pictures.
This book is quite fascinating, and highly informative on the war. I found myself completely unable to put this book down, but just had to read a little more, and a little more, and a little more... I wish that it contained more information on the Argentine side, which would give the book more all-around information. However, that said, it is a great book, giving the reader a good idea of what happened both on the battlefield, and in the halls of the politicians (a great deal of the British side was run for more political, rather than military reasons).
This is a great book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in this fascinating war.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A freak event in history 10 Jan 2006
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That’s what Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins call the battle between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Their rather thorough study on the 1982 conflict makes a fascinating read.
The authors start off with covering the history of the Falklands, which is quite useful background. Simon Jenkins does a good job detailing the political developments right up to the invasion. It would appear that the conflict was as much a result of the fallacies of modern diplomacy as a perceived need by the Argentinean regime to deflect the population from the domestic situation. That’s at least the message I took home from reading the authors’ account of the Seventeen Years’ War and Galtieri’s Gamble.
The actual war is recounted in quite some detail, but largely from the British point of view as Argentinean sources were not freely available at the time of publication (1983). The book also gives the impression that the British were in a bit of trouble quite a number of times during the conflict, but that as a result of a lack of co-ordination (or call it rivalries) between the different services of the Argentinean forces, they got away with their own shortcomings. The authors note that if the different services had better co-ordinated their efforts, the British task of regaining the Islands would have been much harder if not impossible.
At the end of the narrative, there are three excellent appendices on the Falkland Islands Task Force, the Honours List and the ‘Frank Report’ examining the ‘why it hadn’t been prevented in the first place’ issue.
This is an excellent book on the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging account of every aspect 11 April 2009
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Engaging and complete is the less I can say about this book. The authors tell the story of British side of events, from a brief description of the history of the island, the Argentine occupation by force and the following diplomatic offensive -- to the preparation, deployment and succesive war either by sea and land. The book is full of interestings facts, like the logistics problems of the British, the submarine warfare and the difficult task that it was to deal with air and missile attacks (exocets). Here you see the importance of aircraft carriers, submarines, frigates, artillery fire, good radar systems, ground-to-air missiles, air-to-air missiles and no less important, a good professional army.
The Argentine Junta gambled and they lost, and they lost big since this totally diminished any bargaining position. There is no such thing as share sovereignity, and to finish the war was the best thing to do by the British. There was a cost of lives, we could not see much about the sufferings in combat, we just could see how the Argentine airplanes made brave incursions on the British ships and we can only imagine the horrors of this war in both sides. When I saw the images of the Argentine concripts in their trenches, I just felt pity for them -- What on earth the Argentines were thinking, really? Patriotism only is not enough againts an army with tradition and experience. Fortunately, the war was short and no more blood was shed at Port Stanley. For Chile, this was the best outcome indeed for peace and stability reign again in the region. Finally, I consider the Falklands and South Georgia of strategic importance, we might not think this now but you never know what the future can say.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 Mar 2000
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Format:Paperback
A first class history of modern warfare. Deals with both the military and political aspects in a comprehensive but compelling narrative. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best account of the war 30 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Max Hastings is a journalist who has an unerring knack of writing for publications that I would normally walk a thousand miles to avoid. Notwithstanding this, however, I have to say that he has done an absolutely sterling job with this book.

Although first published in the immediate aftermath of the war it has withstood the test of time well and, as a general history of the conflict, it will probably not be surpassed.

If you want to read the best written, most accessible account of the Falklands war then, without doubt, this is the book you should buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great account. Insightful
Published 7 days ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant for history buffs
interesting book, lots of information that was not known before, not quite finished but at the end it gives a list of medals and O B E and other awards. Read more
Published 9 days ago by katie b
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT AUTHOR
PRESENT FOR MY HUSBAND WHO LOVES ANYTHING WRITTEN BY MAX HASTINGS
Published 10 days ago by liverpool
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good back ground into the conflict
Published 1 month ago by brendan o'sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars A sound read
A very readable and comprehensive insight into this complex war. Mixing views of the campaign and the diplomacy worked well.
Published 1 month ago by rob stafford
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
sent as a present and he says he quite enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by Mary Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent honest account warts and all
Published 2 months ago by philip green
5.0 out of 5 stars good
ditto as above, good read
Published 3 months ago by olive Bougeard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The definitive guide to the conflict. The lead-in to the war was particularly informative.
Published 4 months ago by C. GRAHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative
I first found Max Hastings writing through a paperback version of his treatise of WWI. I was instantly drawn by his style of writing, he captures the broad strokes of political and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian Hamilton
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