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A Close Run Thing: The Navy and the Falklands War [Kindle Edition]

Richard Freeman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirty years ago, in 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, triggering the last great naval battle of the 20th-century. The British Task Force sent to re-claim the islands, was the largest amphibious landing since D-day in the Second World War.

In this ground-breaking essay, the acclaimed naval historian Richard Freeman tells the story of Royal Navy in that momentous campaign. The ships had to transport the men, their machines and equipment, but also to supply them at a distance of nearly 8000 miles from their home ports. This the Navy did while under constant attack from missile-laden Argentine aircraft. The cost was high, with around 1,000 killed and wounded sailors and the loss of seven ships, twenty-four helicopters and ten fighter planes.

This dramatic, enthralling book tells the story of the naval war, and the men and ships who fought it. And it explores the defence issues which it raised then and raises today. At the time the whole operation was hazardous in view of the depleted state of the Fleet. Today it would be impossible.

Published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the war Freeman examines how the battles for the Falklands fits into Britain naval history, and what lessons it still has for today.

Richard Freeman graduated in mathematics before following a career in distance education. He now writes on naval history. His other books include 'The Great Edwardian Naval Feud'.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leader independent digital publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 151 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (7 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IGPOT6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After years of working in education and training I have turned my lifelong passion for history into a new career as a writer of naval history. I particularly like to write about the people - Fisher, Asquith, Beresford, Churchill and so on. As you can see from my books, I do battles as well.
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'Freeman makes military history interesting' ... 'Freeman's accounts are so engaging' ... 'The excellent writing skills of Richard Freeman' ... 'Freeman is a master of scene setting'

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well paced and well written 20 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A well paced and well written account of the Falklands campaign, told mainly through the prism of the Royal Navy's involvement in the conflict. Suitable for anyone new to the war, or who wants to be refreshed in light of the anniversaries coming up. Richard Freeman is a sober judge of events and comments both on our successes and failures. There are plenty more comprehensive accounts available but Freeman's is the best short book I have read on the campaign.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I was there! 7 July 2012
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Factually in-correct! In one paragraph he explains about information being spread on the Web if the sinking of HMS ILLUSTRIOUS. The Web in 1982?!?!

There are other numerous in-correct facts - there are better Falklands narrative books out there to choose from.

Not recommended.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 23 May 2012
By PaulG
Format:Kindle Edition
A well written review of the war on board HMS Antrim. As a fellow crew member it stored a lot of memories. One of the better books written about the war
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1.0 out of 5 stars An easy enough read but not very accurate. 8 Sept. 2014
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I've read a lot on the Falklands, especially the Navy's role, and there are details in here that do not match any other account I've read and couldn't have happened. Royal engineers entering Ardents boiler room 2 days after she was hit, when 1. she didn't have a boiler room and 2. She had sunk by then. Suspect the author meant Argonaut.

In the list of ships at the end of the book Sheffield is listed, but not even as damaged when in fact she sank, HMS Rhyl as going to the Falklands which I don't remember and can't find listed anywhere else....., Glamorgan and Plymouths' damage assesment is hopeful at best.

Just too many differences from everything else I know about it which makes me doubt anything new in
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An excellent & very readable description of the sea-going aspects of this major UK operation - possibly the last of its kind?????
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor 22 Jan. 2014
By Neil
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Very brief and in places I believe inaccurate account. If all you want is an overview then read this, if you are looking for an in depth history of the Falkland's conflict your wasting your time and money here.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 29 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book promised masses, but delivers little. The prose is stilted, historical fact often ignored, and the price is at least ten times higher than the book is worth. Avoid, there are MUCH better books on the subject available from better writers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Navy and the Falklands 18 Jan. 2013
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Well I learned less than I was expecting and it was a shorter piece of work than I was expecting . It contained less than some other more informative works on the South Atlantic conflict.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading
Essential reading for anyone interested in the Falklands Conflict, modern naval warfare, or who thinks that our Armed Forces are too expensive and should be scrapped...
Published 12 days ago by Red Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no cigar!
A very informative read. As the author of The Captain`s Story a book about the Royal Navy`s youngest ever Captain`s fight, to help win back the Falkland Islands, and conquer his... Read more
Published on 17 Dec. 2012 by Ray J Cowling
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Freeman Fayre
This is a very typical offering from Richard Freeman, short, easy to read, well researched and perhaps leaves the reader wanting to find out more. Read more
Published on 16 Sept. 2012 by Richard Clemerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading but a little on the brief side
I enjoyed the book but perhaps felt that I would have liked there to have been a little more content. A good read for what it is however.
Published on 19 July 2012 by Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Short Book for the History of the Campaign
The honesty of Freeman's telling of the Falklands history was refreshing. He does not cover up mistakes or close calls, but rather shows them alongside the good points of the... Read more
Published on 25 Jun. 2012 by Popps
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Compact History
With a great conclusion and a good pace, this short book provides the strategies and problems of Britain's naval campaign in the Falkalnds. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2012 by Katrina Jacqueline
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