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A Cold Night in June: Falklands Battle of Mount Longdon [Kindle Edition]

Sergeant Robert Lofthouse
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Book Description

The complete Falklands experience of a young 3 Para machinegun crew, based on accounts given during veterans' organised battlefield tours of Mount Longdon and other sites. Sergeant Rob Lofthouse has served in Iraq, and formed part of the Falklands defence force in the 1990's.

The prologue details a gunner's very first experience of combat. A real soldier's voice, combining dry gallows-style humour with a very real and brutal account of the conflict.

Review from Warrant Officer Dan Mills, author of 'Sniper One';

In the past, I have had the honour of fighting alongside Rob Lofthouse. Not only has he managed to eerily portray accurately the events of that cold, long hard night on Mount Longdon in June 1982, but he has also effectively transported the reader there, as though they landed at San Carlos alongside 3 Para.

The description and portrayal is uncanny, and having spoken to many soldiers who were on that artillery-swept summit and the hard fought over approaches to it, Rob is spot on.

The build-up and tension leading up to the action is intense, and once the battle was over, I wanted to read more, the realism is remarkable.

The Falklands War turned out like so many... once casualties bite the ranks, it is the remarkable Tommy and NCOs who step up to the plate, grasp control then inspire, and reorganise and lead a small band of men into battle. Throughout that war, these small groups were embroiled in their own battles, and full credit to those men because they won the day.

Extract from foreword by Major Justin Featherstone MC;

The Falklands Conflict was remarkable in many ways. It was the last British conflict over an issue of national sovereignty; the last significant British maritime military deployment; the last time that British troops marched for the duration of a campaign; the last time a substantial British task force met a regular enemy without any meaningful air manoeuvrability. This was primarily a dismounted infantry campaign, its battles fought in close combat, in a manner that has changed little since World War II.

One thing that has not altered lies at the very heart of British military capability, the British private soldier. As we accompany Archie and B Company of 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment across the desolate and arduous terrain of the Falklands, Rob’s treatment of the workings of such a force is both affecting and unerringly accurate. From preparation, to the orders given over a topological model constructed from earth, each episode drew me back to when I was giving orders for battle.

When Archie enters the maelstrom of close combat, the ordered chaos, sensory overload and sense of unyielding commitment are both overwhelming and compelling. The author conveys the horror and sense of movement without flinching, but it is the extraordinary actions of each individual which have the greatest impact.

As the battle progresses, and the cost mounts, the strength of initiative given to the ranks is apparent. It is this thoroughly British concept of Mission Command that allows 3 Para the flexibility and momentum to push home the attack, despite devastating losses. As each of the individuals constantly consider what they should do next in the absence of regular orders, having lost many of their commanders, they act with authority and a savage pride that ultimately leads to the defeat of the Argentine position on that remote 600-foot hill, despite the enemy’s strength and the need to attack up the slope.

Rob has created a compassionate, emotive and compelling story, clearly born from the author’s experiences as a combat infantryman.... his authentic voice has remained with me, that of 5 Platoon, B Company, 3 Para, and its desperate advance up the rock-strewn slopes of Mount Longdon.

'It was that realistic.' MAJOR MANNY MANFRED, 'A' COMPANY, MOUNT LONGDON 1982

'A thought-provoking account of our last low-tech conventional conflict.' SOLDIER MAGAZINE

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: SDS Publishing (3 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1301923214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1301923212
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born in Twickenham.
Joined his local county infantry regiment (1 PWRR) straight from school at 16.
Retired after serving 20 years, in the rank of Sergeant.
Served in Poland, Germany, Kenya, Canada, Falkland Islands, Iraq, Northern Ireland, and Kosovo.
Now a Defence consultant.
Lives in Portsmouth with his wife and three children.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a FICTIONAL Account 14 Feb. 2015
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The book is a well written BUT it is a fictional representation of events by the author (who DID NOT serve in the Falklands campaign) and although based on an amalgamation of post war accounts, it is a story written around a FICTIONAL character referred to in the book as “Archie” and the other members of his FICTIONAL unit. As such, whist it may be an interesting story, it is of absolutely no value to anyone wanting an accurate record of the events taking place during the Falklands campaign and is far less compelling than the many real life accounts of the conflict which are available. Amazon please take note it should only be listed under Military Fiction and NOT also be shown in lists of Military History – there is a difference!
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5.0 out of 5 stars page turner 28 May 2013
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Got my copy of this, this morning. What a book couldn't put it down. Really good read. I feel Robert really does well in giving us an insight in to the mind of the the average soldier in these difficult situations. The action scenes are explained though the eyes of the main charactor, Archie, in such a way that I as the reader really felt the confusion and terror that this young lad must have felt. I had to keep reminding myself it was only fiction! Can`t wait 'till tomorrow so I can read it again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good read 12 Jan. 2014
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Rob has captured this difficult content matter as only a soldier could, showing a passion for the subject and reverence - for those on both sides - that fought each other on that bloody night in 1982. I thought the concept of living the event through the eyes of a young soldier refreshing and allowed him latitude to show an insight into a short but bloody war.
Aa a member of the Parachute Regiment at the time, I can corroborate the accuracy of his portryal of the men and their sense of humour. For me it was a walk down memory lane, but on the last page came a poignant reminder as I read the names of the fallen. Timothy Jenkins, a young lad from Hereford who I had been friends with in basic training.
Lest we forget. [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shows a true soldier ! 30 May 2013
By kyle
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ive never been into reading at all, but this book popped up on my amazon page and i read the first few pages (162 to be exact) and its truly caught my attention. i love the way the soldiers in the book seem like ordinary funny blokes and in a way you can feel every single moment like your in the tent across from "Jamie and Archie". I also love the way its shows the soldiers in there most vulnerable moments and how they really feel. to me this book i believe is defiantly going to be one of the best books ive read, and strongly recommend to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dam good read 1 Jun. 2013
By Grunk
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Not an expert on the Falklands Battle, but as a work of fiction I found it a dam good read. Would recommend it to all readers of Military fiction. Well done Robert Lofthouse, will wait for your next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read! 30 Aug. 2013
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An excellent read with strong characters that were easy to identify with, that painted a realistic portrait of a modern day private soldier. It's always difficult for any author to tread that delicate line when writing about such a sensitive and harrowing subject, but I felt that Sergeant Lofthouse really hit the mark with his portrayal of battle through the eyes of an inexperienced young soldier.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read, a real page turner 13 Jun. 2013
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Sgt Lofthouse, captures not only the shear brutality of infantry warfare, but the camaraderie, friendship and gallows humour of your average UK squaddie.

I read this over just a few days, as it's a huge page turner, and kept me riveted from beginning to end. They say that everyone has one good book in them I sincerely hope this isn't the case for Sgt Lofthouse, as I look forward to reading his next offering.
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The brutal personal account of this man's experience of war is frightening in its honesty. It avoids the flannel which sometimes covers such tales in an attempt to make a good story. The lack of a clear picture of what was happening, the shock of sudden death, the chaos of the engagement, the uncertainty of the future and the unbearable cold are vividly portrayed to make this what it is; ones man story of war.
I note that the author progressed through the ranks of 3 Para., to be commissioned eventually. I must guess that this long familiarity with the regiment was his reason for referring to all ranks by their Christian names.
Not a book for the faint hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book for years
Fantastic. Great, realistic and takes you into the battle, and warmth of the army brotherhood. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating true story
A very well written book, these men deserve everyone's respect. They earned it in a way that the majority of people will never understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
An absolute amazing book. The realisation of what takes place is humbling but confirmation of why the British Forces are the best in the world
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I've read quite a few books about the Falklands and in particular the battle for mount London. This book is up there with the best. 10 out or 10
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