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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844158799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844158799
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Liles on 9 July 2007
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One of the best narratives of the land war I have read from the man who lead the commando brigade. This is an excellent book that not only gives you the story of the retaking of the Falklands but also provides an insight into the thinking and rationale behind the way the war was fought with all the worries and concerns the commander has to bear. A rivetting read and really hard to put down, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Koetzsch on 26 Nov. 2009
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Julian Thompson does an excellent job in telling the story of the Falklands War. He also allows you to follow his line of thinking and explains the reasons for taking the decisions he took in the run-up to the conflict and during the conflict itself.
A friend of mine once called the Falklands Conflict a close thing. This is not an impression one gathers in this book. However, the author points to several incidences where the various parties involved failed to communicate properly between each other thereby unnecessarily complicating his job.
The author uses a good deal of military jargon, which comes naturally to him, but which the reader may find difficult now and then if one doesn't have the military background. There is a detailed glossary at the beginning of the book, which helps. All told this book is highly recommended. Apart from that, I found it a real page turner.
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Julian Thompson, commanding officer of 3 Commando Brigade in the 1982 Falklands campaign, is perhaps the most authoritative chronicler of the ground component of the 1982 amphibious action to reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine military occupation. In 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands: No Picnic Thompson delivers a lucid and detailed account of the step-by-step troop movements and logistical support that ultimately resulted in British troops marching victoriously into the island's capital, Port Stanley, something that was almost universally considered an impossibility by those in the know when the decision was made to launch the campaign. It describes highly technical aspects of military operations in language that, with a little effort, should make sense to the average reader.
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Having just returned from the Falklands at the same time of year as the war was fought, I now realise how tough it must have been.

A well written and very informative book which set the scene perfectly for my journey there. It also brings to life the pressures of command, trying to please political masters and those sitting thousands of miles away whilst dealing with the realities of warfare.

Even if you are not going to the Falklands, this book is well worth a read to find out exactly what was happening and how the Falklands were liberated.
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An very readable account of events in the South Atlantic.I particularly like how the individuals and their actions are acknowledged. A much welcomed version of the events in 1982, that breaks down the media portrayal of an apparent walk over the island to an assured victory. A required read for those who think the Falklands conflict wasn't a real war. Julian Thomson provides a very human narrative.
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A really interesting book about the "backstage" war in the Falklands. What comes across is the amazing professionalism of the military of this country. From day one to the end their focus and commitment, mainly to each other, is shown in his book. the book is well written, easy to read and follow and although we know the outcome how it was achieved might not be so well known.
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I've read both the Max Hastings and Sandy Woodward books on the Falklands War, and this is a worthwhile addition to the history of that campaign, concentrating as you would expect on 3 Bge's perspective of the conflict. Well written, fascinating insight into some of the tactical elements of war fighting as well as the operational planning and strategic drivers.
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By Ned 34 on 8 Jun. 2014
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I would thoroughly recommend this book. Great read .
Couldnt put it down. Although I was aware of most of the content, it just confirmed in more detail. Great to see some familiar names in the book and what part they played.
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