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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd; Reprint edition (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843583208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843583202
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The most candid and shocking account of modern ground warfare ever written.' - The Sunday Times

About the Author

Vincent Bramley was born in Aldershot in 1957. He left school at fifteen, but it wasn't until 1978 that, at the prompting of an ex-paratrooper, he joined the Parachute Regiment. His first posting was in West Germany, where he specialised in machine-gun fire. He subsequently served in Canada, Oman, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. He left the army in 1987 and now works as a building consultant, when he isn't writing or conducting research.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2006
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Forward into Hell is a harrowing account of the battle for Mount Longdon written by a lance corporal from the Parachute Regiment. The author covers his speedy departure from the UK as part of the task force, the build up of training towards combat readiness as he travelled south, the rumour mill that kept the troops in a state of limbo, the slow realisation that war was imminent to the eventual landing at San Carlos Water. Once on dry land, the author describes the brutal conditions the ground troops had to endure prior to facing the enemy. After a torturous 5 day march, loaded down with ammuninition and faced with reported odds of 3 to 1, the Parachute Regiment fought the bloodiest battle of the campaign in order to gain the heights of Mt. Longdon. As a member of the fire support team, the author provided machine gun support to the rifle platoons over 3 days as they engaged with the enemy. This account provides a graphic account of the battle; highlighting the utter carnage that modern weapons create, the way humour often relieved the tension and the stories of herorism, friendship and sadness. After the battle, the author covers the fall of Stanley, the clean-up by Argentine prisoners, his low key return to the UK and his struggle to adapt to living with his experiences. The epilogue details the investigation by the UK government into some of the actions undertaken during the battle. If you are interested in understanding what real war is all about, this book is for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Humphry on 28 Dec. 2011
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A lot of controversy around this book. It mentions the killing of Argentinian prisoners and this caused a furore in 93. Funny really, as I like reading books about Vietnam and they mention this kind of thing constantly - even admissions of civilians being killed. This book will open your eyes to what happened in the Falklands but also into the nature of soldiers - good and bad.

The falklands war was brief - and again I compare to Vietnam - but the fighting was very intense. I think Bramley catpures the events of a few days very well in his narrative. He also captures the spirit and nature of the troops - bawdy, raucous and in fact pretty unlikeable unless you're one of them - but also disciplined, brave and incredibly loyal to their team. When under pressure, and in the heat of the moment men sometimes react implusively, thoughtlessly and rashly. This is captured too.

The war for me was right ont he edge of my memory - I was 6 when it happened - but i remember playing 'Argies' in the playground and for the next 30 odd years I beleived it must have been a few small skirmishes with conscripts and nothing really that serious. This book realigned my thinking totally - the Brits went up against heavily fortified positions and enemy air power (unlike Vietnam; sorry - its my reference point) so this wasnt a case of fighting unsophisticated troops or guerillas. It was full on warfare and a lot of people got killed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Mallard on 18 July 2007
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Along with Mark Eyles Thomas' book, "Sod that for a game of soldiers" this really is a must read for anyone with an interest in our armed forces and especially in respect of the events of early 1982. The content moves you to experience every emotion available from horror to humour. Vince Bramley was a paratrooper with Support Company, 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and he provides an enthralling account of his actions (and those of others such as Stuart Laing and 'Doc' Murdoch) on Mount Longdon - both with a GPMG but also at close quarters. Vince does not pull any punches and for that reason, he has had to endure personal grief from government officialdom since his accounts were first published in the early 90s. Highly recommended, this book will keep you up reading into the small hours
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SunnyB on 7 May 2007
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Simply written, this account of one soldier's experience of war doesn't seek to glorify or sensationalise, but leaves one in little doubt that there is nothing civilised about war - that it is a brutal, raw and unlovely fact of humanity.

The author shows very clearly, what it is that we ask of the young persons that people our armed forces and what they have to bear in order to achieve what is expected of them. The accounts of injuries, life and death situations and facing the enemy are very sobering and leaves one wondering at the resolve needed to come through such ordeals.

This book was easy to read, but left one feeling humbled by what the author and his fellow soldiers endured in the name of their country.

It is certainly food for thought.
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A very good war memoir. A gripping read. Vincent Bramley disagrees with the decision to have the actions of 3 Para on Mount Longdon investigated as a war crime. As a general principle, for the benefit of the soldiers themselves, I think it extremely important that they are aware of the possibility of being indicted for war crimes. So, if at the time, I would have agreed with Vincent Bramley, (and, it has to be said, as a complete nobody in such matters, did agree with Vincent Bramley), upon reflection, many years later, I think it was right that the actions of some members of 3 Para be investigated.
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Great book, couldn't put it down, amazed at what our soldiers had to endure. Everyone of them deserves a medal.
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