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Goose Green: A Battle Is Fought to Be Won [Paperback]

Mark Adkin
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1 Mar 2007 Cassell Military Paperbacks

Goose Green was the first land battle of the Falklands War. It was also the longest, the hardest-fought, the most controversial and the most important to win. What began as a raid became a vicious, 14-hour infantry struggle, in which 2 Para - outnumbered, exhausted, forced to attack across open ground in full daylight, and with inadequate fire support - lost their commanding officer, and almost lost the action.

This is the only full-length, detailed account of this crucial battle. Drawing on the eye-witness accounts of both British and Argentinian soldiers who fought at Goose Green, and their commanders' narratives, it has become the definitive account of most important and controversial land battle of the Falklands War. A compelling story of men engaged in a battle that hung in the balance for hours, in which Colonel 'H' Jones' solo charge against an entrenched enemy won him a posthumous V.C., and which for both sides was a gruelling and often terrifying encounter.

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  • Paperback: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304354961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304354962
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fullest account yet published of the first crucial clash of the Falklands war

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and very detailled 7 Jan 2001
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As noted elsewhere, this is not an examination of the 'why' (Hastings is much recommended for that) - but as a history of the 'how', it is outstanding.
Adkin works his way in great (but not irritating) detail through the preparations for, and the attack on, Goose Green by 2PARA and attached units. I was particularly impressed by the maps and sketches, which were very clear (and drawn in the standard manner).
This is certainly a book written with its readership in mind - and those with a lack of knowledge of the British Army's organisation, training and weapons in the early 80s may need to refer to an appropriate work. However, for most the glossary and key should suffice.
In summary, an excellent tactical history of Goose Green - I hope Adkin is working on Tumbledown or Wireless Ridge as we speak!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 26 Oct 2009
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A very engrossing book giving lots of detail into the 'how' of the battle for Goose Green. A real insight into soldiering in very unforgiving circumstances. I'll definitely being re-reading this one in the future. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definative version 24 Feb 2012
The best and most comprehensive account of 2 Para and the battle of Goose Green/Darwin. Mark Adkin starts with the initial rally of the 2nd Parachute brigade in England, taking you through the departure on Mv Norland right on to the final Argentine surrender of Goose Green. This book will satisfy both the historical buff, as well as those readers who, like me, enjoy "Boots On The Ground" type narrative which puts you right there with the ordinary "Toms" who fought the battle.
Historically detailed without being at all boring, this book gives the definative account of every movement of all sections, platoons and companies of 2 Para, from the most minor skirmish right up to the full and terrifying battles for Darwin Hill and the schoolhouse at Goose Green. Adkin wonderfully and cleverly gives all these facts as though you were right there, seeing it all through the eyes of the ordinary soldier.
If you want to know as much as you can about the courageous exploits of 2 Para at Goose Green, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It now has pride of place on my bookshelf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of modern warfare 26 July 2000
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Don't buy this book expecting a detailed breakdown of the reasons why the Task Force was launched or the diplomatic machinations of the 1982 conflict. This is a straight writing of a military encounter and all the better for it.
The complexities of modern battle are well explained here. Such complexity means things inevitably go wrong.
The plethora of initials mean you are constantly referring to the glossary, but, unlike many military books, the large number of situation maps allows you to follow the action throughout.
The "Toms" come out very well - I particularly like the part when they are discussing the cricket and the wife's new car while under heavy fire in a gorse line. These are men we can relate to.
The reason why 2 Para won the battle requires some examination as they were constantly assaulting entrenched positions without much in the way of supporting fire. However the professionalism and will to win of the British far outmatched the Argentinian forces, who were largely poorly trained reservists and conscripts.
Criticisms would be that apart from "H" Jones, the British officers tend to blend into each other personality-wise and that occassionally the author gets a bit misty-eyed about the Brits and their achievements. This may be because the events are so close (in historical terms.)
Mostly this is a very good read. I got through it in two days
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5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive account of that particular battle 23 Jun 2009
I have become addicted to Mark Adkin's work, whatever the period covered. The first book written by this outstanding historian I read was: the charge of the light Brigade in the Crimea. Goose Green has been dealt with similarly. Hourly and from every single perspective.
The man is meticulous, humble, factual, analyzing every aspect with maniacal scrutiny, always visiting the battlefield himself instead of relying on other books and sources.
Read it and you'll know it all. Never a dull moment though it is detailed to the extreme it'll keep your situation-awareness sharp throughout the story.
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