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Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304355429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304355426
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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the definitive account of the battle above the South Atlantic islands (Navy News)

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The controversial account of what really happened in the south Atlantic skies

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2006
I served at RNAS Yeovilton where Cdr Ward was based with 801sqn. He had assumed almost legendary status even prior to the publication of this book. It was very apparent that if you wished to learn about the role of the SHAR his was the voice to listen to. This book is the voice of reason in an otherwise politically correct world. As a fighter pilot you HAVE to tell it as it is. This book does just that warts and all. A must read for any student of the Falklands war or modern air warfare.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Fritz on 24 Feb. 2007
I read this book years ago and I dont agree with some other reviews slating Sharkey Ward for being arrogant and spoiling the book. This book is about the Sea Harrier, its operations in the Falklands war and the views of the man known as "Mr Sea Harrier". What you get is interesting insight into the development of this marvellous aircraft, the preparations undergone by pilots sailing to the Falklands, air operations during the war and the immediate aftermath. This a warts and all kind of a book. The behaviour of some parties was not up to scratch and the author makes no bones about it but does support opinions with facts. Was it right to think of court martialling a pilot for being shot down by a SAM? Was it right to have the air patrols at 10-15,000ft when attack aircraft were coming in on the deck? Was the RAF determined not to be "left out"? Sharkey gives his views on these. This book is great - you feel your are sat with this great fighter pilot listening to him talk. It is clearly his view on that aircraft in that war.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rory Mcgregor on 7 May 2011
Interesting book but really needs to be read with an open mind - most people at the top of their game are idiots in most other respects, and Ward comes across no differently here. If you can get past that, then its a riveting read. In the same regard, I'd say Sandy Woodward's One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander is required reading to balance out Ward's account.

I would urge anyone thinking of getting Sharkey's book however, to buy the updated edition with the revised foreword. Here he acknowledges his lack of knowledge of who the "Flag" actually was (and Woodward's own observations on this in the 2nd edition of his book are particularly interesting), and Ward apologises to Woodward for presuming to know how things were being run.

Overall though, a good first-hand account of wartime naval aviation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ron McGuffie on 26 Sept. 2011
One of the best narratives of a Fighter and its Pilot S. Ward. His dealings with Commanders and the great navigation set up in this revolutionary Aircraft, its success are great reading. His writing style is similar to Robin Olds if you like Robin you will enjoy Sharkey Ward. the style of war in the Falklands was the first time that dissimilar jet Fighters were in combat Mirage v Sea Harrier. His problems with higher ups similar in detail to Olds, and he did the same to get his quarry. a great leader of men.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. B. Clark on 28 Sept. 2009
Alot of people are commenting on the arrogance of sharky ward which i agree with but people that are the best in their profession usually are. i found this a great read especially the lesser known parts of the harrier and its early days in operation, for instance its great performance against on paper at least far better fighters such as the F-15. Also i cannot believe more has not been said about the poor tactics employed by the carrier hermes in protecting the sheffield and others which were hit, sharky highlights the reason for the sheffield being left open to attack and i could not agree more. My only slight critisism is sharkys constant insulting of the RAF which although deserved sometimes is undeserved
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen P. Lightfoot on 15 July 2007
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I couldn't put this down! It is a great read. Sharkey puts his spirit and his passion into this book, as he must have done into his flying and fighting.
He delivers some great knocking copy against the RAF, so I bought Vulcan 607 too in the interests of balance. Sharkey goes to some length to knock the RAF's efforts in the Falklands - the Vulcan raids used up so much fuel to very little effect, but he does miss the point that the RAF's mission was as political and strategic as well as military. Also, he appears to have felt that the Royal Navy, the FAA, and the Sea Harrier didn't get enough respect before during and after the war. I hope that isn't true. From what I recall, the Navy played the major role, the Harrier was highly vaunted and the sailors and airmen regarded as heroes, and rightly so.

This book isn't pure history, but an excellent memoir from a true fighter pilot hero. Nice one Sharkey, and thank you for all you have done for you Country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muppetrolf on 22 Sept. 2013
Cmdr Ward is the Brian clough of the high seas. No time for political interfering, which was the RAF contribution to the war, and the honesty to say what we did right and what we did wrong. He might have an axe to grind but that's because the only way to rescue these islands is by Naval power. And the Navy was always pushed aside due to the demands of the RAF. That is until the Argentines invaded and the Navy and Fleet Air Arm was the only way out. And nothing's changed. There are 4 RAF Typhoons on the islands which wouldn't last 5 mins from a full Argie air attack. The FAA went into battle with a highly scorned aircraft and proved everyone wrong. And when they'd fought the only air to air combat up to the present day, they did a bit of ground attack too. I've read 607 and think it a great story of airmanship an logistical planning. But that's the point. That's all it's really about. The important bit, delivering the weapons, get's a more brief summary. I wonder why! What a waste of effort. Money that the Army and Navy desperately needed. One day the politicians will ignore the lobbying of the RAF and spend some time on the Navy. Mind you because of the Eurofighter all 3 services are struggling now.
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