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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857971027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857971026
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It was 1982 and the new year had dawned, the stormy sea and sky were painted warship grey by day, and the outside air temperature was low enough to freeze the proverbials off a monkey. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
Definetly a top quality book. Essential if you want to get the lowdown of what really happened in the falklands war, froma pilots point of view.
Sharkey Ward is definetly a through and through fighter pilot of old. He , understandably has a giant(and somewhat anti-RAF) chip on his shoulder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss H E Markham on 22 Nov. 2014
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A very absorbing and significant alternative account of the Falklands war. The sense of frustration and even raw anger at some of the decisions inflicted on those tasked with executing life and death actions comes through in a very palpable manner. To balance this there is even handed praise when things were done in a proper fashion. There is also recognition of the bravery of the enemy which is another form of balance.This is one persons account so some degree of bias is unavoidable but all the same i felt that the author had really tried to be objective. I have read this book an number of times and it still leaves me in awe of those brave and professional folks who did more than we could ever have expected of them under immensely difficult circumstance. For that if nothing else this is an important account of a significant chapter in our still recent history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Marshall on 27 Oct. 2014
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I lived through the Falklands War as a spectator and several things that happened that I did not understand and a lot of these are explained in the book. How many Vulcan attacks, how many were successful, the true stories about the imbalance of fire power between Hermes and Invincible, why did people in authority here pan the Harrier, when the American Marines loved it. Why the RAF were so publicly honoured for their small role in the Falklands war, yet the Fleet Air Arm were ignored or their role not properly explained. A pilot flying a plane is obviously RAF, or so I thought, I ignorantly thought the Fleet Air Arm was a branch of the RAF.

A good read and Sharkey comes across as an honest bloke who looked after his team, recognises everybody's else's faults, but also acknowledges his own faults as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Regan - The Regsy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2015
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Thoroughly believable account of the air war over the Falklands. A great insight into squadron life during the conflict as well as a wider view of what was happening during the war. While I have read some comments that are less than favourable due to Sharkys' views on how command handled aspects of the conflict, its his view and he is entitled too it, I think he had reason to be annoyed with how some things are handled. Not meaning to offer offence to the RN pilots of the conflict but it sounds like the attitude and commitment of Sharky and his squadron would have fitted in well with a WW2 Battle of Britain RAF squadron. Well written and I found it riveting, much more than a dry recounting of facts or diary entries, a really good read.
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I have been fairly well read on the Falklands War and been there twice long after the war thankfully with the RAF. This book is a great insight into how MOD at the higher echelons work and the petty rivalries that indeed still persist to this day in the military. This book should be read by all especially those who make the decisions about the future. It shows the pressures of a traumatic period for those involved. There are many lessons learned and the book is honest about mistakes made and how close a run war this was. It was men like Sharkey and his team that got us through. There are still lessons from 1982 relevant today and the "Silent Service" have much to be proud off.

It opened my eyes even after 36 years of Service in the RAF and we need men and women like him that are not afraid to speak out and not toe the party/ military line these are the real leaders. "Lions led by donkeys still exists" even in 2015 how do we change the attitudes - If you are a staff officer read this with open eyes. Tell it how it is and not what the bosses want to hear"

It is sad that people like him leave the miltary maybe that is where we go wrong, to outspoken for MOD etc it makes you think.

A great read, and insight into a brave bunch of people, real leaders emerge the secret is to spot them emerge!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chequise on 12 Sept. 2012
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I ordered this for a friend of mine who was in the air force, he said the book was absolutely brilliant and really enjoyed reading it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 April 1999
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After reading this book, it's amazing that anyone is willing to go to war. The incompetence and lack of concern demonstrated by the big muckity-mucks should discourage any front-line fighter from expectations of surviving, let alone winning. If you are considering a military career, read this book first! If you have survived your military experience, see how much help the bureaucracy gave you.
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By Ian Webster on 15 Jun. 2015
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This book really brings the Falklands air war to life. You're left in no doubt about the skill and bravery of the navy pilots that fought in the conflict, and that of the countless men who supported their operations. The book also gives an honest (sometimes scathing) opinion of some of the decisions made by those in command, and provides a surprising insight into some of the politics and rivalry that seems to have existed within the task force. A gripping read.
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