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Sink the Belgrano [Kindle Edition]

Mike Rossiter
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On the evening of 30 March, 1982, Commander David Hall, chief engineer of the British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror received a telephone call giving him the order to 'store for war'. At first he didn't believe it. In the early hours of 2 April, Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Isles.

The sinking of the Belgrano was one of the most dramatic moments of the Falklands conflict. For many it signalled Britain's entry into the war and it has been seen as a politically motivated decision deliberately designed to take the country irrevocably into the fight. Now Mike Rossiter - with unprecedented access to sailors from the Belgrano and HMS Conqueror - gives us a dramatic and definitive retelling of the events that led up to the sinking.

With all the pace and tension of a thriller, Sink the Belgrano takes us inside the battle for the South Atlantic and shows us the human drama behind the famous, and controversial, Sun headline 'Gotcha!' We track the collision course between the British submarine Conqueror and the Argentine warship - as the two sides and everyone aboard head towards the climactic moment just outside the exclusion zone set up by the British around the Falkland Isles. We witness the behind-the-scenes arguments , discussions and powerbroking that led to the decision to fire the three torpedoes. And, for the first time, we hear from the sailors on both sides - the personal testimony of the hunt for and attack on the Belgrano, and from the Argentine side the experience of being under attack and the sinking that left 340 members of her crew dead.

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The sinking of the aged Argentine cruiser Belgrano - which as a US ship had survived Pearl Harbour - by the British nuclear-powered submarine Conqueror was the defining moment of the Falklands War. Here, author Mike Rossiter tells the definitive story of the act of war that became a political crisis and committed Britain to conflict. With access to the surviving crews of both vessels, Rossiter reconstructs the build-up to the deadly clash, from the political decision in Whitehall to send the Task Forces to the South Atlantic, to the military order which sent three deadly torpedoes into the Belgrano - taking 340 Argentine sailors down with her. --Naval and Military Press

The sinking of the aged Argentine cruiser Belgrano by the British submarine Conqueror was the defining moment of the Falklands War. This is the full enthralling story. --Chris Buckland

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The dramatic and definitive account of the sinking of the Belgrano.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 16992 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; 1st edition (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDUZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in London in 1948, and have stayed here on and off. I had an occasionaly rough childhood, and did not enjoy school, until I studied English literature, and joined the dramatic society. I later studied Law and enjoyed that also, but could never see myself in the profession. For several years I went frequently to Italy, and once considered working permanently on a fishing boat based in a southern Italian town. I remember one day hauling up in the trawl, amongst the writhing fish, an almost intact Roman amphora, still containing the ancient pitch that had been used to seal it. I felt enormously privileged. I started working in television however, making documentaries, and on my first location, Beirut during the civil war, I found myself avoiding sniper fire and artillery bombardments. I would have given the earth at times to be back on a fishing boat! Since then I've met Russian Generals and atom scientists, Government ministers, mercenary's, gun runners, spies, Nobel prize winners and olympic athletes. I can honestly say that the ordinary people I talk to for my books are as fascinating and entertaining as any of the people I met working as a documentary producer. Perhaps it started when I made a documentary about recovering a crashed B29 in Greenland some years ago, "B29 Frozen In Time". The stories of the crew and others in the Squadron were as remarkable as our present day efforts to get the plane flying again. My first book "Ark Royal", was a spin off from my efforts to find and film the wreck of the carrier in the Mediterranean. The recollections of the pilots and crew who served on her were gripping, and so I kept writing, telling stories of ordinary people who took part in and helped shape earth shattering events, and who otherwise might be ignored by history.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds expectations 10 April 2010
I wasn't expecting much other than some mildly diverting war-lit, but this account of HM Sub Conqueror's not-insignificant contribution to the Falklands campaign had me gripped. Given the political fall-out from the sinking of the Belgrano, the achievements of an incredibly brave crew have been overlooked, and in this book their story can now be told.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fills a Gap 2 Feb. 2013
This book fills a gap in the literature about the Falklands War. I already knew that the sinking of the Belgrano was one of the most significant actions of the war, since it drove the Argentine navy back into its territorial waters, so I was interested to read in detail how it came about.

It was disappointing that the publishers chose to omit the photographs from this paperback edition but couldn't be bothered to remove the "Picture Acknowledgements". That's why I am only giving it three stars.

I wish that Mike Rossiter had clued himself up on naval jargon. On the first page of the first chapter he says, "Conqueror was tied up at the quayside in Faslane." I can't give the source, but I remember reading many years ago of an exchange of signals between a Royal Navy warship and the port admiral. The captain reported that the ship was "tied up" at number x dock. The admiral replied, "Shoelaces are tied up. HM ships are secured."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The trials and tribulations of naval warriors 7 Mar. 2011
I first read this hardback book a couple of years ago, on receiving it as a birthday present from my wife. As I have only recently begun writing reviews on Amazon, I had a brief look at some of the reviews before re-reading the book.

Having gone through the book, I have to say that I found it excellent, and feel that some of the critical comments by prior reviewers are carping, to say the least. Whilst it is true that few readers will be totally ignorant of the background, that could also be said of virtually every other book on military battles, for example, The Dambusters, and The Battle of the River Plate. The fact that the actual sinking is covered in a few pages, could also be applied to other books, such as "Sydney Cipher and Search", and "73 Degrees North" (see my other reviews). If the battles are all you want, most war volumes could be sold as paperback pamphlets!

The book comes over as well researched, and gives a very vivid account of the action in HMS Conqueror, and the atmosphere in the Belgrano, from the moment she set sail, to abandoning ship, and the privations endured by her survivors before their rescue.
Whilst some may feel there was too little detail about the Conqueror, the Offical Secrets Act may be relevant here, and in any case, others might well have found extra detail to be boring or irrelevant - you cannot please all the people all the time!

I found all photographs listed in the acknowlegements to be present; the illustrations of the Conqueror and her crew, the senior British naval and political figures of the war, and other photos of Argentinian ships and aircraft, were all pertinent to the narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just like a novel 10 July 2007
By Mr X
Even though the outcome of the story is well known, the author has written a very exciting account of this crucial early episode in the Falklands War. The suspense builds up over the course of the first half of the book and there are also new pieces of information given by the author which are not well so well known in lay circles. Also unlike other books of this type we are not inundated with too many names which can make the plot of this type of book hard to follow. The book also sets out both the long and short terms causes of the war in a concise and interesting way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the title subject 26 Dec. 2011
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There is more to this book than the subject of it's title, although that is inevitably the main focus. The book gives a rounded view of the submarine deployments in the Falklands War and the circumstances arising from command & control to the narrow escape of the Argentine aircraft carrier as a result of redployment of another submarine. This is primarily the story of HMS Conqueror's war along with insights into the work of the other deployed submarines. The narrative of the war is necessary to maintain the context of Conqueror's operations and the orders given. The actual sinking is covered quite quickly but there is enough insight to understand the action from the Belgrano's point of view. On the Kindle edition there are a few maps which explain the actions in the text which is well written and procedes at a good pace.
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This is a well written book, very easy to read. Although it largely concentrates on HMS Conqueror, it does cover other aspects of the war. The descriptions of life aboard Conqueror and the problems its crew faced are interesting, though there is relatively little about the crew of ARA General Belgrano. This is unfortunate - it would have been interesting to have as much detail about Belgrano as about Conqueror.

There is a slight formatting issue on the Kindle edition - the first letter of each paragraph should presumably be a drop capital, but actually appears on one line, with the rest of the paragraph on the following line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Talk about a page Turner!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boom!!
I heard the bang and thought it was thunder, so did the rest of my team! It was only 2 days later we found out what that 'bang' was!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr. C. Evans.
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Striking recollection of life on board The Conqueror, the political decision making leading up to the order from the UK to attack The Belgrano and the devastating effect of the... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
For a historical book this reads very easily. It gives a balanced view from both sides of the conflict. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Mcclement
5.0 out of 5 stars sink the belgrano
Another account of what happened in the Falklands war , another book i have read more than once ,it covers accounts both before and after the Falklands , a really enjoyable read
Published 18 months ago by nigel monks
4.0 out of 5 stars Factual account
Factual account without the politics, suspect there is more hidden due security surrounding code breaking, the S class boats failure to find the carrier lead to the request for the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars whoa
Read about all the background stuff not previously in the public domain, very readable and provides an interesting insight into the events taking place
Published on 16 Mar. 2013 by D. J. Wheeler
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What can i say about this book, from start to finish i was gripped i have seen the documentaries on the falklands but this is better. Read more
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