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A Soldier's Song: True Stories from the Falklands [Paperback]

Ken Lukowiak
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1 Mar 2007
In 1982 Private Ken Lukowiak served with 2 Para in the Falklands. He was away from home for little more than eight weeks, yet the experience of war was to change his life for ever. Ten years passed before he was able to write about this brief period in his life. In those ten years he was brought face to face with the legacy of his Parachute Regiment training and with the knowledge that he had seen many men die - some of whom he himself had killed. From the voyage 'down South' on the MV Norland, from Goose Green to Fitzroy and the anti-climactic journey home Lukowiak illustrates the madness and black comedy of the soldier's world. He tells his painfully honest story in spare and brutal language and is both profound and often profoundly shocking.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753807572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753807576
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An utterly compelling and much needed reminder of what war is really all about.

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Ken Lukowiak was born in 1959. He served with 2 Para in the Falklands War. Despite his conviction for drug possession he was discharged from the army with an Exemplary Conduct Record.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Thanks Ken for writing the book many veterans wanted. Not a pleasant book nor a easy read, do not expect a book on how loverly it all was or how smashing we chaps are. This is war as seen through the eyes of a soldier brutal violent and unclean. If you only ever read one book on how war effects its surviors make it this one. Those of us who lived also payed the price...Yes I too made it home and yes I do know that a frontline soldier is expected to fight, only the fighting is still going on today and Ken has shown the world the price we pay for our leaders [mistakes]
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5.0 out of 5 stars please listen 1 July 2003
I am researching the Falklands War, and Goose Green in particular, for a talk I will be giving at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. A colleague and good friend gave me his copy of 'A Soldier's song'. I cannot give enough praise to Ken/Luke for being so honest. This book has changed my life. Please read it. The page when he talks about not being able to judge people anymore is inspirational and something I am trying to do myself. Anyone interested in sniping should read this book. The story about the bush is fantastic. The senior curator of european and military items is writing a book about sniping and will hopefully use an abridged version of the story in his book.
Thankyou Ken/Luke
Paul Darlington
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very powerful and disturbing read 8 Jan 2000
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This in is very well written book. it shows the devasting effects war has on both sides. Easily one of the most honest and interesting books written about the Falklands war. It should be essential reading for all secondary school pupils. it shows the wars solve very little indeed.Well done Ken
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recollections of Rifleman Luke 26 Feb 2005
Brilliantly written memoir of the Falklands war written by an extremely bright-and excruciatingly honest- Parachute Regiment "Tom". Extremely funny in places- whilst pinned down by a sniper and being mortared, one of "Loopy Lukes'" mates shouts-"If I had known I was going to spend this much time lying down I would have brought a F***ing pillow", this book will enter the canon of classic war books alongside "The recollections of Rifleman Harris", "Goodbye to all that" and "All quiet on the Western Front". If you want an insight into the culture of the "Paras", and an explanation of how, despite being heavily outnumbered on the ground and in the air, Britain won the war, read this book. Just ignore the silly cover with an even sillier quote from John Le Carre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking. 13 Mar 2012
By Oakleaf
I read this excellent book a few years back, but need to read it again.
It has remained in my memory for years, especially when the author comes upon a young Argentine soldier ..that made me cry.
I shan't say what happened, but that was the most heartbreaking bit for me, and it reveals the humanity that exists in most soldier's hearts,

The appalling aftermath, of how the veterans were just not really cared for at all was surprising, for me, but it appears the same thing happened after WW1, the men were demobbed, and then what?? left on the scrapheap, suffering from battlestress, with no real care from their Country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Belieavable, Humorous and at Times Truly Sad 18 Oct 2011
This is not a ghost written egotistical biography about how great the author is. It is one of the great books from the Falklands Conflict. Comparable with the with the letters of David Tinker. It is easy to read in simple language. The author describes his war from being called into action to the final tragedies at the end for himself and others. It says more about the self deprecating humour of honorable soldiers than any politician's tribute. The discussion with his officer near the start of the book is exquisite. The obvious comparison is "If I Die In A Combat Zone" by Tim O'Brien and it compares well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read an weep. 17 Sep 2007
Right....personnal tale war books... i've read about 25/30, and my top three are...
1.guns up!,johnny clerk.
2.chickenhalk ,robert mayson
3. a soldiers song,ken lukowiak.
If u read the top 2 then this is not far off,different wars but the same well written ,exciting,humouros yet harrowing tales . read it about 10 years ago but still think about the contents often.
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This book provides an excellent insight of how the mind of a man at war works, there are lots of brief interesting incidents, many make you think and reassess you ideas on war. I came away with a deeper understanding on how men act when they are at war.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Great book , well written and hard hitting in parts. Really brings home the reality and futility of conflict. Don't miss out on reading this.
Published 6 months ago by davytoon
5.0 out of 5 stars This may be the best Falklands War book
It's certainly better written than any of the other eyewitness accounts. It gives you all that 'war is hell' stuff but without the hand-wringing or the macho posturing - and it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dermie X
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
a good read and so true of all the people that were there and at times humour was the best way to deal with what was going on
Published 13 months ago by nan49
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Fantastic book, a brutal, funny and honest report from the Falklands by one of the participants. I bought the book after seeing Ken's performance in the play, based on his book, at... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2012 by DJ Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly honest account
Ken Lukowiak gives a deeply moving account of what it really feels like to be a soldier in a war,it's not just full of bravado but the deep emotional roller coaster that a human... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2012 by C Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoofing!
Ken, a well written, and at times amusing, story of your experiences. I enjoyed reading this and will pass it to my son to ensure he has the opportunity to understand the sad side... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Salthorse
5.0 out of 5 stars DOSENT PUT ME OFF!!!
This book was recommended to me by my english teacher, along with his other book 'marijuana time'both are great. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2000
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