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Storming The Falklands: My War and After [Hardcover]

Tony Banks
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1 Mar 2012

In the late 1970s, wild, eager young Scotsman Tony Banks joined one of the toughest outfits in the British army. The men of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment were highly trained but nothing could prepare them for the intensity and ferocity of fighting to liberate the Falkland Islands.

Banks and his comrades were plunged into a war of night attacks and vicious close-quarters combat. In Storming the Falklands, Tony Banks gives his vivid, harrowing first-hand account of the bloodiest conflict British troops had faced in years. After the Falklands, Banks suffered years of debilitating combat stress, a battle only recently won when he met his former enemies and laid the demons to rest.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st Edition edition (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703694
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A vivid and harrowing first-hand account (Military History Magazine)

[A] visceral, fast-paced, no-holds-barred autobiography . . . Strongly recommended (Neil Faulkner Military History Monthly)

A vivid, thoughtful book (Herald magazine)

A harrowing first-hand account (Daily Mirror)

The battle on the ground is told starkly and emotionally by Tony Banks (John Nott Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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* The fascinating true story of the battle for the Falklands, and one man's struggle to readjust afterwards

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening read 29 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
To many the Falklands War seems a life time ago. To others it feels like yesterday and In Storming the Falklands former Para Tony Banks reminds us what it was really like. Written through the eyes of a young soldier he recounts the horrors and tragedies, the fears and the comraderie, the poignancy, and the futility of war. He lifts the lid of some of the lesser known facts and is outspoken in many instances. Highlighting the terrors of PTSD which has affected so many veterans both in the UK and Argentina, it is a must read for everyone. It is also a great educator for people born since 1982.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Try and put this one down! 1 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
I remember as a young man watching on television the Falklands war and all the developments on a daily basis. This book sets the scene in a vivid way. Tony Banks recalls his story giving an insight to his experiences both during and after the conflict. He is very outspoken regarding some actions taken by the British, highlighting the futility of war. A read that was both illuminating and at times shocking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a war story 1 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a book that covers so much. An insight into growing up in Dundee in the 70s, the sadness of living with family tradgedy, the moving experience of war, the inspiration of self belief and professional success coupled with the emotion of making a difference to other people's lives.
The book is well written and a real page turner.
The only down side is the rather 'blokey' looking cover that may deter women readers which is a shame.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching 22 Mar 2012
By Peter Q
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I expected the usual 'I won the war on my own' but didn't get it. A good narrative (often quite graffic) of his own perspective of the Falklands war, but that is not what marks this book out. The description of how war affects the soldiers is accurate and honest. The analysis of PTSD and how so many Service personnel are affected is touching. An inspiring book, many thanks to the author for sharing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unmissable 21 Mar 2012
By ladymac
Format:Kindle Edition
War books tend to be about conflicts from another generation- but this is an inspiring story of a man drawn into a conflict of our time. Particularly interesting given the current situation over the Falklands and Argentina.
Tony Banks gave a frank and searing insight into war, and I particularly loved the section of the book where he seeks out his former enemy.
I'd like to see this as a tv drama. The twists and turns pull you in and the narrative is so dramatic you can lose your eyes and feel you are standing in his shoes. His own conflict long after the war shows no-one escapes their past. For me, he became a true hero when he talked about this aspect of his life. Deeply moving and a first class read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proverbial page turner! 21 Mar 2012
By Brizer
Format:Hardcover
A real page turner you will find difficult to put down. Great story of a young man growing up in difficult circumstances and an amazing view of the Falklands war from the front line. Being so far away from the action during the war it is difficult to comprehend what our troops went through. This puts a different perspective on the whole conflict and highlights the need to be aware of post war issues which those who serve in the forces need to cope with. Highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant 20 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For many, the Falklands War ended in June 1982. For those who made it back to the UK, the war remained a part of their lives for years. Tony Banks recalls a poignant account of his experiences before, during and after an event which would shape him and many others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true picture 1 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover
A harrowing account of the Falkland War -- how it really was -- and of how veterans on both sides suffered and continue to suffer after the war. More suicides among vets after the conflict than were killed in the land fighting. Shocking that 800-900 men have killed themselves since the bloody fighting.

An easy to read Falklands book with a difference.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as described
I think the condition of the book was described as 'good'. When it arrived the cover looked a bit damaged, which was a concern. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Storming the Falklands byh Tony Banks
I thought it was great. It is, in my opinion, an insightful and well written war memoir. I am delighted that Tony Banks made the effort to write it.
Published 6 months ago by Edgar Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book
A honest down to earth book. Well written by a participant of the conflict .
I do so hope that you soon have peach of mind as well as the other participants of the Falklands... Read more
Published 7 months ago by stjohns54
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, very gripping hard to put down!
War books are generally from another generation. But this is an inspiring story of a young man growing up and getting drawn into the conflict between Argentina. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest and moving story
It was good to read such a clear account that didn't glorify the war but told it like it was.
Published 10 months ago by Les Acton
5.0 out of 5 stars View of the Falklands conflict then, and the aftermath
Tony's account is very good, and gives yet another slant & perspective on the fierce conflict 8000 miles from our shores in a very inhospitable battle zone. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Graylew
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
1982 and in particular the Falklands War has always been a BIG interest of mine. This book give an honest account of what the Forces went through. Amazing!!
Published 14 months ago by punky
3.0 out of 5 stars Book
I bought this novel at the request of a friend, he has read it but not said anything about it to me
Published 15 months ago by Ken Staley
5.0 out of 5 stars ery informative
I was quite impressed with the content of this book. It's good the hear the story from the other side as well. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tesla421
2.0 out of 5 stars very average
I was expecting so much from this book but was left disappointed.
The writer could not seem to stick to one subject and would jump form subject to subject with great big gaps... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2012 by K. Williams
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