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The Fight for the Malvinas [Paperback]

Martin Middlebrook
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22 Nov 1990
This book presents the events of the Falklands War from the Argentinian point of view from initial decision to invade through to their defeat. The work concentrates on military events in the Falklands with special reference to incidents such as the sinking of the Belgrano. The book is based on interviews with Argentinians, servicemen from the actual army, navy and airforce units who fought in the Falklands plus Argentinian documents and published accounts which have been released since the war.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (22 Nov 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140107673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140107678
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 May 2007
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An excellent read - takes away some of the obscurity of the time and the research is great. Finding out what happened on the "other side" of some incidents is quite compelling. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read 13 April 2013
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The first book I have read that gave real information from the Argentinian side. It is interesting that Argentinian Air Force refused to give any interviews. On the other hand the experienced author was able to interview many of the Argentinians who were involved in the conflict. Whatever the rights or wrongs there are always two sides to any war. "History is written by the victors" has been attributed to Churchill and Napoleons amongst others. Well worth a read by anyone with a serious interest in the Falklands war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History has two sides 21 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover
Very good in the Air war and ship attacks. Really needs updating into the definitive Falklands war book by adding the UK side. Martin is the man to do it if anyone can...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Interesting Account 26 Dec 1999
By Aussie Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Martin Middlebrook has once again shown why he is one of the best British authors covering military history. His masterful account of the Falklands, 'Operation Corporate' now has a companion volume, this time covering the war from the Argentinian point of view. The book is well told and is a delight to read and only one of very few covering this war from the 'other side'. You really have to give it to the pilots flying their aircraft against the Britsh Fleet, they had guts, they knew what they were in for but continued with their mission. This is a great story, if you can get a copy do so, you wont be disappointed!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare and Valuable Glimpse Into the Argentine Perspective 28 April 2000
By John Bauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Prior to the publication of this book there were important gaps and inaccuracies in our understanding of the battles for the Falkland Islands. Did Argentinian troops intentionally fire upon a British officer attempting negotiation under a white flag at Goose Green? Were Royal Marines successful in their ambush of Argentinian armored vehicles during the initial invasion? Was the Argentinian Air Force commanded by a fanatical maniac out to establish his service as the dominant domestic political force? The surprising answer to all these question is No, and in a careful and touchingly human review of the activities and decisions of Argentinian forces Middlebrook reveals the tragic gap that developed between Argentinian political leaders and the troops and officers given the difficult task of defending the islands without adequate support as winter closed in. The junta's colossal mistake of assuming the UK would not fight for the Falklands led to the isolation, suffering, and defeat of the occupation forces and, while ultimately setting the stage for democracy in Argentina, seared a painful wound into the soul of a country already carrying conscious of past failures. Middlebrook's access to Argentinian commanders, troops, and families helps reveal the complex social and political landscape of a country which still sees the "Malvinas" in terms of classical European colonialism. It also reveals the operational planning and situational understanding of air and land commanders at critical points in the conflict. Students of this subject will recognize the author as a highly accomplished battle historian.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare and Valuable Glimpse Into the Argentine Perspective 28 April 2000
By John Bauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Prior to the publication of this book there were important gaps and inaccuracies in our understanding of the battles for the Falkland Islands. Were Argentinian ground troops cowardly slackards? Were their officers self-serving and tactically incompetent? Was a British officer attempting negotiation under a white flag at Goose Green intentionally fired upon? Was the Argentinian Air Force commanded by a political bureaucrat? The surprising answer to all these question is No, and in a careful and touchingly human review of the activities and decisions of Argentinian forces Middlebrook reveals the tragic gap that developed between Argentinian political leaders and the troops and officers given the difficult task of defending the islands without adequate support as winter closed in. The junta's colossal mistake of assuming the UK would not fight for the Falklands led to the isolation, suffering, and defeat of the occupation forces and, while ultimately setting the stage for democracy in Argentina, seared a painful wound into the soul of a country already conscious of past failures. Middlebrook's access to Argentinian commanders, troops, and families helps reveal the complex social and political landscape of a country which still sees the "Malvinas" in terms of classical European colonialism. It also reveals the operational planning and situational understanding of air and land commanders at critical points in the conflict.
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