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on 2 June 2000
Interesting insight into the army culture and lifestyle of various members of the Parachute Regiment leading up to and including the events during the battle for Mount Longdon. Most people associate Goose Green as the significant battle the Paras (2nd Battalion) took part in during the Falklands, and as a result the events on Longdon tend to be overshadowed in most books concerning the Falklands. It is therefore a breath of fresh air to see that the efforts of the 3rd Battalion are still remembered, and are well documented in this book. The chapter detailing the battle is engrossing although limited in that it gave a description of the events through the eyes of only a handful of soldiers (namely within B company). Granted, this book was specifically about these soldiers, however i was left feeling as though there should be a follow up book which describes the battle in more detail and from a wider viewpoint. On the whole though it is refreshing to see that the soldiers from 3 para have not been forgotten.
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on 18 December 2013
Some men are cut from a different cloth and pay the ultimate price, such men were to be found fighting on Mount Longdon. An excellent, disturbing and humbling read. The reality of conflict and the effect it has on the men who fight the battles during and after the act is all here, recommended reading and definitely not hollywood.
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on 27 March 2005
As a former soldier who did not serve in the Falklands (before my time!) I thought this book was a great read and very informative. I can understand why it does not appeal to everybody as a lot of the things squaddies get up to can turn the stomachs of civilians but, nonetheless, it is an incredibly accurate insight into the lives and lifestyles of serving soldiers.
The book essentially covers three subjects, seemlessly narrowing in on the main topic as they go. A general introduction to the army and its environment is followed by a more specific introduction to the parachute regiment, culminating in the Falklands campaign and the action fought by 3 Para to take Longdon.
The style is very easy to read and will be a real 'eye-opener' for both soldiers and civilians alike. Anybody who has been under fire will identify immediately with both the fear and the gallows humour that prevails under such circumstances. At many points in the book I found myself laughing out loud having been reminded of various military 'traditions' and situations which crop up from time to time in any serviceman's career.
There was also a deep and abiding respect for 3 Para and what they achieved in attacking an enemy of equal strength, well entrenched on high ground, with no artillery support (a situation all the text books tell you should be avoided) and winning through as a result of exceptional training, discipline, courage, and force of will.
There is also a lot of peripheral information about the Falklands campaign in general, outlining for example some of the ridiculous mistakes that were made during the course of the war and how the soldiers overcame the resulting problems in order to succeed.
The after-action incident involving the shooting of the Argetinian prisoner is dealt with honestly and in some detail and shows that particular episode in a more balanced light. The reader must decide which standpoint to take but can do so from a position of having the facts at his disposal as opposed to the allegations promulgated through 'objective' tabloid reporting at the time.
Any student of recent military history will find this book a valuable addition to their collection, as will anybody who wants to better understand what drives the British soldier to fight and win under the harshest of conditions.
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HALL OF FAMEon 17 February 2003
Green-eyed boys is a highly readable detailed account of the Parachute regiments assault on Mount Longdon, during the Falklands conflict.
The authors approach the whole conflict from a fairly neutral viewpoint and quickly dispel many of the rumours and myths that have grown up since the conflict, the argentinian defenders of both goose green and mount longdon, although mostly poorly trained and motivated conscripts provided good accounts of themselves, contrary to popular belief.
The rumours of war crimes and excecutions carried out by the so called green eyed boys from the paras, is the central core of the book, and the facts are laid out plainly with many eyewitness accounts, and the stories are most definately laid to rest here.
The book is very well researched and offers analysis and critique throughout.
The Paras are followed from peacetime through the task force right through the landings battles and finally the defeat of the argentinians and capture of Port Stanley, the main events of the conflict are detailed, but the battle for mount longdon accounts for the bulk of the book and the pace slows somewhat during the blow for blow account provided, intersperced with the many personal accounts of individual paras.
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on 16 November 2010
Read by myself and then agin, recently, by my boyfriend who used to be in the Army. He undestood some of the terminology better than I did. I found it an easier read than some other military books I hve read. Unexpectedly, there were some really funny bits in the book.
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on 22 September 2003
Written in a sensationalist, 'laddish' way its certainly not a history book, rather an extended newspaper column for a tabloid. It seems that the authors are like little boys always in awe of the tough macho men they write about, and it just gets boring after a while.
For a decent account of the war, read Martin Middlebrooks Falklands War 1982. For a good book about soldiers in battle, theres about a million better choices than this.
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on 18 January 2016
Not read the book. Was purchased as a gift.
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on 10 September 2002
I found "Green eyed boys" to be a great book. The epilouge was espcially well, giving the reader something to think about - the court martial and investigation of the young soldiers accused of war crimes. I would say that having read this book one should also read Phillp Caputo`s book "A Rumour of War", which also gives a remarkable insight in the attrocities young normal boys of Christian values, are capable of.
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on 1 February 2006
Alot of this book is FICTION.....some interesting stories but as long as you remember that they are only stories.
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