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on 9 July 2007
One of the best narratives of the land war I have read from the man who lead the commando brigade. This is an excellent book that not only gives you the story of the retaking of the Falklands but also provides an insight into the thinking and rationale behind the way the war was fought with all the worries and concerns the commander has to bear. A rivetting read and really hard to put down, highly recommended.
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on 26 November 2009
Julian Thompson does an excellent job in telling the story of the Falklands War. He also allows you to follow his line of thinking and explains the reasons for taking the decisions he took in the run-up to the conflict and during the conflict itself.
A friend of mine once called the Falklands Conflict a close thing. This is not an impression one gathers in this book. However, the author points to several incidences where the various parties involved failed to communicate properly between each other thereby unnecessarily complicating his job.
The author uses a good deal of military jargon, which comes naturally to him, but which the reader may find difficult now and then if one doesn't have the military background. There is a detailed glossary at the beginning of the book, which helps. All told this book is highly recommended. Apart from that, I found it a real page turner.
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on 26 June 2014
Julian Thompson, commanding officer of 3 Commando Brigade in the 1982 Falklands campaign, is perhaps the most authoritative chronicler of the ground component of the 1982 amphibious action to reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine military occupation. In 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands: No Picnic Thompson delivers a lucid and detailed account of the step-by-step troop movements and logistical support that ultimately resulted in British troops marching victoriously into the island's capital, Port Stanley, something that was almost universally considered an impossibility by those in the know when the decision was made to launch the campaign. It describes highly technical aspects of military operations in language that, with a little effort, should make sense to the average reader.
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on 3 June 2013
Having just returned from the Falklands at the same time of year as the war was fought, I now realise how tough it must have been.

A well written and very informative book which set the scene perfectly for my journey there. It also brings to life the pressures of command, trying to please political masters and those sitting thousands of miles away whilst dealing with the realities of warfare.

Even if you are not going to the Falklands, this book is well worth a read to find out exactly what was happening and how the Falklands were liberated.
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on 19 October 2014
An very readable account of events in the South Atlantic.I particularly like how the individuals and their actions are acknowledged. A much welcomed version of the events in 1982, that breaks down the media portrayal of an apparent walk over the island to an assured victory. A required read for those who think the Falklands conflict wasn't a real war. Julian Thomson provides a very human narrative.
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on 1 September 2014
I've read both the Max Hastings and Sandy Woodward books on the Falklands War, and this is a worthwhile addition to the history of that campaign, concentrating as you would expect on 3 Bge's perspective of the conflict. Well written, fascinating insight into some of the tactical elements of war fighting as well as the operational planning and strategic drivers.
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on 20 August 2014
This was a very interesting look at the Falkland problem, it highlighted a lot of the lack of equipment we had and the professionalism of our British soldiers. My main criticism was at times it was hard to follow which unit was doing what?
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on 1 January 2015
A really interesting book about the "backstage" war in the Falklands. What comes across is the amazing professionalism of the military of this country. From day one to the end their focus and commitment, mainly to each other, is shown in his book. the book is well written, easy to read and follow and although we know the outcome how it was achieved might not be so well known.
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on 17 November 2015
A book for the committed. If you are reading about the Falklands War you don't have much option but to read the War Memoirs of all the main players out there, including Julian Thompson, but I thought he probably wasn't the right person to write his own war memoir if he wanted it to be entertaining as well as informative.
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on 30 May 2016
Excellent account of the work of 3 Cdo Bgd during the Falklands War; shorn of the rancour towards other arms and commanders which many other accounts of the war often contain, this is a lucid and compelling portrayal of some of the hardest infantry fighting since Korea and before the war in Afghanistan.
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