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5.0 out of 5 stars An unbiased, accurate account from a trusted historian., 21 Oct 2012
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Falklands War (Paperback)
My first experience of the work of Martin Middlebrook was in 1979. I was studying the WW2 loss of HMS' Repulse and Prince of Wales at that time and came to value his book (co-written with Patrick Mahoney) on the subject so highly I still rue the day I loaned it out - never to be seen again (yes, it was replaced but it's not the same!). My point being that since that time, I have read many accounts of that particular naval loss and none have been either as accurate or as complete as that one. The same can be said of this book!

Although I missed the Falklands War (I was serving in N. Ireland at the time), I did serve in the British Army for 27 years up to 1993 and know many who were there - largely because I served with 2 Para and 3 Para a few years afterwards.

Many accounts of the Falklands War were rushed into print almost before the dust had settled on the Battlefield. Of these, some were accurate, others were not. This author, however, waited three years before producing his own carefully constructed account (published as `Operation Corporate') which proved to be so factually accurate that only a few trivial errors needed to be corrected in this up-dated version. Most importantly, in this work we find new information on; A. The 3 incidents of British Forces firing on British Forces previously omitted `for the sake of the families,' B. The work of Special Forces on the Argentinean mainland, C. The last ever Vulcan Bomber raid on Stanley Airport (and if I am reading the `Black Buck Tanker Plan' correctly - even the refuelling aircraft had to be refuelled and then refuelled again in order to provide the final refuelling for the Vulcan Bombers!) and D. The author's revised views with aid of hindsight, on several aspects of the war - especially the advances across East Falkland prior to the final series of battles.

It is fair to say that certain vital information with regards to historical events, battles, strategies and decisions - at every level, were not fully appreciated in the 1980s. This book, however, has the advantage of accessing information now available thirty years after the event - all of which is used to good effect

The author's expressed regret is the continued refusal of successive Argentine governments to allow him access to first-hand accounts from Argentinean officers and soldiers - something he is hoping to remedy in the near future. Notwithstanding such short-sightedness, this work remains an unbiased account of a remarkable War from 1982 produced by an expert historian who has the gift of turning his subject into a darn good read and I fully recommend it.

NM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent factual book for those who remember the event, 17 Dec 2013
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Really comprehensive and descriptive history of the Falklands war, taking an unbiased and independent view of both sides of the conflict and providing perspective on each battle using first person testimony. A great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 9 Jan 2014
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What makes Middlebrook's account of the Falklands so good, is that it even with 30 years of hindsight and further information released by both Governments, it still remains are remarkably accurate description of events. The author clearly has a great regard for the losses incurred by both sides and writes with an even hand. Excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Depth Look, 29 May 2013
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David Butcher (Bournemouth) - See all my reviews
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A really good read if you want detailed backgrounds to this war. Martin Middlebrook certainly did a massive amount of research. I would have liked a bit more detail re. the Special Services involvement, but then I suppose much of that is not available officially anyway.

It brought home the horrors of war that I have never experienced, (nor do I want to) but what the troops on both sides went through was amazing. It also made me realize what courage Maggie had to say, lets go to war! The amazing Vulcan/Victor flights and the planning to put a Task Force together in such a short time. I'm also thankful that the present-day politicians weren't at the helm then, I just don't think they would have the guitar and certainly not the means to do the job.

Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 27 Oct 2014
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If you were ever in doubt about this conflict, give this book a read.

It gives a very balanced look at a period of conflict that should not be forgotten and one that seems not to get much coverage.

The author writes with ease and clearly puts together his research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 1 Nov 2014
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Great read. An accurate warts-and-all coverage of the conflict. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The falklands war, 17 Sep 2013
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A very well researched book and evenly balanced account. A very good read, probably one of the best that I have read on this subject. The author does try, where possible, to be fair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Sep 2014
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love it, especially the new stuff
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i have enjoyed all the book, 3 Jun 2014
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another good book well told I like true stories like these I will buy more as time goes on great
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