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A Missed Opportunity,
This review is from: Not Mentioned in Despatches: The History and Mythology of the Battle of Goose Green (Paperback)
Fitz-Gibbons book is an expanded and filled-out version of a thesis written at university and as such reads like one. Whilst it is meticulous in its detail and carefully researched, as a work of military history it has flaws. There are very few accounts from the ordinary 'Toms' and junior leaders who derive their own orders for attack from those of the Officers Commanding, instead the main emphasis is on the shortcomings, justified or not, of Lt Col 'H' Jones VC OBE PARA. Compared to the fine account of the battle written by Mark Adkin ' Goose Green - A battle is fought to be won' this book is the sort of tome a Staff College student would read. This being said it is a valuable addition to any collectors book shelf. Darwin/Goose Green was a soldiers battle conducted by highly trained and agressive young men filled with the Regimental spirit of the Parachute Regiment, it is a pity that there seems to be no place for their experiences in this book.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 22:44:30 BDT
Spencer Fitz-Gibbon says:
Thanks for your comments. As I've said elsewhere, (a) the book was about the application of military doctrine, so it was really pitched at CO/OC level, and (b) nevertheless I tried to interview as many NCOs as I could track down at the time.
I don't think there's much to fault in the British army's training of private soldiers and NCOs. At the time, I believed there was much improvement that could be made in the training of officers, because I believed there were fundamental flaws in British military doctrine. As a lot of people have observed, the army's doctrine has changed a lot since the 1980s, in the direction of German-style Auftragstaktik, which was a definite improvement fought for by a lot of officers, not least Field Marshall Sir Nigel Bagnall.
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