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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Objective, 21 Aug 2002
This review is from: No Picnic: 3 Commando Brigade in the South Atlantic, 1982 (Cassell Military Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Thompson's book is exactly what a general's war reminiscences should be; apparantly honest, clearly objective and always enlightening whilst avoiding the temptation to present merely a series of justifications for decisions which at the time, or since, have been controversial. The books is not a grand overview of the war, nor a detailed first hand presentation of the front line fighting but instead an account focussing on the logistical and strategic elements to the campaigns of 3 Commando Brigade. Despite the occasionally dry subject matter Thompson keeps the narrative flowing and, as the commander of the Brigade, is able to supply some unique insights into problems with the organisation of the chain of command in the South Atlantic campaign and the very real threat to the entire British enterprise posed by equipment shortages. A valuable addition to any bookshelf, particularly one already already bearing a broad history of the conflict or other military memoires.
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