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The mark of a true soldier, and a true man,
This review is from: Storming The Falklands: My War and After (Hardcover)
I read this book to discover what the Falklands War was actually like on its 25th anniversary.
This book provides an excellent account of a man who is created into one of the British Army's finest (aka the paras). The account of the warfare is excellent and though I had known about the battles of Goose Green and Wireless Ridge, I had never known their true detail or ferocity. The author really engaged me with his accounts of the battles and the honesty of his viewpoint.
What really completed this book however was the story afterwards. There was no "after-care" for British or Argentinian soldiers with what they saw and experienced and the author leads us expertly through his downward depression spiral and then finally to his salvation of meeting opposing veterans, becoming involved in charity and finally being able to make peace with himself on the Falklands in his first ever return.
If you want a really all-encompassing and full story about a soldier in the Falklands and how he managed to cope with his ghosts from that conflict then read this book - it accounts the true cost of what it means for this country to send men to war, which is sadly sometimes necessary.