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This review is from: Eyewitness Falklands (Paperback)
I remember very well following the war in the Falklands day by day in 1982 and one of the people I most admired reporting the war was Robert Fox who covered the war for BBC Radio. He sailed to war in the cruise liner the SS Canberra and Fox was one of only two reporters who went ashore with the first troops at the San Carlos beachhead. He tells the story of life on board the Canberra, the buildup of tension as the armada neared the Falklands, the landing of the first troops, the march across the island in atrocious conditions, the first major engagement of the war at Goose Green and Darwin, the fight for the mountains overlooking Port Stanley and the Argentine surrender. Fox had a unique insight of the war and was in close contact with soldiers of all ranks as the war progressed and his descriptions of the many colorful characters that he met are fascinating and revealing.
The best parts of the book are his vivid account of the fight for Goose Green when British troops took on the Argentine garrison and defeated them despite being greatly outnumbered. He describes the paras charging at the defending troops lead by Colonel H. Jones who was killed during the fight and then finding that there were three times more enemy troops stationed there than intelligence had indicated. His account of the battle for the high ground above Port Stanley is also exciting and memorable. For anyone wanting a personal account of the battle and an excellent description of what it was actually like I would strongly recommend that you read Fox's superb book.