The Argentine Fight For The Falklands Paperback – 1 Sep 2003
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About the Author
Martin Middlebrook is the author of The First Day on the Somme, The Kaiser's Battle, The Battle of Hamburg, the Berlin Raids and The Falklands War among many others.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is sobering to hear about some of the Argentine accounts; their belief in the cause, their bravery and equally as often their stupidity (invading in the first place). This is particularly so as I am an 82 vet and currently in Argentina at the moment as part of my 'journey or closure.'
I enjoyed the book and reading many of these previously unheard of 'enemy' accounts was of obvious interest to me. I also have a lot of respect for many of those men behind those accounts. Many of whom fought and acted with a considerable degree of honour. I also think that the author did a very commendable job. In the main it was also an impartial one. I would like to add a certain degree of reality though. This book (annoyingly so), as well as others and web based articles, like to portray the Argentines as a rag tag bunch of poorly equipped, under fed conglomeration of teenage conscripted boys.
Facts: they had automatic personal weapons (we didn't), they had better boots, general all round clothing, night sights, better ration packs (yes they did!), prepared high ground defensive positions & were supported/directed by professional troops.
I just want to shatter the illusion that these were not 'in the main' poor ill equipped little Argentine country boys who were sent to war against the bad British guys with a bolt action rifle, five rounds of ammo and a beef sandwich against their will. These were young men....many who actually volunteered...with a belief, automatic guns and a bad attitude! A conscript with a belief, a modicum of training and an automatic gun is still a soldier...Read more ›
The outcome of his journey to Argentina can be seen in this book - in many ways it tells of a war which Argentina should never have fought and one which left a nation betrayed - certainly her largely conscript army of occupation was.
Jermey Moore told of the surrender how dirty unwashed and unshaven he had been confronted by a group of well fed , clean , parade ground officers who had not been fighting or living as he had done - the contrast could not have been more marked.
Mr Middlebrook's approach to history has not changed since his "First Day on the Somme" and like it this book will not disappoint- like the generation who fouhgt on the Somme the men written about here are "My angry and defrauded young" and the President who sent them to war "Lied to please the Mob".
Well worth reading you will come away with a fresh view of this war which until then was largely unknown and poorly represented.
What does come across clearly is that while the British often talk about the conflict being 'a close run thing' the Argentine perspective is anything but that, with their few high-profile 'successes' appearing more as tactical pin-pricks (albeit with tragic consequences) rather than strategically relevant military actions. It is also clear that the Argentine leadership had no credible campaign plan, and was strategically paralysed in the face of both the sailing of the British Task Force and its subsequent actions.
The book does give an insight into the bitterness still held by many Argentine veterans, particularly those units based in Port Stanley (numbering several thousand) who did not engage in battle before the surrender and who felt a profound sense of betrayal.
One point of criticism is that it does not address the allegations (for which there is some video evidence) of Argentine vandalism of civilian property, of misuse of the red cross emblem, of knowingly siting artillery amongst civilian houses, or of the booby-trapping of civilian property. These allegations persist and the Argentine view point on these would have helped sieve fact from fiction.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in military history in general or the Falklands conflict in particular. I would particularly recommend it to any Anglophone Argentinians who will find within its pages sympathy for the plight of the Argentine servicemen involved while at the same time raising uncomfortable questions for a society that allowed itself to embark enthusiastically on such a disastrous and ultimately tragic adventure, with political ramifications to this day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting non-partisan account. Well sourced from the Argentine side but avoids being an apologist history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pelican
Very interesting to hear from the other side for a change. Just reinforces the fact that the British forces fought superbly to overcome a competent enemy in their back yard!.Published 4 months ago by Major Tom
Very interesting points of view from the Argentine side of the conflict. Accounts from interviews conducted are illuminating and give an evocative picture of conditions experienced... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Hodgson
What a book!! I would love to read more books written from the "Other perspective" of conflicts. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. Sd Peak
Good to finally read events from the other sides perspective. An invaluable read for anybody interested in the Falklands warPublished 18 months ago by Craig
Very balanced book covering the war from the Argentines view. Would recommend it to anyone with an interest in military historyPublished 22 months ago by Pawsy Bear
Always had an interest in the Falklands and this book seems to bring something different to the table. It is on my' next to read' book.Published on 13 May 2014 by R. M. Clayton
An excellent account of this short war from the losers point of view. Full of eye witness testimony stressing the importance of a conscript force fighting professionals.Published on 7 Jun. 2013 by Nick Shaw