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The Argentine Fight For The Falklands Paperback – 1 Sep 2003

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850529786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850529784
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I found this an absorbing book. Mainly because it contains the views of the 'other side,' a viewpoint not often heard.

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...
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I remember the author saying that having written his account of the Britsh war "Operation Corporate" he felt that he had to write an account of the same war as seen from the Argentine perspective.
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.
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Martin Middlebrook writes a thoroughly objective and compelling account of the 1982 Falklands [Malvinas] conflict from the perspective of the Argentine forces. It is disappointing that the Argentinian Air Force (as opposed to their Navy and Army) declined to help him in the researching of this book.

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.
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As an avid student of the Falklands War, having served there twice and having a great affinity for the Islands and people, I felt it essential to see the other side of the conflict just to see how the Argentines had squandered such a militarily strong position on the islands. Some of the accounts did not surprise me and it became clear throughout the book the massive gulf that exists between the Officer corps and the conscripted bulk of the Argentine armed forces. It amazed me that the Argentines ever thought that they could stand against the finest armed forces in the world. Middlebrook has researched the subject well although without the cooperation of the Argentine Air Force, whose accounts are derived from an Argentine publication. The anecdote that brought home to me that the Argentinian foray into British sovereign territory was doomed was an account from an officer on Mount Kent who waved off his platoon as they were sent to reenforce failure at Goose Green, his main concern being that he got into dry clothes and had a good bottle of red wine before bemoaning the loss of his men - one cannot imagine the most lacklustre British officer ever contemplating doing that. No wonder the will to win was not there.
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