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Bomb Alley: Aboard HMS Antrim at War Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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David is a natural storyteller and even the most trivial of incidents leap from the page with life and colour. Although I'm not a man or a sailor, nor have I been to war, there were many times when I felt absolutely in the centre of the action and riveted by the drama and pathos." -- Jane Baker - Writer's Advice Centre
"A vivid and compelling account of the Falklands War which gives a quite different perspective of what went on to the normal senior officers' reminiscences." -- Navy News
"Bearing in mind that it is normally officers who write accounts of war in the Royal Navy, it is refreshing to add David Yates to the pantheon of Falklands War authors. All in all it is a brilliant effort." -- Warships International Fleet Review
"Bomb Alley achieves what only the best first-hand accounts do. It gives an insight into the humanity of those caught up in such momentous events and in so doing draws the reader into the narrative to feel something of what it was like for those who lived and died as history was made." -- Mike Starke - Isle of Wight County Press
"David has produced a book that is worthy of a place in the history of the Royal Navy. His easy style, fascination for detail and his descriptions of work-a-day life onboard HMS Antrim, coupled with the remarkable details of the Falklands War itself, all make for a very good read." -- Wots Out Now Website
I would certainly recommend it to anyone who was in the conflict, who remembers life aboard the beautiful 'light cruisers' of the County class or who wants a taste of life on the lower deck. It is written by someone who was there- with honesty and perception. -- Navy News - Feb 2007
It is most refreshing to add David Yates to the pantheon of Falklands War authors, particularly as he writes so fluidly and with a genuine warmth, conveying the ordinary heroics of combat at sea, as well as its stupidities. 'Bomb Alley' also has a comprehensive Naval Glossary, a Naval Cook's Glossary, a list of nick-names and an index. All in all, it is a brilliant effort. -- Warships International Fleet Review
This is the untold story of the Falklands War as experienced by a below-decks seaman on one of the most important ships to be despatched to the South Atlantic. It is a no-holds-barred account as seen through the eyes of a Royal Navy matelot who shared the terror of the first encounter with Argentinean forces when South Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat. Then, HMS Antrim lead the first attack into the North Falklands Sound where she destroyed enemy defences and later became part of the main force anti-aircraft defences in the infamous 'Bomb Alley' or San Carlos Water.During one of the many air attacks, the ship was struck by a bomb that destroyed her defensive missile system, but through pure chance, the bomb did not explode and remained aboard wedged in the aft 'heads'. All around the stricken ship other RN vessels were taking extreme punishment from the almost continuous onslaught from low-flying Argentinean jets. HMS Antelope, HMS Coventry and the Atlantic Conveyer were all lost within a short period whilst the army was trying to establish a bridgehead.
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One of the ships I served on HMS Ariadne ( Leander Frigate) was mentioned, don't think she was part of the task force,but was subject to a failed attempt by Divers to blow her up in Gib harbour.
Another of my ex ships Hydra( RN Survey Ship) was involved as a hospital ship.
Can understand the negative reviews from members of the ship company who served on the Antrim with the writer during this conflict,as they would not be able to stroll about the ship when closed up at action stations,if the writer had been a Seaman then their would have been different accounts written
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