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Call for Fire: Sea Combat in the Falklands and the Gulf War Hardcover – 26 Oct 1995
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Captain Chis Craig divides his book into two parts. The first describes his time as the commander of HMS Alacrity during the Falklands War. Reporting directly to Admiral Sandy Woodward, it describes the action that Alacrity and her crew engaged in while extricating the Argentinean forces from South Georgia and the Falklands. From covert operations to direct action, Alacrity was in the thick of the action from the start. While other British ships were lost or damaged (Sheffield, Antelope, etc.) and having survived concerted air attacks and the South Atlantic waves, Alacrity returned home unscathed but with its main gun barrel worn out through constant action. One of Alacrity's encounters led to the infamous and callous Sun newspaper headline - "GOTCHA". Chris Craig was decorated for his role in saving the survivors of the Atlantic Conveyor sinking.
The second part of this thoughtful book deals with the Gulf War, where Chris Craig was the senior British naval officer. He was right at the heart of the decision making process reporting to General Sir Peter de la Billiere who in turn reported to 'Stormin' Norman Schwartzkopf. At the same time he had to command on a daily basis all the elements of the British Task Force in the Gulf, and provided (amongst many services) anti-mine operations to protect not only his Royal Navy ships, but those of the American Fleet.
Chris Craig holds the distinction of having lost not one sailor in either of these deadly theatres.
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