The first-hand account of one special forces team's operations in the Falklands War in 1982. The book covers: preparation and departure; at sea; planners and hoaxers; Ascension Island; and HMS Intrepid in "bomb alley".
I have read many witness accounts of the Falklands - in fact I served with 2 Para there during the battles. I have found them all to be the same with only a slightly different perspective. This is a radical departure from that perspective and a fascinating description of events coming from the Royal Marines rather than the Army. I had met most of the individuals mentioned so this had a personal connection and empathy but most of all it is well written, well observed and funny where it needs to be. It also discloses the extent of the involvement of 148 Battery who seem to have been all over the place in their small groups but that is the point. Theirs was not a major unit like a Commando or a Parachute Batallion whose perspective has been thoroughly written of but it is a special forces team perspective which makes the book such a pleasant surprise and a real complement to the existing library of that conflict. The disclosure of the shelling incident had to be made because it has been buried. The discussion on how the RN was affronted about the self centred view that the Paras had won the war single handed was interesting because that was certainly the message that appeared - whether disseminated deliberately or not. Well written, engaging and exciting on its own, but it also comes from a different perspective than the other books.
This is an excellent book for any student of the Falkland's War for several reasons: 1. Its written by a soldier but one who was commando trained, so he had deep insights on the Royal Marines. Also as a someone tasked with directing Naval Gunfire he enjoyed a close working relationship with the RN...and the ground attack component of the air war (also directed on occasion by his Battery). Accordingly he had a broad insight on the main fighting arms of the conflict and gives a truly impartial review of the operations. 2. By any measure this unit was tasked as and operated as special forces...and his observations on these missions is refreshingly down to earth and eschews the testosterone of the Special Author Service books (a particular feature of the post-B20 world). 3. This is a wonderfully well written account: its blends the human story with that of the broader conduct of the war, it is intimate, imparts the pressure and hardship of the operation, is well paced and technical without being inaccessible.
Always good to hear of true events from a moment in time, started to lose me near the end when author started about ptsd issues and lack of care for servicemen who returned, I thought the book would be more of events from his time on the falklands
I read this when first published and raced through it as it is written beautifully. I have now bought a copy as a gift for my father who enjoyed it very much, so much so, that we have all read another book edited by the author on the same subject. I admit that I knew the author a long time ago which is why I first read it but I strongly recommend this if you are interested In the conflict on any level.
As an avid reader of first hand military History, I've read a number of books about the Falklands War recently, and this is one of the best. Its a very honest account of the authors experiences during the campaign and afterwards, written in a style that effortlessly puts you right by his side as he shivers and suffers lying hidden behind enemy lines for days on end. Can't wait tread the sequel.
Having moved down to the Falklands it is some days hard to understand how they managed to live, sleep , hide and yomp through the mountains and achieve what they did. I particularly love the story about the helicopter Pilot putting the rocket into the Police station roof as I now work in that building!
Not only is this book about one mans war in the Falklands but also describes in great detail about the rest of the war. I've read many book on the Falklands and I found my self learning bits I didn't know. Looking for a good book this is it. Looking for a good book on the Falklands this is it.