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Nine Battles to Stanley Hardcover – 1 Jan 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper (Pen & Sword Books Ltd); ist edition. edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850526191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850526196
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 977,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd go as far to say that this is the best book I've ever read on the Falklands War. The author was there but unlike the authors of other books I've read (such as Max Hastings) he wasn't preoccupied with trying to get the best stories; he was an intelligent operative and talks a much more balanced view than the rest of those I've come across. Uniquely he talks well about the ability of the Argentine units: some good, some bad, which is something one rarely hears from British authors who seem to think that your average Argentinian infantryman was of poor quality. For anyone who's really into a good read and learning a good insight into the conflict. this book is for you.
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I have to admit that I did not count the number of battles, so I don't know if it really was nine battles, but I found the book to be well worth reading. It is written more as a (well written) history book than as a war memoir, even though Nick van der Bijl was a participant. This book not only deals with the Falklands per se, but also covers what happened in South Georgia.
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By A Customer on 7 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
An introduction to the Falklands Conflict this is not, but for those who have already studied the conflict, it is an useful additional text.
Van der Bijl goes into much more detail on the battles than, say, Hastings - going down, generally, to company level on each side - but not right down to platoon level and below like Adkin.
Unfortunately, the book is slightly chronologically confused (in layout, not fact), which makes it hard to read - and I found it neccesary to keep Hastings handy for cross reference. In addition, some of the maps do not completely agree with the text.
In summary, well worth an addition to a Falklands bookshelf one already has, but is not the book to start it. Hopefully Adkin is working on the other eight battles!
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This is quite an informative book whilst going into a lot of detail. It is however an uneasy book to read. I suspect that it has been put together from a wide variety of individuals detailed accounts. This results in what feels at the time, like an ad hoc compilation of those accounts. The flowing read that is required from a book so informative as this just wasn't quite 'there'. I was also expecting from a member of the intelligence gang, some behind the scenes info which just wasn't there. The content can all be found elsewhere. Still a decent attempt though!
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