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Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304355429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304355426
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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the definitive account of the battle above the South Atlantic islands (Navy News)

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The controversial account of what really happened in the south Atlantic skies

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good insight
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Good account from a man who was there. Ripping stuff
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Interesting read - highlights the inter-Service rivalry during the Falklands war.
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Finally got around to reading this book. Clearly it is the definitive account of the role of the Sea Harrier in the Falklands war written by someone who was an outstanding, highly intelligent, charismatic and compassionate-to both colleagues and enemies alike- leader. I had thought the decision to scrap the Harrier odd even before reading this book. Unless the tactical advantages of the Harrier in combat-so well described by "Sharkey" in his book- have been made redundant by advances in air to air missile technology then it is completely mystifying. The impression the author gave me was of an outspoken leader determined to get the most out of his aircraft and pilots to destroy the enemy. Not arrogant. Just very passionate. The book is very engaging and well written. Those of us who care about the quality of our Armed Forces will lament the treatment of this officer and the decline in quality of our defences-both human and material. We will not see his like again for perhaps a very long time.
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Thoroughly believable account of the air war over the Falklands. A great insight into squadron life during the conflict as well as a wider view of what was happening during the war. While I have read some comments that are less than favourable due to Sharkys' views on how command handled aspects of the conflict, its his view and he is entitled too it, I think he had reason to be annoyed with how some things are handled. Not meaning to offer offence to the RN pilots of the conflict but it sounds like the attitude and commitment of Sharky and his squadron would have fitted in well with a WW2 Battle of Britain RAF squadron. Well written and I found it riveting, much more than a dry recounting of facts or diary entries, a really good read.
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Good read!
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I couldn't put this down! It is a great read. Sharkey puts his spirit and his passion into this book, as he must have done into his flying and fighting.
He delivers some great knocking copy against the RAF, so I bought Vulcan 607 too in the interests of balance. Sharkey goes to some length to knock the RAF's efforts in the Falklands - the Vulcan raids used up so much fuel to very little effect, but he does miss the point that the RAF's mission was as political and strategic as well as military. Also, he appears to have felt that the Royal Navy, the FAA, and the Sea Harrier didn't get enough respect before during and after the war. I hope that isn't true. From what I recall, the Navy played the major role, the Harrier was highly vaunted and the sailors and airmen regarded as heroes, and rightly so.

This book isn't pure history, but an excellent memoir from a true fighter pilot hero. Nice one Sharkey, and thank you for all you have done for you Country.
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Of all the many accounts written by those who took part in the Falklands war, Commander Ward's book is one of the most heartfelt.
He writes as he flies -- passionately and with his heart on his sleeve. Unlike, say, Admiral Sandy Woodward's Hundred Days, which is much more measured in its tone, 'Sharkey' Ward lets you know exactly how it felt to be a frontline Sea Harrier pilot onboard the aircraft carrier, Invincible.
I knew nothing of modern naval aviation operations before I read this book, and as I did so became acutely aware that perhaps the 'Silent Service' had been too silent for its own good on this score.
If you want to know what it feels lke to fly over water at night, trying to navigate your way back to a tiny, darkened, flightdeck, in the middle of a windswept South Atlantic --- then this is it.
Mind you, besides fighting the Argentine pilots, Commander Ward's opponents also include; 'the Flag'- his shorthand for Admiral Woodward and his staff onboard the flagship, Hermes; and 'The Light Blue' - the Royal Air Force, whom Commander Ward basically accuses of high-jacking the PR aftermath of the Falklands Air Warto such an extent, that they almost wiped out public memeory of the Fleet Air Arm's pivotal role in the campaign, as well as laying-on some very high-profile but basically ineffective long-rang Vulcan bombing of Stanley airfield from Ascenscion Island - Ward argues Sea Harriers could have done the job more effectively and at much lower cost.
I did wonder on some of these issues, whether or not this was just one man's view. But even if they were, it's still worth reading.
Comparing all the different Falklands acounts, what becomes clear is that how much of a strain the war was.
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