- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sea Harrier Over The Falklands: A Maverick at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Until I read this book I had no idea of the problems the FAA had in the Falklands. The official story gives the RAF all the credit and anyone who has read Vulcan 607 will think the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Delamare
Anyone who served "down South" in 1982 will do well to read this book. I picked it up after hearing about this man on Facebook and his book and if I was a WAFU I'd love this bloke... Read morePublished 6 months ago by BigLad78
This is a must read, superb book, I urge anybody, and everybody to read it. Facinating, exciting, incredible first hand stories from one hell of a bloke. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian Steven
This book seems to be honest. it is a good book, which evidently aims, among other things, to show the weakness and folly of some human beings who, in their own personal and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting story of one pilot's view of the air war in the Falklands, however as others have said; Cdr Ward's disdain for the RAF shines through. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tuomas
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