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Sink the Belgrano Hardcover – 4 Jun 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st. Edition edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593058429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593058428
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sinking of the aged Argentine cruiser Belgrano - which as a US ship had survived Pearl Harbour - by the British nuclear-powered submarine Conqueror was the defining moment of the Falklands War. Here, author Mike Rossiter tells the definitive story of the act of war that became a political crisis and committed Britain to conflict. With access to the surviving crews of both vessels, Rossiter reconstructs the build-up to the deadly clash, from the political decision in Whitehall to send the Task Forces to the South Atlantic, to the military order which sent three deadly torpedoes into the Belgrano - taking 340 Argentine sailors down with her. --Naval and Military Press

The sinking of the aged Argentine cruiser Belgrano by the British submarine Conqueror was the defining moment of the Falklands War. This is the full enthralling story. --Chris Buckland

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The dramatic and definitive account of the sinking of the Belgrano.

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Format: Paperback
I wasn't expecting much other than some mildly diverting war-lit, but this account of HM Sub Conqueror's not-insignificant contribution to the Falklands campaign had me gripped. Given the political fall-out from the sinking of the Belgrano, the achievements of an incredibly brave crew have been overlooked, and in this book their story can now be told.
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Format: Hardcover
Even though the outcome of the story is well known, the author has written a very exciting account of this crucial early episode in the Falklands War. The suspense builds up over the course of the first half of the book and there are also new pieces of information given by the author which are not well so well known in lay circles. Also unlike other books of this type we are not inundated with too many names which can make the plot of this type of book hard to follow. The book also sets out both the long and short terms causes of the war in a concise and interesting way.
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Format: Paperback
This book fills a gap in the literature about the Falklands War. I already knew that the sinking of the Belgrano was one of the most significant actions of the war, since it drove the Argentine navy back into its territorial waters, so I was interested to read in detail how it came about.

It was disappointing that the publishers chose to omit the photographs from this paperback edition but couldn't be bothered to remove the "Picture Acknowledgements". That's why I am only giving it three stars.

I wish that Mike Rossiter had clued himself up on naval jargon. On the first page of the first chapter he says, "Conqueror was tied up at the quayside in Faslane." I can't give the source, but I remember reading many years ago of an exchange of signals between a Royal Navy warship and the port admiral. The captain reported that the ship was "tied up" at number x dock. The admiral replied, "Shoelaces are tied up. HM ships are secured."
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
There is more to this book than the subject of it's title, although that is inevitably the main focus. The book gives a rounded view of the submarine deployments in the Falklands War and the circumstances arising from command & control to the narrow escape of the Argentine aircraft carrier as a result of redployment of another submarine. This is primarily the story of HMS Conqueror's war along with insights into the work of the other deployed submarines. The narrative of the war is necessary to maintain the context of Conqueror's operations and the orders given. The actual sinking is covered quite quickly but there is enough insight to understand the action from the Belgrano's point of view. On the Kindle edition there are a few maps which explain the actions in the text which is well written and procedes at a good pace.
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Format: Hardcover
I first read this hardback book a couple of years ago, on receiving it as a birthday present from my wife. As I have only recently begun writing reviews on Amazon, I had a brief look at some of the reviews before re-reading the book.

Having gone through the book, I have to say that I found it excellent, and feel that some of the critical comments by prior reviewers are carping, to say the least. Whilst it is true that few readers will be totally ignorant of the background, that could also be said of virtually every other book on military battles, for example, The Dambusters, and The Battle of the River Plate. The fact that the actual sinking is covered in a few pages, could also be applied to other books, such as "Sydney Cipher and Search", and "73 Degrees North" (see my other reviews). If the battles are all you want, most war volumes could be sold as paperback pamphlets!

The book comes over as well researched, and gives a very vivid account of the action in HMS Conqueror, and the atmosphere in the Belgrano, from the moment she set sail, to abandoning ship, and the privations endured by her survivors before their rescue.
Whilst some may feel there was too little detail about the Conqueror, the Offical Secrets Act may be relevant here, and in any case, others might well have found extra detail to be boring or irrelevant - you cannot please all the people all the time!

I found all photographs listed in the acknowlegements to be present; the illustrations of the Conqueror and her crew, the senior British naval and political figures of the war, and other photos of Argentinian ships and aircraft, were all pertinent to the narrative.
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Format: Paperback
One of the best accounts of post war submarine opperations I have read a real page turner from start to finish including accounts from the Argentine side the chapters covering the Belgrano putting to sea prepairing for combat and the re-taking of South Georgia are very interesting also the operation warts and all of these potent weapons the professionalism of those that crew them is to say the least impressive.problems in the command structure are not glossed over frustrations not airbrushed the Argentine battle group led by the late Cpt Bonzo could have done immense damage to the British Task Force and would have not shied away from doing so, it had to be stopped others may think different and we all regret the loss of life mostly very young as can be said for the rest of the campaign, the Argentine carrier returning to port was for the best as she would have gone the same way after the failure of her first attempt to carry out an attack on the task force one that could have ended the British attempt to re-take the Falklands there and then.
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