- 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)
Sink the Belgrano Hardcover – 4 Jun 2007
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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
The dramatic and definitive account of the sinking of the Belgrano.See all Product Description
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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."
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.Read more ›
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I heard the bang and thought it was thunder, so did the rest of my team! It was only 2 days later we found out what that 'bang' was!! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dr. C. Evans.
Striking recollection of life on board The Conqueror, the political decision making leading up to the order from the UK to attack The Belgrano and the devastating effect of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Keri Dillon
For a historical book this reads very easily. It gives a balanced view from both sides of the conflict. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by J. Mcclement
Another account of what happened in the Falklands war , another book i have read more than once ,it covers accounts both before and after the Falklands , a really enjoyable readPublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by nigel monks