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A Very Strange Way to Go to War: The Canberra in the Falklands Hardcover – 11 Jul 2012
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A well-written and vivid account that provides a marvellous mix of personal recollection and the compelling tale of the almost surreal events of 30 years ago(The Telegraph)
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ANDREW VINE is an award-winning journalist and assistant editor of the Yorkshire Post. He is author of Last of the Summer Wine: The Story of the World’s Longest Running Comedy Series, and of A Very Strange Way to Go To War: The Canberra in the Falklands. He lives in Leeds.
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What has not been written about the Falklands war? probably quite a lot but it will be difficult to find stranger story of a Luxury Liner and crew sailing into Port San Carlos with the intention of anchoring in water that shallow that she could not really be sunk.
There are stories aplenty in this book that you feel Hollywood would never dare to put into a film, but happened anyway. I really liked the account of the board of trade "jobsworth" standing beside the ship as she was being overloaded in Southampton and repainting the max. load marking so they remained visible.
While the combat forces have always had the most coverage in this conflict you cannot forget or ignore those others who took a risk, that they were not trained for, such as the ships doctor who phoned her brother to tell him she was sailing to war on the Canberra, while he was staying in Germany as a RAF pilot.
The Canberra was truly one of the last of the great liners and I cannot help but wonder how one of the current floating hotels would cope in this situation.
Most people associate Belfast with the RMS Titanic, but this is another Belfast built ship which after decades of lines voyages to Australia, World cruises and genteel meanders around the Mediterranean, was suddenly requisitioned, hastily adapted and sent off as a troop ship to the South Atlantic. It is a riveting read and once I had started I was unable to stop. A great read and I enjoyed every single page.
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