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Wings of the Malvinas: The Argentine Air War Over the Falklands Hardcover – 31 May 2012

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hikoki Publications; Reprint edition (31 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902109228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902109220
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 3.2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Santiago Rivas specializes in Latin American aviation and defence matters, both historic and recent and manages the main defence and aviation archive in Argentina providing material for more than 40 magazines around the world. He has published 13 books in six countries and took part in many others.


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This is quite a unique book. It is large and heavy and beautifully produced. It also tells a very interesting story: the Falklands air war, but from the Argentine perspective.
First there's an introduction to the conflict of about 60 pages. This includes a map with all Argentine air bases and an Order of Battle of the Air Force down to individual aircraft numbers.
The actual war is dealt with by unit. So every unit gets a chapter. In each such chapter the story of the unit is told in detail, with memories of actual airmen cited wherever possible. The story is well supported by colour and black and white photos, maps and colour profiles.
The first such chapter deals with I Brigada Aerea, equiped with the C-130 Hercules (and other transports). Next is II Brigada Aerea with the Canberra. III Brigada Aerea with Pucara's is then followed by the A-4's of IV Brigada Aerea. This Brigade had the A-4's camouflaged in Sand and Dark Brown-green. A large selection of colour photo's shows them to good effect, especially with the special squadron colour markings. The stories of the pilots that flew the missions against British ships were quite interesting.
Chapter 10 then deals with V Brigada Aerea, also with A-4's. It includes a number of photo's that nicely show the different type of camouflage used by this Brigade. The missions of this unit are again described in detail, whereven possible complemented by memories of the actual pilots. Also some British seamen were cited, to give a picture from the other side.
Chapter 11 describes events for VI Brigada Aerea, equiped with the Dagger. VII Brigada is next, and it flew assorted helicopters.
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It's a big heavy; high-quality publication. The pictures in it seem like really authentic 80s shots and the bibliography extensive.
The fact that this Argentinian chap took so much trouble to write this; well, you'd have to expect a little bit of patriotism to come through, wouldn't you?
Because I have read three other books on the Falklands air war, written from the British perspective it was really useful to cross-reference between them and this book the accounts of what happened when
If you are able to do the same it can be really interesting. In one encounter the British pilots say a missile was fired at them; the Argentinians say one was fired at them. But neither side fired their missiles!
Some of what the author says is beyond doubt: He gives account of the Dagger and Skyhawk raids on the British warships. He says they are brave, but that was exactly what the people on the navy ships and the Harrier pilots said. When you read what they went through you can see they must have been very committed to their duty.
However, sometimes it feels a bit like Mr Rivas gets a bit too much on his pilot's side! The Mirage squadron were supposed to be defending the attack aircraft against the predations of the Sea Harriers. After a disastrous first encounter most commentators seem to feel that the pilots felt vulnerable due to less effective missiles and the long-range they were fighting at and didn't mix-it again. However, Rivas insists these escort missions went on and that at least on two occasions the Harriers 'escaped' which would seem tricky as they were sub-sonic, unlike the Mirages they 'escaped' from.
Finally, and still on the subject of the bravery of the Argentine pilots, the Hercules pilots and crew kept on flying the whole period of the conflict.
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An excellent incredibly well researched, well illustrated book which illustrates what it was like for the Argentinian pilots in the Falklands war. Without any bias, or flag waving , it brings home the difficulties from their point of view of flight over the freezing waters of the S. Atlantic, always short on fuel, then running the gauntlet of Sea Harrier CAPs, the missiles, and flak from Royal Navy ships, then if that was survived, they faced the long return to Argentina. The many unservicabilities of aircraft, and especially bombs, allowed our British ships, and sailors to escape quite a few watery graves. As a lifelong aviation buff I rate this book as demonstrating the way to write a history of a conflict. All aircraft are covered, not just the major combat fighters/ bombers types. My only complaint is that some maps have microscopic print of place names in the Falklands/Malvinas.
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This is a very rare full blown account of the Falklands air war covered from the Argentine side by Santiago Rivas who has taken great pains to do the research and bring out a lot of unknown info - full of rare first person pilot accounts and perspective from the Argentine side - covers all the aspects in great detail - the mission planning , tactics , sorties - rare pictures and excellent profiles - this is a must buy for any air war enthusiast
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I was afraid this would be another bit of anti-British propoganda, but far from it, it is a very well balanced and informative read from the 'other side'. The quality of the book is excellent, especially as it is relatively inexpensive. A thoroughly enjoyable read, this is my third Hikoki publication and I doubt it will be my last.
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