Wings of the Malvinas: The Argentine Air War Over the Falklands Hardcover – 31 May 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of details, though I am sure British readers would object to claims that HMS Invincible was actually bombed. Translation mistakes here and there, as well as a wrong caption.Published 10 months ago by daniel jackson
Superb book, a lot of first hand accounts from pilots from both side, in deep techical informations, great collection of picturesPublished 12 months ago by Jacopo Flotta
"The other sides" story. A very good read, I was particularly taken by "the Invincible Attack" the alleged attack on Royal navy carriers told with such gusto, an... Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Stewart
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It is a well written and very interesting read of a conflict from the perspective of the 'enemy' and certainly gave me a new respect for... Read more
This appears at face value to be a brilliant piece of research on Argentina's air war over the Falkland Islands. However, all that research would have been better supported if Sr. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by darragh
This is a really well put together book, nicely produced in hardcover with a lot of pictures and with a lot of detail. Read morePublished on 19 May 2013 by Dr MnO
This is an Argentine account of the air war in the South Atlantic in 1982, and it is a refreshing breath of fresh air reading the alternative point of view. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by M. Steedman
This is a well written , very detailed book from the Argentinian perpective. Lots of information about the aircraft type ,markings ,bases they operated from however, I personally... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2012 by Magoo67