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Storming The Falklands: My War and After Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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A vivid and harrowing first-hand account (Military History Magazine )
[A] visceral, fast-paced, no-holds-barred autobiography . . . Strongly recommended (Neil Faulkner Military History Monthly )
A vivid, thoughtful book (Herald magazine )
A harrowing first-hand account (Daily Mirror )
The battle on the ground is told starkly and emotionally by Tony Banks (John Nott Daily Telegraph ) --Military History Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
* The fascinating true story of the battle for the Falklands, and one man's struggle to readjust afterwardsSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A real page turner, this book is an easy read. Very straightforward and direct in a soldier's way, it pulls no punches.
The book is well written and a real page turner.
The only down side is the rather 'blokey' looking cover that may deter women readers which is a shame.
Tony Banks gave a frank and searing insight into war, and I particularly loved the section of the book where he seeks out his former enemy.
I'd like to see this as a tv drama. The twists and turns pull you in and the narrative is so dramatic you can lose your eyes and feel you are standing in his shoes. His own conflict long after the war shows no-one escapes their past. For me, he became a true hero when he talked about this aspect of his life. Deeply moving and a first class read.
This book is 300 pages long. The first third deals with Banks' life before the war, so there's a lot about his school life, places where he grew up, going out on the town with his mates et cetera. The fairly brief middle section concerns the actual war itself, the bloody, terrifying fighting, the freezing conditions, the anger, the adrenalin, the horror; the most interesting final third concerns the after-effects of the war: the awful, vivid anguish of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how that can take many years to fully evidence itself and the ways in which it can manifest - reclusiveness, drinking, violent outbursts and displacement activity - in Banks' case, this was throwing himself headlong in to running his own business and becoming a millionaire, while his family life crumbled.
If you are looking for a book that describes the actual combat in great detail, this is not the book for you. Though Banks fought in the same Battalion as author John Geddes and describes many of the same events, I'd recommend Geddes' book, Spearhead Assault, for a better first-hand account of the Falklands War. However, despite the macho title and "Boy's Own" cover (hardback version), Banks' book is never intended to be an exhaustive description of the fighting; rather, this is, in essence, quite a reflective and somber account of the terrible effects that war can have on the psyche and how the mental scars last many years after the physical wounds are overcome.Read more ›
This book provides an excellent account of a man who is created into one of the British Army's finest (aka the paras). The account of the warfare is excellent and though I had known about the battles of Goose Green and Wireless Ridge, I had never known their true detail or ferocity. The author really engaged me with his accounts of the battles and the honesty of his viewpoint.
What really completed this book however was the story afterwards. There was no "after-care" for British or Argentinian soldiers with what they saw and experienced and the author leads us expertly through his downward depression spiral and then finally to his salvation of meeting opposing veterans, becoming involved in charity and finally being able to make peace with himself on the Falklands in his first ever return.
If you want a really all-encompassing and full story about a soldier in the Falklands and how he managed to cope with his ghosts from that conflict then read this book - it accounts the true cost of what it means for this country to send men to war, which is sadly sometimes necessary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A true story told with humility. His descriptions of the conflict are both vivid and soul searching. Having just returned from Argentina and Ushuaia they have not gone away.Published 18 months ago by M. Kelly