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A gripping account, a real page turner.
on 9 July 2001
I was eleven in 1982, so whilst I remember the names of "Goose Green" "Exocet" and "General Belgrano", my knowledge of the events of the Falklands war was rather patchy. This account gives full information and personal accounts from both Islanders and Soldiers who lived through the campaign. It is largely free from political accounts, which is good, as the build-up and final battles are not hindered by events happening in Whitehall and Buenos Aires, and so is allowed to develop into a ripping narrative. One criticism I do have, is of Middlebrook's reluctance to criticise the British military for some of the glaring mistakes that were made, namely in the sinking of the Sheffield (this will have to be revised in light of the recent BBC programme), and the Sir Galahad. But all-in-all this is a very good book.