As a bit of a military history buff, I enjoyed this book. Pen & Sword do many titles in this same genre - they are all pretty much the same format, with authors cutting & pasting chunks of quotes form various documents. This makes for an interesting read sometimes, but it also makes it feel like the author is cobbling together lots of material as fast as possible to get another title out the door. This book has a strange appendix that seems to have been bolted on as an afterthought, and it appears as if someone emailed the author his memoirs, and they were pasted into th end of the book, word for word, out of sequence and context. It should have been a proper chapter, or worked into existing chapters.
I have also noticed that these kind of books often go on for page after page saying things like "... on 3rd December.... " and " ..on 4th March..." without mentioning the year, and you spend ages going backwards looking for the last mention of what year it relats to. Infuriating.
The worst problem is with the repeated use of paragraph after paragraph of needless abbreviations that seem to make the author appear to be really clever, or a bit of a nerd (much more likely). Something along the lines of "The cup and saucer (CAC) are often used to make coffee. This is made using milk and sugar (M&S) and hot water (HW)". Infuriating.
Buffs who are interested in researching a unit's history will like this, as it's fact after fact flowing in a chronological way, but it also suffers because of this, and is hard to read in many places - a more mainstream author would be able to make the story flow more easily, and put things in context better. But a more mainstream author would not write this, so we can't have it both ways.
My main complaint with all such histories is the almost painfully, embarrassing way in which the authors describe the unit as being wonderful, and everyone upbeat and happy, with nothing but success after success appearing in the unit history. Military units are never like this, and the authors' almost starry-eyed adulation of the subjects is irritating.
Having served in the Royal Navy in the Falklands War, I had hoped to find more background information about the problems of helicopter operations in that conflict, but it was a very thin, skin-deep "everything went jolly well, and the chaps all pulled together" type of chapter. This did not do justice either to the grand work done by the AAC in that war, nor the people on the ground who suffered when it didn't go jolly well.
Having said all that, you'll be surprised to hear that overall I enjoyed the book - it's a workable historical volume that is a useful reference book, and goes a good way to singing the praises of the AAC doing vital observation, Casevac and resupply work, and not just the sexy Apache gunship stuff.