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One view of how it really was
on 2 January 2003
Hugh McManners' Falklands Commando is unique in that most UK special forces books are written by former enlisted members who came from working class backgrounds. McManners comes from a more upper class background, having studied at Oxford. He was a Captain in the Royal Artillery, attached to 3rd Commando Brigade as the leader of a naval gunfire support team. As such, he often operated with SBS and SAS forces.
McManners writes well and describes how he saw the Falkland Islands conflict. Falklands Commando is not a comprehensive account of the South Atlantic War. You need not be familiar with all the details of that war, but the more previous knowledge you have, the more you can appreciate McManners' account.
McManners details the build-up, journey south, and the subsequent missions his team undertook to observe Argentinean positions and call naval fire upon them. All in all, it's an excellent account that puts a human face on conflict.
The most recent edition includes a foreword and afterwards by McManners in which he relates the Falklands experience to the present day and the War on Terror. If I had one criticism, it is certain segments of the account were footnoted, supposedly to relate additional information McManners later learned after the book first went to print. Only many of these footnotes were missing.