Discussion in 'Falkland Islands (Op CORPORATE)' started by pommydigger, Jun 7, 2009.
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Anyone got any suggestions on good books on the FW?
Don't cry for me Sarn't Major?
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Battle For The Falklands by Max Hastings & Simon Jenkins gives a good background to the political mess that resulted in Op Corporate, and a reasonable coverage of the military side. For more specific reading there is a list at http://www.naval-history.net/F01Books.htm
There are lots , but for me , Rick jolly,s Red and Green Life machine, and Forgotten Voices Hugh Manners, and lastly but not least 3 Para battle for mount Longdon John Cooksey
Don't cry for me Sergeant Major.
Falklands Commando By Hugh McManners,Lots of radio stag and pooing in plastic bags!
Vince Bramley's "Excursion to Hell"
I enjoyed 'Reasons in Writing' by Ewen Southby-Tailyour. A Royal Marine who, despite his father being CG of the RM had been somewhat side-lined due to a clash with his then CO and sent down as OC of Naval Party 8901 (standing by to be corrected on the number) in the Falklands in the last days of the 70s. He upset 'the system' by taking his wife and 2 small children on the unaccompanied posting, but he also shipped down his yacht on which he then spent a year mapping the beaches around the islands in his spare time. On comes the Falklands War and all of a sudden, the sidelined Marine is suddenly the best-qualified advisor that the Task Force Commander could need!
For an overall view, try The Official History of the Falklands Campaign (Vols I & II) as revised and updated in 2007 by Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College London where he is currently Vice Principal. The action accounts are in Vol II (War and Diplomacy).
For Queen & Country by Nigel 'Spud' Ely is also a good read...
This is a reading list from the National Army Museum.
Or have a root through google books
Personal recommendation - Not Mentioned in Dispatches , Spencer Fitz- Gibbon (ISBN 0-7188-3016-4). I hope this helps.
Two more from very personal and little-publicised RN Diving and Bomb Disposal perspectives:
Diver by Tony Groom (highly recommended reading)
Keep Your Head Down - A Falklands Farewell by Lt Cdr Bernie Bruen MBE, DSC, RN (a very unconventional character)
I have "The Secret War for the Falklands" by Nigel West but haven't read it yet so can't recommend it particularly
thanks for that- I will check them out. Have ordered Don't cry for me off amazon.
Top book, found a copy for a quid in a book sale and thoroughly enjoyed it, well recomended.
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