Books to read Falkland Islands

#1
I am going on a battlefield tour to the Falklands next month (last minute volunteer) and will have to give a presentation about the landings at San Carlos.

I'm after good books or websites for research purely about the landings at San Carlos from both sides if possible or if anybody has any stories or anecdotes about their time in the conflict that will enhance the presentation.
 
#2
Are you focusing on any particular aspect of the landings or taking a general overview? It helps to know what specific angle or aspect of the thing you're looking at - I imagine there are a few here who'd be glad to share a little in a good cause ...

... you are a good cause, aren't you? :wink:
 
#3
stellawifebeater said:
I am going on a battlefield tour to the Falklands next month (last minute volunteer) and will have to give a presentation about the landings at San Carlos.

I'm after good books or websites for research purely about the landings at San Carlos from both sides if possible or if anybody has any stories or anecdotes about their time in the conflict that will enhance the presentation.
It isn't purely about San Carlos and covers the whole campaign but it is written by the bloke who ran the show;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Hundred-Days-Falklands-Commander/dp/0001046721

and is a smashing read.
 
#6
I had to do the same about a year ago.

Falklands Commando by Hugh McManners is good. It details tho work done by 'them' to prepare the area around San Carlos for the landings. Google 'fanning head mob' for more info.
 
#8
A book I keep re-reading about the Falklands War is 'A Soldiers Song' by Ken lukowiak, not so great for actual real military history but does feature the immortal line 'Maggie'll fcuk off all the lezzas and poofters and say 'go score some more ammo for the boys', which made I laugh...
 

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#9
HVM_Boy said:
I had to do the same about a year ago.

Falklands Commando by Hugh McManners is good. It details tho work done by 'them' to prepare the area around San Carlos for the landings. Google 'fanning head mob' for more info.
Make sure you get the paperback of this one. It carries corrections and updated information including his own problems & how he feels he let down one of his men who later committed suicide.
 
#11
I recently came across Sod that for a game of soldiers.

It's written by a para who was 17 during the war. It concentrates on his and his mates part as toms on the ground, so obviously won't be of use if you're after the bigger picture. I found it a very good read and reccomend it.
 
#12
Bradstyley said:
A book I keep re-reading about the Falklands War is 'A Soldiers Song' by Ken lukowiak, not so great for actual real military history but does feature the immortal line 'Maggie'll fcuk off all the lezzas and poofters and say 'go score some more ammo for the boys', which made I laugh...
Did you know that the author (Ken) used to shag Gordon Browns wife? Seriously! She was nailed by the Para Regt before Cyclops got to her!
 
#13
jack-daniels said:
Bradstyley said:
A book I keep re-reading about the Falklands War is 'A Soldiers Song' by Ken lukowiak, not so great for actual real military history but does feature the immortal line 'Maggie'll fcuk off all the lezzas and poofters and say 'go score some more ammo for the boys', which made I laugh...
Did you know that the author (Ken) used to shag Gordon Browns wife? Seriously! She was nailed by the Para Regt before Cyclops got to her!
That would explain Browns disdain of the Army then. Ha ha funny as fcuk though that his mrs really was shagged by a squaddie :D
 
#14
Red and Green Life Machine by Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly (only man decorated by both sides, I believe) is a fine read for a different perspective again.
 

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#15
If you are still in, then its worth trying the Army Historical Branch. Oops - cut & Paste follows: "The Army Historical Branch has been replaced by Corporate Memory (Analysis) branch, part of the DG Info directorate with UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). This branch is not an archive and requests for historical information received from members of the public are diverted, in accordance with standard MOD procedures, to organisations such as museums. The Army Historical Branch prepared In-House Histories of post World War II British military operations either on a tri-service or a single-service (Army) basis, according to the task. Where a tri-service history is involved, it was written in co-operation with the Naval and Air Historical Branches."
 
#17
Ord_Sgt said:
jack-daniels said:
Bradstyley said:
A book I keep re-reading about the Falklands War is 'A Soldiers Song' by Ken lukowiak, not so great for actual real military history but does feature the immortal line 'Maggie'll fcuk off all the lezzas and poofters and say 'go score some more ammo for the boys', which made I laugh...
Did you know that the author (Ken) used to shag Gordon Browns wife? Seriously! She was nailed by the Para Regt before Cyclops got to her!
That would explain Browns disdain of the Army then. Ha ha funny as fcuk though that his mrs really was shagged by a squaddie :D
She hates him now because he spilled the beans, like you do!!

From the Guardian in 2006

She had a long and volatile relationship with Falklands veteran and writer Ken Lukowiak, who later spilled intimate details about her to newspapers. By contrast, the courtship of the steady if unflashy shadow chancellor must have seemed appealing.

Ha! Shagging Gordon appealing!
 
#19
spins said:
Red and Green Life Machine by Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly (only man decorated by both sides, I believe) is a fine read for a different perspective again.
Seconded, excellent book. Deffo recommended.
 
#20
Just a quick note to say thanks to all for advice and guidance. Got back this morning have put some pics in gallery if your interested.

regards stella

edit cant get photos to upload will keep trying.
 
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