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Falklands War

#1
What're the best books on this war?

I've read
- The Falklands Conflict: 20 years on (The Sandhurst book..apologies if I got the name wrong)

- The Falklands War, 1982 by Martin Middlebrook

and When the Fighting is Over by Lawrence

and
- Above all, courage: The Falklands front line : first-hand accounts by Max Arthur

Can anyone recommend some better books/documentaries on this war?


Would be very grateful!
 
#3
For an amusing take on the war try 'Don't cry for me Sergeant Major'. I can't remember the authors but it's by a couple of journalists who were attached to the troops. Very pro army with some absolute gems of squaddie humour.
 
#4
The red and green life machine by Surgeon commander Jolly.

Covers the medical stories. Carrying out a surgical operation with an unexploded bomb lodged in the wall/roof. gives the field medics side of the story (but I am a litle biased)
 
#5
brewmeister said:
For an amusing take on the war try 'Don't cry for me Sergeant Major'. I can't remember the authors but it's by a couple of journalists who were attached to the troops. Very pro army with some absolute gems of squaddie humour.
Jeremy Hands and Walter McGowan
 
#6
The Falkland Conflict Twenty Years On: Lessons for the Future .. Second Part of it
The Falklands Conflict in Personal Memory had writings by Sir John Nott, Sir Henry Leach, Brig. Horacio Gonzalez, Maj Gen Julian Thompson, Lt. Gen John Kiszely and Colonel L.J Hellberg.

I found that part very personal and interesting so I'm looking for things along those lines + different outlooks.
'Don't cry for me Sergeant Major', I could locate on Amazon! :D On this note, does anyone know a site better than Amazon for Mil History/Strategy books? Amazon seems lacking in that.

Thanks
 
#8
'42 March South' i think it was called wriiten by Lt Col Nick Vaux who was CO of 42 Cdo.

Admiral Sandy Woodward wrote a good book from the naval and senior command type of angle

Bryan Hanarahan wrote 'I Counted them all out I couted them all Back'

Brig Julian Thompson Comd 3 Cdo Bde wrote a good book but the name escapex me

I also think that H Jones 2 IC wrote one but the name of that one escape me too, it's a long toime since i read it.

Before you read about the war you should investigate the build up, the negotiations over soveriegnty we'd been engaged in for 20 years, the hunts for the worlds supply of Exocets taking MI6 across Europe and S America, Mrs T's need to get the war started before the UN got us all bogged down in negotiation (hence the Battle for Goose Green), The US offer of a Carrier, French and Spanish pressure via the EEC,,,,,, etc etc there is a lot of interesting stuff out there.
 
#9
I read one written from the Argentinian perspective. It was a fascinating insight and well worth the read. The details are as follows:

Middlebrook, Martin (1989). "The fight for the Malvinas":The Argentine forces in the Falklands War. (London: Viking)
 
#10
Green Eyed Boys
3 Para and battle for Mount Longdon

It is a somewhat contentious book about a clique within 3 Para and their experiences on Mount Longdon, taken from eye witness accounts rather than someone who was actually there. However, it is a good read and does offer a very different insight into the British Army as a whole compared to most other books.
 
#14
Silvester said:
Green Eyed Boys
3 Para and battle for Mount Longdon

It is a somewhat contentious book about a clique within 3 Para and their experiences on Mount Longdon, taken from eye witness accounts rather than someone who was actually there. However, it is a good read and does offer a very different insight into the British Army as a whole compared to most other books.
How do you get an eye witness account other than from someone who saw it. DOH!
 
#15
Another good one is by a former Fleet Air Arm Sea Harrier pilot - Cdr Sharkey Ward, who was awarded the DSC for his part in the War.

"Sea Harrier over the Falklands"

He tells it from his own, admittedly biased, blunt point of view. Good reading, especially seeing as he is not very complimentary about either the Command (ie Admiral Woodward) or the RAF contribution.

Anyway, I take his view and story on the Air War over anything the RAF would have you believe.
 
#16
First Published 1993.....A Soldiers Song - Ken Lukowiak. Orion Paperback - published by Secker & Warburg.

This guy was with 2 Para. The realities of the war, no glory, a painfull, gritty story, comic, unforgettable,, memories of madness. This guy was a Tom....and its told in his eyes, in language that probably only squaddies will really understand. This deals with the reality of being there.......and the reality of taking it back home and into civvi street.

Nothing by Ruperts, seniors, tactics above section level, backslapping or heroics.......you gotta read it.

I have never met the authour, but met guys who were there with him and like the real green machine, some were bezzers, some hated the guy but this book will make you laugh your nuts off......and then take you to the tears.

I read that more guys from the Falklands have commited suicide since getting out than were lost there. Dunno if thats a fact but " Soldiers Story" certainly gives an insight why.

If anyone knows......lemmie know how the authour is getting on?
 
#18
First Published 1993.....A Soldiers Song - Ken Lukowiak. Orion Paperback - published by Secker & Warburg.

This guy was with 2 Para. The realities of the war, no glory, a painfull, gritty story, comic, unforgettable,, memories of madness. This guy was a Tom....and its told in his eyes, in language that probably only squaddies will really understand. This deals with the reality of being there.......and the reality of taking it back home and into civvi street.

Nothing by Ruperts, seniors, tactics above section level, backslapping or heroics.......you gotta read it.

I have never met the authour, but met guys who were there with him and like the real green machine, some were bezzers, some hated the guy but this book will make you laugh your nuts off......and then take you to the tears.

I read that more guys from the Falklands have commited suicide since getting out than were lost there. Dunno if thats a fact but " Soldiers Story" certainly gives an insight why.

If anyone knows......lemmie know how the authour is getting on?
 
#19
excursion to hell vince bramley
two sides of hell vince bramley- all about several members of 3 para there story of what they did , saw experianced , also the argie side of things which is very poignant! what they went through , how they were treated by there own officers etc, an absolute must read by anyone who enjoys factual books.
 
#20
Duck,
You may wish to speak to a few SHAR boys about Sharkey Ward. Although viewed as an innovative and strong wartime leader, he was exceptionally arrogant. Aside from Command and the RAF, he did a fairly major character assassination job on the other SHAR Sqn, 800, and particularly its Boss, Lt Cdr Andy Auld. As a result, he is not a popular chap in the Sea Harrier community by all accounts, and is even less popular outside the SHAR world.

Additionally, he took particular exception to RAF claims that Nimrods flew unescorted sorties just off the coast of Argentina. However, these claims were subsequently confirmed by an RN observer who was on a Nimrod exchange at the time and who flew several of the trips!

That said, the book is an excellent read and probably one of the best available on modern (ish) jet combat. He was a brave pilot and leader who deserved his DSC.

Regards,
MM
 

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