Razors Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War

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Good review, I particularly liked
He knows exactly where to apportion praise and blame. Thus he views the Foreign Office, and many in the Ministry of Defence, with contempt. He loathes the BBC, which he accuses of losing interest in the war once it could be seen that the Task Force was winning. And he despises many individuals, including named numbers of the Labour Party and the anti-Thatcher wing of the Conservative Party. Unexpectedly, Michael Foot, the leader of the opposition, he exempts from his strictures - but Tony Benn, Ted Heath and Jack Straw he excoriates.
No pulling his punches, I must read this book.
 
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PassingBells said:
Good review, I particularly liked
He knows exactly where to apportion praise and blame. Thus he views the Foreign Office, and many in the Ministry of Defence, with contempt. He loathes the BBC, which he accuses of losing interest in the war once it could be seen that the Task Force was winning. And he despises many individuals, including named numbers of the Labour Party and the anti-Thatcher wing of the Conservative Party. Unexpectedly, Michael Foot, the leader of the opposition, he exempts from his strictures - but Tony Benn, Ted Heath and Jack Straw he excoriates.
No pulling his punches, I must read this book.
Thanks for the heads up on this, mate
Cheers
 
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In the aftermath, Air Marshal Craig, Chief of the Defence Staff during the war, deprecated my reference to the totality of the British victory with the sober words: "If the Argentines had fused just seven more of their bombs correctly, we would have lost."

Were he alive, he and Hugh Bicheno would have much on which to agree.

It might come as a bit of a shock to Sir David Craig (now Lord Craig of Radley) that he's dead - I think Sir John means Lord Lewin (or the sub-editor made a bit of a c0ck-up)
 
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I thought this was worth a bump as this is a very good book.

Bicheno is hilarious, perhaops not always intentionally, but he is very good on both the juntas attitudes and on the military aspects of the conflict.

A must for any Falklands scholars.
 
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Excellent in every way, and well-timed.

VMT for posting.
 
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Thanks for bringing this to my attention - will pick up a copy this w/e.

Interesting and telling quote from the review:

"In the aftermath, Air Marshal Craig, Chief of the Defence Staff during the war, deprecated my reference to the totality of the British victory with the sober words: "If the Argentines had fused just seven more of their bombs correctly, we would have lost."

Food for thought.......
 
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seanbean said:
Thanks for bringing this to my attention - will pick up a copy this w/e.

Interesting and telling quote from the review:

"In the aftermath, Air Marshal Craig, Chief of the Defence Staff during the war, deprecated my reference to the totality of the British victory with the sober words: "If the Argentines had fused just seven more of their bombs correctly, we would have lost."

Food for thought.......
Especially considering that bomb fusing has almost certainly been everyone's specialist subject in the Fuerza Aérea Argentina ever since - and Labour have mothballed most of our ships....
 
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