A small British force was sent some 8,000 miles to liberate a British Territory from a bunch of bandits. The result startled the world but the actions were in the finest traditions of British Arms. Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: A Companion to the Falklands War FILE: R2464 AUTHOR: Gregory Claremont-Barnes PUBLISHER: The History Press BINDING: hard back PAGES: 320 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: South Atlantic, British Free Falklands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Argie bandits, Argentina, Junta, greedy chancers, the Empire Fights Back, amphibious landing, Sea Harrier, carrier battle group, submarines ISBN: 978-0-7509-8177-4 IMAGE: B2464.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/zo8p8az LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A small British force was sent some 8,000 miles to liberate a British Territory from a bunch of bandits. The result startled the world but the actions were in the finest traditions of British Arms. Very Highly Recommended. The Falklands War was a war that should never have been needed to be fought. The stupidity of politicians desperate to manage British decline and save money encouraged a bunch of Argentine thugs to chance their arms. As so many times before, British troops and sailors were expected to shed their blood to correct the errors of the venial politicians. Once again they rose to the challenge and demonstrated bravery beyond any reasonable expectations. 35 years on and a number of new books have been published to mark the anniversary. This book is particularly welcome because it follows the dictionary format that makes it an ideal companion for all the other books that have been published this year and in the last 35 years to recount the courageous efforts of the British Armed Services to liberate the Falkland Islanders from the Argie invaders. The book can also be read from page one to the end and it makes absorbing reading with the succession of facts about the liberation of the Falklands. Many tyrants have made the mistake of thinking Britain can be ignored and the Argentine Junta were no exception. They were motivated partly by the potential to divert the attention of their own benighted people from the dire conditions in Argentina, and partly by simple greed, hoping to seize control of the rich fisheries in Falklands waters and the possibility of oil and gas reserves. They found out the hard way that the British Lion still has all of its claws. The Task Force that was sent South was a triumph of the ingenuity and amazing work of the British Armed Forces. Vessels were collected together, dockyard work speeded up on refits underway, reserve vessels were brought back to operational standard, merchant ships impressed and modified, mountains of stores collected and stuffed aboard every available vessel before she sailed. Troops were posted to the Task Force and great effort was put into collecting the aircraft, tankers, transports, helicopters, fighters and bombers that would be needed to achieve air superiority in the Falklands skies. As ships collected together at Ascension Island to prepare for the final leg down to the Falklands, there was frantic activity ferrying stores and equipment around the fleet. Due to the need to pack stores and equipment on any available ship, there was now the time to make sure it was distributed for best effect with all of the ships were coming together. The airfield at Ascension was equally frantic as tankers and transports shuttled in and out and long range reconnaissance was conducted by Nimrod jets. The two available carriers, the venerable much modified Light Fleet Carrier, Hermes, and the new VSTOL Carrier, Invincible, were joined by the first MAC ship, Atlantic Conveyor, to be modified since World War Two. Between them these three ships carried all of the helicopters and Harriers/Sea Harriers that could be crammed aboard, together with fuel and weapons including the latest US Sidewinder missiles that were capable of all-aspect firing at fast jet targets. The casualties were fortunately much lighter than might have been expected and many of them were the price of past political incompetence. The loss of Atlantic Conveyor reduced the available heavy lift helicopters and that meant that troops had to advance on foot across cold snowy terrain and carry all they needed with them. Landing Ships had to be used to move a force around to a secondary target, and the artillery was down to a few rounds per gun when the Argentine troops surrendered. There were also losses at sea because political incompetence had robbed the RN of the AEW radar that used to be available on Gannet aircraft before the scrapping of the last fixed wing carrier, Ark Royal IV, forcing the RN to deploy valuable ships to stand radar picket duty where they were vulnerable to air-to-ship cruise missiles. Once more, British servicemen performed magnificently, making up for the errors of the politicians and the British Falkland Islands were once more free, under democratic rule and the rule of law. This book is an amazing storehouse of information with splendid images to support the very able text.