A Companion to the Falklands War

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.


 

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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
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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.