The Falklands War showed British military personnel at their best and most innovative under the most testing of conditions, and the Battle of Goose Green was one of the classic actions. The author has collected together the impressions of Britain and Argentine personnel from brigadier to corporal. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: The Battle Of Goose Green, A Battle Is Fought To Be Won FILE: R3106 AUTHOR: Mark Adkin PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £15.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Falklands War, 2 Para, Goose Green, Falkland Islands, British Govt., Falklands Task Force, Scrap merchants, Argentine bandits, Colonel Jones VC, tactics, support, Argentine troops, first crucial class
PAGES: 305 IMAGE: B3106.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/rprb4rl DESCRIPTION: The Falklands War showed British military personnel at their best and most innovative under the most testing of conditions, and the Battle of Goose Green was one of the classic actions. The author has collected together the impressions of Britain and Argentine personnel from brigadier to corporal. – Most Highly Recommended. We may still be too close to the Falklands War to produce a truly definitive history of the War or even individual actions, but this book is certainly an excellent stab at it. There is much controversy still and the Argentinians have not yet reached a point of understanding, accepting the excesses of the Junta and the Disappeared. As with most battles, there will always be questions as to whether the battle should have been fought, who had the most significant impact on its out come, how politicians interfaced productively or not with the action, how close did the victor come to failure. At the time, little of this may be visible. War is the act of dealing with the unexpected and always having insufficient resources, impact of the weather conditions, the training of the combatants and their morale. Any battle, and the Battle of Goose Green is no exception, is fought because someone made one mistake, or a series of mistakes. In the case of Goose Green, a group of ruthless and dishonest Argentine Generals thought the invasion of the Falklands would be an easy victory and Britain would be forced to accept the result. In London politicians failed to take note of a series of warnings and Civil Servants thought it was all part of managed British decline to accept loss of territory a long way from home when there was a cosy bureaucracy in Brussels to snuggle up to. The British Prime Minister happened to have steel and determination, and British military personnel did what they always do and punched well above their weight, surprising and defeating the bully with a well aimed punch to the nose. Along the way they faced a range of challenges and the critical fact was that at Goose Green, in the first crucial engagement of the land war, they won. The author has made an impressive job of reviewing the important factors, the events and decisions that led to the battle. The Falklands War was a gamble. Politicians had spent decades running down the British Armed Services. Had it not been for the brilliant work of a Comptroller of the Royal Navy in fooling the Wilson/Healey regime there would have been no aircraft carriers to head the Task Force, no Harriers and no Sea Harriers. The dockyards responded magnificently in returning to service ships that had been laid up or been undergoing refits. As each ship was ready to sail it was stuffed with people and equipment and when the ships rendezvoused at the half way point the stores were balanced to meet the needs of combat. Even so, it was necessary to make do with what ships were available in the time and that meant some cargoes could not be distributed to reduce risk. The result was that heavy lift helicopters and other assets were lost with the sinking of the Atlantic Conveyor. Where field guns and personnel should have been moved around by helicopter, it became a long slog across the main island from the landing beaches. It also meant that after Goose Green in the final battle, the British howitzers were down to five rounds or less per gun when the Argentinians surrendered. Goose Green was influenced, as every other battle, during the war to victory, by the lack of transport for supplies and ammunition.