The Falklands War There and Back Again, The Story of Naval Party 8901

A story that could have come out of the Napoleonic Wars, the Seven Years War and a host of other outstanding British military successes. The Argentine Junta thought the Falklands could be invaded without opposition and they were very, very wrong. – Most Highly Recommended

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NAME: The Falklands War There and Back Again, The Story of Naval Party 8901
FILE: R2859
AUTHOR: Mike Norman, Michael Jones
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 230
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Falklands War, Falklands Islands, Stanley, Argie bandits, Royal Marines, 
Naval Party 8901, The Empire Strikes Back, Task Force, Op Corporate, amphibious 
landings, Sea Harrier, Harrier, liberation

ISBN: 1-52671-077-3

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DESCRIPTION: A story that could have come out of the Napoleonic Wars, the 
Seven Years War and a host of other outstanding British military successes. The 
Argentine Junta thought the Falklands could be invaded without opposition and 
they were very, very wrong. –  Most Highly Recommended

The Falklands were a Southern outpost of the British Empire but strategically vital for 
the Royal Navy. It was a place to repair damaged ships and take on essential supplies. 
That in time meant a coaling station and then an oil fuel supply. After the Battle of the 
River Plate, when three small British and Commonwealth cruisers took on the 
German Pocket Battleship Graf Spee, HMS Exeter took heavy damage in dividing 
the German fire to enable her smaller consorts to get in close and send the Graf Spee 
running for shelter. The Falklands provided the essential friendly port for Exeter to 
make initial repairs to keep her afloat on the way back to a heroes welcome and major 
repairs in Britain. Without that friendly port she would not have stayed afloat long 
enough to reach home, just one of the instances where the Falklands proved 
indispensable.

The Argentine bandits just saw a small group of islands with a tiny population and 
no serious defence. The type of target a bully always looks for. Just to make, sure 
they invaded with a massive force. Even in the start they discovered they had made 
a mistake. The small force of Naval Party 8901, Royal Marines, stood against 
massive odds and were determined to fight to the end, as they formed a defensive 
perimeter around Government House to protect Governor Rex Hunt. They only 
surrendered when ordered by the Governor to save civilian life. The Argentine 
bandits were very happy to allow the Marines to return to England by air, assuming 
that they now had an uncontested occupation, the second mistake.

On return to England, the Marines volunteered to return to the Falklands to liberate 
the islanders from Argentine repression. The Task Force was formed and sent South 
to fight a war with no other support, 8,000 miles from home. It was an action like so 
many in Britain's military history, where a small force landed, surprised a greater 
enemy force and defeated it.

The authors have told the story very well and supported it with maps and 
photographs. There is a time line and extensive glossary. This is stirring stuff and 
a must read book