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Greene – always generous with young aspiring authors – subsequently wrote to me saying: “You can quote me as saying this is a required book for anyone who wishes to understand the Argentine situation before and after the Falklands War.

He also includes accounts from the Falklanders themselves including their experiences under Argentinian occupation. Mercau’s book is a must-read for scholars and advanced students interested in the Falklands dispute and the complex history of British decolonization. Middlebrook gives the bare bones of the history of the Falklands, diplomacy, and the political side of the war to set the scene for his narrative of the military buildup and military operations.

in the English version) in which Bramley described the execution of three American Mercenaries in Argentine service after the battle of Mount Longdon. Other examples of similar books exist by such authors as Graham Bound as well as some excellent unpublished diaries which I have had access to (The Falklands War from the end of our street by his neighbour Neville K Bennett is an excellent example which mirrors Smith in so many ways) but none of which have achieved the same level of deserved notoriety of a conflict which, sadly, is most commonly associated with just two sides, omitting the people at the very heart of the conflict. Lavishly illustrated in colour The Unseen Falklands War provides a unique insight into this conflict on the 40th anniversary of the war. Despite taking heavy casualties, Port Stanley was in British hands by the middle of June and Argentina surrendered. The Unseen Falklands War portrays in images, almost all of which are previously unpublished, the Argentinian occupation of the Falklands and give an overview of the conditions in which both sides fought the land war.

For a full understanding of what it took to win this war there will be no better account to read than this. Her role for most of the time was that of an expendable escort and she became the only ship to survive an Exocet hit. The book written by Norman and Jones is a look at a little known aspect of the Falklands / Malvinas war. The book covers key events during the war, from the liberation of South Georgia to the controversial sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano and the loss of HMS Sheffield.I found the text to be well set out, with candid descriptions of what was happening, and some iconic photographs of the time. All the Exocet attacks on the Battle Group are included, culminating with the desperate fight to save the ship, which came perilously close to sinking.

His two books taken together present a very readable, well informed history of the military operations in the war.When the Argentinian author Carlos Gamerro adapted his fantastical, surreal, funny, bizarre novel about the Falkland Islands into a stage play for Buenos Aires' Teatro Alvear, the reception was noisy. I commend the book to those interested in gaining a more complete understanding of the Falklands campaign and to those who wish to gain a better understanding of leadership and courage in war at the tactical level.

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