With the sudden Argentine invasion of the remote Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982 the United Kingdom found itself at war. Due to the resolve of a determined Prime Minister and the resourcefulness of the Armed Forces, a Task Force, code named Operation CORPORATE, was quickly dispatched.Remarkably just over two months later, the Islands were liberated and the invaders defeatWith the sudden Argentine invasion of the remote Falkland Islands on 2 April 1982 the United Kingdom found itself at war. Due to the resolve of a determined Prime Minister and the resourcefulness of the Armed Forces, a Task Force, code named Operation CORPORATE, was quickly dispatched.Remarkably just over two months later, the Islands were liberated and the invaders defeated. By any standards this was a remarkable feat of all arms cooperation made possible by political resolve, sound planning, strong leadership and the courage and determination of the combatants.Martin Middlebrook, one of the most skillful historians of the 20th Century, has weaved the many strands of this extraordinary military achievement into a fascinating, thorough and highly readable account of the Campaign.For a full understanding of what it took to win this war there will be no better account to read than this....
|Title||:||The Falklands War|
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The Falklands War Reviews
I was a school boy when my Uncle went off to fight in the Falklands War (or "Falklands conflict" as it was called at the time), and I thought it was about time I tried to understand what he went through. Martin Middlebrook's book turned out to be an excellent place to start. Middlebrook sets out to write a military history of the Falklands War, and that's exactly what he does - very little time is spent on the rights & wrongs or the politics of Britain going to war over a tiny colony in the south Atlantic. He writes mainly from the British perspective, and is generally quite objective. He clearly explains the preparations (including the logistics of fighting a war so far from home), the strategy, and gives detailed & exciting accounts of the battles, supported by plenty of lengthy first hand accounts (this was written shortly after the war so the memories were fresh...) and decent maps.This is the second book I've read by Martin Middlebrook, and both have been excellent.
Originally an authoritative account of the war now updated in 2012. Frankly the update seems somewhat lacklustre and leaves numerous questions such as the role of special forces, the logistics challenges, the role of US support to the british forces and the longer term implications and learnings somewhat unsatisfactorily answered considering that 30 years should have provided more insight.But still the Middlebrook touch is undeniable and if you only want to read one book on the conflict, you are well served by this volume.
"The Falklands War" is a very readable account of the military side of the war in the Falklands. 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. The Argentinians didn't cooperate with the author, so there isn't as much in the book from their perspective but Middlebrook tries to be as objective as possible. He also includes accounts from the Falklanders themselves including their experiences under Argentinian occupation. It's worth mentioning that this book also has the most detailed account of the Vulcan operations during the Falklands War and the logistics that enabled the use of the Vulcans.I particularly enjoyed how the book is organized. Middlebrook not only gives an account of what happened and analysis of how and why things happened, he includes accounts from participants (unfortunately just from the British and the Falklanders, but not because he didn't try to get accounts from the other side). He doesn't spare the British when mistakes and errors are made either, he makes it clear that it wasn't a contest between a perfect British force and a bungling Argentinian force; at times it was a closely run thing. My only complaint is a lack of maps; I read the Kindle version so I'm not sure if the print version is any different.For a more detailed account of the history of the Falklands, the diplomacy that ultimately led to war, and politics in both Great Britain and Argentina, "The Battle for the Falklands" by Hastings and Jenkins is still the book to read, but if you want a good account of just the military aspect of the war, you can't wrong reading "The Falklands War." I would also go so far as to say "The Falklands War" is the easier read of the two. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of two is a lack of maps.
This was written soon after the conflict itself, and contains many great sections of interviews with soldiers who fought on the remote and unlikely battlefield. Though perhaps the high point was quoting someone talking about the state of aircraft in-flight refueling by saying 'it was like shoving wet spaghetti up a wildcat's bum.'
Excellent book written in the near aftermath of the war and with an update a few years later. This was triggered by The Forgotten Little War (Argentine viewpoint) and Doctor to Friend and Foe (medical viewpoint). Interesting to see these three juxtaposed. As this year sees the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War, now might be a time to read a more up to date chronicle. One interesting point that I can't seem to find further details about is Dr Mary Elphinstone, a newly qualified 'slip of a girl' awarded an MBE for her efforts during the War as a Volunteer Medical Officer. I believe she is of my vintage and think I may have met her many years ago (in my RAF years?) without realising who she was but can I find a picture on the web? No
Interesting take on a forgotten conflict. Certain Britain's last colonial war, and Middlebrook details this in a comprehensive yet delicate manner. I enjoy militaria, so this makes for a welcome addition to my library.
Exceptional and thorough history of British forcesAs a newcomer to this conflict I feel very much informed. Each key event, decision and action is well described. The accounts from those who were there add colour and life to the narrative. Highly recommend this book.
Among the host of books about the Falklands conflict, this stands out as possibly the best, alongside Julian Thompson's 'No Picnic' (which was more narrowly-focussed on the ground campaign). Written some years after the conflict Middlebrook has the advantage of perspective and a little more from the Argentinian viewpoint, giving a more grounded and satisfying history, but recounted with all his usual flair, precision and vigour. Despite the British hype, the Falklands was another very 'near-run thing' in many ways, in which even a change of weather could have altered the outcome. Good reading for history, military and general readers alike.
Great, fascinating account of the war. Particularly useful for research purposes, as it is the only real example of "recent" modernized militaries contesting each other without overwhelming odds favoring one side over the other.