Warfare in News
Posted on Monday 2nd April
The 30th anniversary of the Falklands War gives us the opportunity to review the dramatic recapture of the disputed islands, but also now with Argentina adopting a new level of aggressive diplomacy, some say we are now once again closer to war than at any point in the preceding 30 years. These factors are analysed by Falklands historian, Graham Bound, in his latest book, Fortress Falklands.
Also new to the Falklands list, and currently a best-selling Falklands title, is Ian Gardiner's The Yompers, which looks at 45 Commando's role in the War. From the Paras' perspective, Pen and Sword were delighted to publish the first biography of Falklands Hero Ian Mckay, VC winner at Mount Longdon. This fascinating book, written in conjunction with Ian's family, reveals his story for the first time.
At the beginning of the war, Nick Barker, Captain of HMS Endurance, the ice patrol vessel, describes how it all started from his perspective in Beyond Endurance. We also have Invasion 1982 by Graham Bound, who tells us from the Falkland Islanders' perspective what it was like to be invaded and occupied.
A range of other biographies by men who served in the Falklands also include: From the Front Line (Para at Goose Green), RAF Harrier Ground Attack Falklands (Harrier Pilot), Special Forces Pilot (Sea King Pilot), Reasons in Writing (Royal Marine who knew the islands intimately before war broke out), RAF Tanker Navigator (Supporting the Vulcan attacks), Bomb Alley - Falklands Islands 1982 (HMS Antrim) and Ordeal by Exocet (HMS Glamorgan).
We also have some classic accounts from some of the British Commanders including Julian Thompson's 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands, Commodore Clapp's Amphibious Assault Falklands and Nick Vaux's March to the South Atlantic.
Other titles look at the key role some of the most famous ships played, such as The Age of Invincible and HMS Fearless.
There are three titles which look at more specific actions, namely Pebble Island, 3 Para – Mount Longdon and 5th Infantry Brigade in the Falklands War.
Finally, there are some good general descriptions of the events of 1982 starting with Martin Middlebrook's two-volume study from the British perspective in The Falklands War and the opposing forces in Argentine Fight for the Falklands. Lastly, there are popular Falklands Commando Nick van der Bijl’s action-packed Nine Battles to Stanley and Victory in the Falklands.
Fortress Falklands(Paperback - 232 pages)
by Graham Bound
Since the war of 1982, the 3,000 people who live in the remote Falkland Islands have replaced traditional colonial rule with their own autonomous government, and become wealthy from the sale of fishing licences. Now oil has been discovered, and it promises almost unimaginable wealth. Money has already transformed this tiny society – not always for the better. But home-grown challenges are as nothing compared to the threat from their neighbour, Argentina.
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Of further interest...
Where's the Beef in the Falklands Defence Review?Thu 16th April
A reaction to the recently announced Falklands Defence Review by Falklands-born author and founding editor of the Islands' newspaper, Graham Bound. Read article...
Author spotlight - Jon CookseyTue 12th June
Jon Cooksey, author of Falklands Hero - Ian McKay talks about researching the life of the man who was awarded the last VC of the twentieth century. Read article...
The Yompers - With 45 Commando in the Falklands WarTue 17th April
The Yompers article extracted from The Yompers by Ian Gardiner, reproduced by permission of Pen & Sword Books Ltd. Read article...