The Battle For The Falklands

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"Must be read by all our military people and anyone who wants to find out what really happened on the Falkland Islands." —James M. Gavin

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Overview

"Must be read by all our military people and anyone who wants to find out what really happened on the Falkland Islands." —James M. Gavin

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
“A small gem of military and naval history reminiscent in many ways of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August. The authors have two stories to tell. The first is a brilliant narration of a short, violent clash in the freezing fogs and mountainous seas of the South Atlantic. The other is an informed analysis of the political decision-making that led to the conflict, raising those larger questions of war and peace which modern man approaches on bended knee.”
New York Times
“Will probably endure as the standard history of the campaign.”
Newsweek
“Authoritative and very readable.”
Time
“Stirring, impressively detailed.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393301984
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1984
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 384,794
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Hastings, a military historian and journalist, covered the Falklands war for the London Evening Standard.

Simon Jenkins is the political editor of the Economist.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
1 Forgotten Islands 1
2 The Seventeen Years' War 15
3 Galtieri's Gamble 45
4 The Admiral's Hour 61
5 Task Force 72
6 Haig's Doves 98
7 Ascension to South Georgia 114
8 Failure of a Mission 135
9 A War at Sea 143
10 Clearing the Decks 164
11 Operation Sutton 176
12 San Carlos 200
13 Goose Green 233
14 The Politics of the Land War 254
15 Triumph on Kent, Tragedy at Fitzroy 262
16 The Battle for the Mountains 285
17 Aftermath 315
Chronology of Military and Political Events 341
Glossary 344
Appendix A The Falkland Islands Task Force 346
Appendix B The Falklands Honours List 35
Appendix C The Franks Report 361
Index 373
List of Maps
The Falkland Islands
The Task Force Sails 95
The Total Maritime Exclusion Zones 143
The Landing at Port San Carlos 201
The Two-Pronged Attack towards Port Stanley 201
The Battle for Goose Green 234
The Battle for Stanley 302
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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    A fascinating look at a little known war.

    I had just vague knowledge and recall of what the Falklands War was all about before reading this book by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins. I think the authors did a fine job in providing a history on the conflict using what information they could obtain at the time (information from Argentina was, understandably, not easy to find). They did a good job balancing the reasons leading to the war and, finally, its conduct and after effects on all three nations (Argentina, England and the Falklands). The book was published in 1983 but is still worth reading and will provide some interesting insights into this little know conflict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Little subjetivity

    The book is a good one in comparisson with other publications. Like most war correspondants these also fall in some sort of unfair critisim on the defeated without taking in consideration any merit on the argentinean side and depicts the british as totally heroes. Anyway it will give a british stand point of the Malvinas / Falklands war. You can read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2002

    A great read

    Hastings and Jenkins provide two very different, yet vivid and important realities of the history of the islands, the political views of the participants in the battle, and the actual campaign between Britain and Argentina for the Falklands. Most importantly for the reader, the two authors mesh their accounts perfectly with very few questions one may have going unanswered. There were numerous accounts of participant testimonies from those at home, abroad, at sea, and ashore. These accounts can best be understood by those with a strong understanding of the underlying cultures and pasts of these two rivals. These repetitive type of insights provided the missing link to what some of us in the United States never really were taught, understood, or new of the battle. The views of the participants in/around the Battle give the reader the humanity of what any other "history" book may simply forget. Hastings and Jenkins successfully provided a basic, but comprehensive style of political policy-decision making intertwined with a military operation. There was a very helpful chronology of military and political events that would become useful throughout the text along with the maps and appendices of the book. Having this as the only academic account of the Battle that I have thoroughly read, it will be interesting to continue to read others that may provide fillings to the gaps, however, this text from what I have read seems to contain the most descriptive accounts in which to compare others. A top notch text with a very interesting and dynamic approach making it an easier read than any college-style history text.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2002

    invalid style

    Is good this book? If we demand a professional and even relatively impartial report of the Falklands or Malvinas war, the answer is yes; the book is complete and the battles well described. But if you demand some more we must have in count several objections: the conflict about the Falklands and other minor islands is confuse and far in historic time and reasons. These islands have been claimed to be discovered and ruled by Spain, Netherlands, England and finally Argentine says they¿re a part of your country mainly by geographical proximity. Summing up about three centuries of discontinuous debate. But these three hundred years have a colossal signification in terms of human time. Only the recently past XX century has had more changes than several centuries of Middle or Stone Age. Hastings hasn¿t these facts in count: he writes his book as if these were II World or Korean War, and I think this isn¿t no more valid. Argentine was in his usual unstable political situation as critical as ¿I¿m afraid- right now-. Great Britain and her leader Thatcher was much better but also in depression if measured by European standards. The war was an scapegoat for the two leaders, Galtieri an Thatcher. But the dead, died and killed in an absurd war between men without real motive for fighting. Moreover, the author logically stress in the British point of view although with some impartiality that characterizes good professionals. Argentine was an army of conscripts untrained and badly equipped. They suffered hunger, lack of ammunition, lack of real strategy and the reject of his own leaders. The British got to war better armed and equipped but very far from his homeland. They won, but the defeat I think also rounded short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    A must read along with Nine Battles to Stanley

    The performance of the Ejercito Argentino (Argentine Army) was less undistinguished than would appear from Max Hastings' account. However, Max Hastings' book is a must read. Comando Conjunto Malvinas (Argentine Divisional Headquarters) has been sharply criticised for its lack of initiative and failure to carry out counterattacks during the battle for Port Stanley's hills. The truth was that 42 Commando's observation post on Wall Mountain and 3 Para's patrol base near Murrell Bridge were raided by the Argentine Special Forces (601 Commando Company and 602 Commando Company), which were tasked with capturing prisoners (on 10 June at 0200 local time a bloody skirmish took place between a platoon of 45 Commando and Argentine Commandos near Murrell River, the Royal Marines only escaping after Sergeant Jolly took out an Argentine machinegun pouring fire over their getaway route. The Argentine Special Forces claimed that at least four British were killed, but no British record can be found of that). A study of the Argentine Army point of view using Nick van der Bijl's Nine Battles to Stanley (Leo Cooper) which has only recently become available (September 1999) refutes the charge that Argentine officers and NCOs ran off at critical moments, leaving the lukewarm conscripts to fend for themeselves. Nick van der Bijl, a spanish-speaking warrant officer attached to 3 Commando Brigade, spent long hours questioning the Argentine regimental commanders. Major-General Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands War, was kind enough to write the Foreward and in addition checked all chapters before submission to the publishers.

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