Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War

Overview

For five years before the Falklands War, Hugh Bicheno was one of the top British spies in Argentina. As such, he gathered hard, corroborated intelligence on Argentine intentions over the Falklands—which the British establishment then chose to ignore. The reasons behind this British decision, and its disastrous and inevitable consequences in the South Atlantic, are the main story of this book. There were three main players in the war, each of them trying to overcome their own cultural baggage. The Argentines were ...

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Overview

For five years before the Falklands War, Hugh Bicheno was one of the top British spies in Argentina. As such, he gathered hard, corroborated intelligence on Argentine intentions over the Falklands—which the British establishment then chose to ignore. The reasons behind this British decision, and its disastrous and inevitable consequences in the South Atlantic, are the main story of this book. There were three main players in the war, each of them trying to overcome their own cultural baggage. The Argentines were riddled with guilt: after years of fighting a morally repugnant campaign against its own people, the Argentine military saw a war for the Malvinas islands as a perfect opportunity to win back their self-respect. The hands of the Americans were also bloody from the likewise dirty wars they had sponsored and abetted in Central America. For Britain it was simply the last straw after decades of humiliation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753821862
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Bicheno's previous books include Gettysburg, Midway, and Rebels and Redcoats.

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Table of Contents


Maps and Diagrams     9
Acknowledgements     11
Acronyms and Abbreviations     13
Timeline     15
Foreword     19
Introduction     23
Casus Belli     36
Guilt     46
Complicity     68
Shame     84
Men and Weapons     98
Preliminaries     117
San Carlos     141
Darwin/Goose Green Part One     157
Darwin/Goose Green Part Two     175
Deadly Lull     190
Longdon Part One     210
Two Sisters     230
Harriet     248
Longdon Part Two     266
Tumbledown/William     280
Victory     300
The Islanders' War     319
Conclusion     330
Ideologies     346
Equivalent Ranks     348
Argentine and British Orbats     350
Naval Task Force     355
Air Defence and Aviation Assets     358
Awards for Military Valour     361
Bibliography     362
Index     374
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