Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There by Hugh McManners
Often referred to as a forgotten war, the Falklands conflict was, in actual fact, the first war of the modern age, using satellite surveillance, night observation devices, and all the very latest weaponry military technology had to offer. It was also the first real media warthe public's perception of this far-off conflict mediated by what they saw on their television screens and read in their newspapers. Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, and containing previously unpublished material, this work presents the first complete oral history of the Falklands War. From the initial invasion of the islands to the British landings to the Argentinean surrender and its aftermath, the book is a unique and essential chronicle of the conflict from all sides and perspectives, told in the participants' own voices.
Hugh McManners was a captain with the Special Boat Squadron during the Falklands War. He is now a documentary producer and freelance writer.
Table of Contents
Map viii Author's Preface xi Author's Acknowledgements xv Introduction Sir Max Hastings 1 Fatal Miscalculations 3 Mixed Messages and Wishful Thinking 7 Liberation Day 21 Immediate Action 32 Demonstrations of Serious Intent 47 Vida En Las Islas Malvinas 61 Sun Tans and Rifle Oil 87 Racing South 100 The Killing Begins 113 First Blood 116 Total Exclusion 128 Sinking the Belgrano 147 The Argentines Strike Back 158 Softening Up 173 Fighting for the Falklands 189 Landing in Bomb Alley 191 Sacrificing Pawns 220 London Needs Good News 235 Moral Domination 255 A Brand New Ship 287 Disaster at Fitzroy Roads 303 Getting On With It 334 Doing the Business 347 Footsore and Ruthless 350 Night Killing 367 Fire Power 387 A Need for Honour 417 Epilogue 448 Glossary 460 Index of Contributors 463 General Index 466