The Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1982 sparked national outrage and Britain felt she had to avenge the humiliation and protect her own. This volume explores both the military and political dimensions of this important conflict, including detailed accounts of the air / sea battle, the Battle for San Carlos Water, Goose Green, Mt Harriet, Tumbledown and many others. It explains how success in the Falklands set the stage for the years of Thatcher's dominance, and restored British prestige. Including first hand accounts from both soldiers and civilians, this is an interesting and thoroughly up to date appraisal.
About the Author
Dr Anderson is head of the Department of War Studies at Sandhurst. His main interests are military and diplomatic history, from the mid eighteenth century to the present. His books include 'Modern Military Elites' (1993), 'D Day' (1994), 'The Battle for Manila' (with John Pimlott and Richard Connaughton, 1995), 'The World at War' (1999) and the 'Fall of the Reich' (2000). His battlefield tours conducted for both the British and American armies include Salamanca, Waterloo, the Somme, El Alamein, Normandy and the Falklands.
Table of Contents
|Background to war: Tango and tea dance: Argentine and British misperceptions||11|
|Warring sides: Race to the islands: Argentina and Britain deploy their forces||22|
|Outbreak: 'Gotcha!' The sinking of the Belgrano||35|
|The fighting: From 'Bomb Alley' to Mt Harriet||41|
|Portrait of a soldier: Comrades and companeros||69|
|The world around war: Preparing for the Third World War||72|
|Portrait of a civilian: An islander's ordeal: The diary of John Smith||78|
|How the war ended: The mind of Menendez||83|
|Conclusion and consequences: Thatcher's triumph: It was a famous victory||88|