The Royal Navy and the Falklands War (David Brown) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military Naval section. priced at £8.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…
London: Leo Cooper, 1987, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Maps; Tables; List of sources; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Appendices ;
From the cover: Soldiers and journalists alike wasted no time in telling the story of the campaign to recapture the Falkland Islands after the Argentinian invasion in April, 1982. Almost without exception, however, they concentrated largely on the role of the Army, for it was the part they played which particularly fired the public imagination, and it may be said that the role of the Royal and Merchant Navies, the abiding images of which are for many the pictures of the exploding frigate Antelope, and the burning Atlantic Conveyor, has hitherto been overshadowed by the yomping of the Marines and the exploits of certain gentlemen of the Press. Yet none of them would have been there at all had the Royal Navy not provided the necessary transport, not to mention air cover and bombardment support.
In this book David Brown, head of what was formerly the Naval Historical Branch at the Ministry of Defence, tells in full for the first time the extraordinary story of how the fleet was assembled; of how merchant-ships from luxury liners such as the Canberra to cargo-carriers of every description were Taken Up From Trade and, in a staggeringly short time, converted to their new role. He describes the stupendous problems presented by the assembling, and stowing, of the thousands of tons of stores and equipment needed by the Expeditionary Forces and the way in which these problems were dealt with. Order emerges from what appears to be chaos and the ships converge, after a journey of 7000 miles, in the remote South Atlantic. David Brown, himself a former Naval Officer, vividly describes the journey Down South and then follows in narrative form the fates of the ships and the parts they played in the fighting. He pays particular attention to the merits and demerits of the wide variety of modern equipment that had not previously been tested in battle.
This is indeed an epic story which no Briton will read without a justifiable sense of pride.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel toward the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 384 pages. Index. 10″ x 7¾”.