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  • Editeur : BCA Book Club Associates; Édition : Book Club (BCA/BOMC) (1 janvier 1983)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0015Q6MXW
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Passionné par le conflit des Falkands/Malvinas, j'ai lu de nombreux ouvrage sur le sujet, et celui-ci est le plus complet et le plus passionnant en langue anglaise. Je l'ai même préfére à l'ouvrage de Martin Middlebrook (que pourtant j'adore!) car exclusivement tourné vers l'histoire militaire. A ne pas manquer ! Ainsi que La guerre des Malouines (Docavia) et The Land that Lost its Heroes de Jimmy Burns.
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The politics and logistics of an avoidable war. 3 janvier 2004
Par GEOFF MCGRATH - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This has to be the most definitive account, from a British perspective, of a war that continues to invoke emotive reactions when discussed either side of the Atlantic. The narrative is perfectly balanced with the immediacy of the action described by Max hasting who was on the ground with the Task Force and the intrigue of the politics explained with unnerving clarity by Simon Jenkings. The book interwieves a stark narrative of the realities of battle with an enlightening view on the working of politicians and their influence on the start and ultimate outcome of war. While the book should appeal for those with a thirst for the factual, there is sufficient analysis of both the strategy of battle and the politics of war to satisfy most. I began reading this book looking for answers to how and why the war started, in this regard I feel the account fully satisfied my curiosity. What surprised me was the degree to which the descriptions of the strategy for naval warfare invoked images and scenarios that were as reminiscent of ancient history as they were relevant to contemporary conflicts. Descriptions of diplomatic efforts to forestall a war, the series of mis-communications that led ultimately to open conflict, the initial celebrations in suport of the Task Force and the ultimate subdued reaction to conclusion of war all make sobering reading. For detailed tactical accounts of naval battles this must be one of the best case studies since the Second World War. The ultimate question as to whether the war was justified or otherwise is analysed in conclusion although the authors err on the side of impartiality raising more questions than answers. A thoroughly recommended read.
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A comprehensive account of a largely forgotten war 3 août 2000
Par Brian D. Rubendall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Battle for the Falklands" is a good overall narrative of the history of the brief war between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands. It delves into the politics that led to the war, the U.S. attempt at mediation between its two allies and, of course, the actual fighting. The whole affair seems a bit surreal as it also must have to the British soldiers who fought there. The Falklands themselves, as remote and windswept as it is possible for any inhabited location on Earth to be, were hardly worth all the trouble. But for both Britain and Argentina, national pride and honor were at stake. The irony is that by invading the islands, Argentina's military leadership made it less likely that the country will ever gain possession of them. This book is a good tribute to the men who fought what will probably be the last colonial war, and it is well written historical account.
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A Dry Yet Factual Account Of The Last War Of The Empire 27 juillet 1998
Par dgerecht@hotmail.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Max Hastings is a renowned and revered author on battles. His best book was published straight after the Falklands War and was titled "Don't Cry For Me Sergeant Major". I assumed that this newer book would be of a similar ilk, as he joins the troops and gets his hands (cold and) dirty. However, with Jenkins' aid he manages to step away from the action and explain more of the background processes at 10 Downing Street which, sadly, neither of the authors were privy to.
Overall 'The Battle for the Falklands' is an informative book, probably the most rounded account of the war for these small islands. A very interesting read although so much more could have been gained by the inclusionof Hastings', and others, personal accounts.
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A good - if rather clinical - view of the Falklands conflict 17 août 2000
Par featherstonhaugh - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a good overall narrative account of the Falklands War, as well as the diplomatic events leading up to it. Like most military writing however it does suffer from being too clinical, in spite of the fact that Max Hastings shared the same hazards and privations as the ground level soldier. For a more complete picture of what it was like being involved in the actual conflict, at the squaddie's level, you should read The Battle for the Falklands in conjunction with Ken Lukowiak's superb "A Soldier's Song" (Orion Books, 1993). Disjointed, reflective, ambivalent, irreverant, Lukowiak's account of the conflict must rank alongside "All Quiet on the Western Front" as a testament to the pointlessness of war in general. Interestingly, it does lay bare the British media's manipulation of events for maximum emotional effect -- a shining example of this being the myth that Colonel Jones, who died leading the attack at Goose Green, was affectionaly known as "H" to his men; to the ordinary squaddies of 2 Para, the Colonel was respected but only the officers referred to him as "H" - the sqaddies called him "Jonesie" or somesuch. It's also interesting how Lukowiak was repelled when The Sun ran its "Gotcha" headline on the sinking of the General Belgrano - he and many others fighting the war felt that the UK media, safe behind their word processors in Wapping, London, had no right to be so belligerant and jingoistic as they weren't the ones up to their necks in sheep ... in the trenches fighting the actual war! He has another great anecdote about how a Brit journalist desirous of wiring home a news story, attempted to queue-jump a line of paratroopers who were themselves waiting to call home to their loved ones on a satellite phone and was very nearly bashed for his trouble! You get the feeling somehow that the reporters weren't particularly respected by the squaddies. All in all, for the bare facts & analysis I'd read Hastings, but for the authenticity of the experience, I'd stick to Lukowiak anytime.
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A fast-paced but thorough look, somewhat Anglocentric 14 décembre 2002
Par Craig MACKINNON - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Falkland Islands War was a strange event. I was only 12 at the time, but even so, I remember thinking it was very unusual that a war could start and end so quickly, between nations you would not consider traditional enemies. As the authors point out, it was the last of Britains colonial wars - fought maintain prestige more so than because of the worth of the territory. Argentina invaded the Islands on the assumption that Britain would not fight for them. Obviously they underestimated the will of the British people, and especially that of the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who quickly dispatched the largest task force she could muster to reclaim the islands. This book starts well before the war and explains the colonial situation and the history of Argentina's attempts to win sovreignty over the islands they can the Malvinas. It then moves to the details of the actual invasion and attempts to rationalise the motives behind the Argentine junta's decision. The book really hits its stride with the dispatch of the task force and the battles that then took place on land and at sea.
The book was written shortly after the end of the war. Max Hastings is a journalist that accompanied the task force, and brings a level of authenticity that only a first-hand experience can give. Simon Jenkins's contribution was on the home front, detailing the cabinet and parliamentary discussions and direction of the war. That these two parts seamlessly mesh is a credit to the editor.
Even though there was little time between the end of hostilities and the release of the book, the conclusions of the authors have stood the test of time. Unfortunately, we will likely never know all the details about the Argentine side (due to the instability of the government at the time), so most of the commentary and description of events is from the point of view of the British forces. The authors are careful not to "cheerlead" the British side, and condemn both sides equally for failing to resolve the dispute peacefully.
Most importantly, the book is very easy to read, and tells an exciting story besides. The conclusions are inescapeable - the British won due to superior training, tactics, and motivation of the footsoldier on the ground. Full marks go to the Argentine Air Force for their spirited conduct during the hostilities, but air power alone cannot win a war. The authors also blame the situation on the lack of human intellegence (as opposed to signal or satellite intel) that totally missed the imminent threat to the Falklands from Argentina. They further argue for balanced armed forces because, as we rediscovered on Sept. 11, you never know what kind of threat you will face. These conclusions are applicable today, which tells for the universality and timelessness of this fine account.
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