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Ut now Argentina thought the British would give them up without a fightThey were wrongBritain sent a task force into the South Atlantic to re take the islands Damn Close Run PDF #8608 and the short intense war that followed was in the words of Major General Sir John Jeremy Moore a damn close run thingThis short history sums up t. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict I m reviewing A Damn Close Run Thing A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict by UK author and military historian Russell Phillips Available for Kindle via com and in other eBook formats via Smashwordscom the book is approximately 55 pages or 11000 words and as a result makes a relatively uick readA Damn Close Run Thing provides an excellent overview of the Falklands War from the strategic and political setting prior to the war through the Argentine invasion itself the early British mobilization and reconnaissance through the initial naval campaign to the multiple ground battles that ultimately liberated the island Phillips concludes with a view of the political situation in the aftermath of the war to include relations todayThe book is uite comprehensive in its coverage of major events Though I ve read several detailed histories of the Falklands Campaign I don t recall previously reading of several of the covert operations that Phillips details an Argentine plot to attack British ships in Spain for example and British plans to attack the Argentine Super Etendard bases on the mainland The summary of each action is separated into chapters and is readily accessible to both the lay reader and student of military history The Falkands Conflict is significant for students of military history as it represents the most recent true combined air land and sea conflict in modern warfare and illustrates the significant challenges of projecting power far from home It is also an example that shows that even in today s irregular and asymmetric warfare that two combatants can conduct themselves professionally in accordance with teh Laws of War Phillips cites instances where Argentine commanders cited their British counterparts for heroismI d rate the book at 4 of 5 stars because of the many linked battles I feel the book could be improved somewhat by the inclusion of either a map or timeline of events to put the many actions into relative contextI would recommend this book to both casual readers of military history and serious students who have not previously been exposed to the Falklands Conflict For the serious military historian A Damn Close Run Thing is an excellent stage setter for detailed analysis I recommend following this book up with Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins superb The Battle for the Falklands for diving into significantly greater tactical detail For readers interested in following up with soldier stories written at a personal level I recommend if you can find it as it is out of print Robert and John Lawrence s When the Fighting is Over A Personal Story of the Battle of Tumbledown Mountain and its Aftermath Enjoy A Damn Close Run Thing and remember to keep both British and Argentine verterans of that conflict in your thoughts on this anniversary

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He events leading up to the war and its major military actions including details of an Argentinian plan to sink a Royal Navy ship in Gibraltar harbour foiled at the last minute by Spanish police and an audacious British plan to land SAS soldiers in Argentina to destroy Exocet carrying aircraft while they were still on the ground. A very in depth account of the facts of the war but one that did not go into too much explanatory depth it gave the who and what of the war but lacked in the why department

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In Close Run PDFEPUB #232 the average Briton didn't know the Falkland Islands existed let alone their status as a disputed British territory just off the coast of Argentina That changed when the Argentinians invaded the islands and overwhelmed the A Damn PDF or small defending force Both nations claimed the islands were theirs b. A bit sketchy and disjointed but generally an adeuate history of the 1982 Falklands war Author Russell Phillips doesn t go into much background about the pre war history of the archipelago and what the real issues of the war were both from the Argentine Junta s side and from Margaret Thatcher s side A Damn Close Run Thing A Brief History of the Falklands War is a uick read which gets increasingly scattered once the ground fighting begins There is no real strategic vision and the fighting just moves from one locale to anotherTwo facts stick in my memory After the surrender Argentine officers were allowed to keep their side arms for fear of getting lynched by their men and the 15000 mines laid by the Argentinians were a boon for nesting penguins because while they were too light to set off explosions their predators were not


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  1. says:

    A bit sketchy and disjointed but generally an adeuate history of the 1982 Falklands war Author Russell Phillips doesn't go into much background about the pre war history of the archipelago and what the real issues of the war were both from the Argentine Junta's side and from Margaret Thatcher's side A Damn Close Run Thi

  2. says:

    I didn't know much about the Falklands War and this provided a good overview of the conflict I learned much I didn't realize so man

  3. says:

    In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict I'm reviewing A Damn Close Run Thing A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict by UK author and military historian Russell Phillips Available for Kindle via com and in other eBook formats via Smashwordscom the book is approximately 55 pages or 11000 words and as a result makes a relatively uick readA Damn Close Run Thing provides an excellent overview

  4. says:

    As someone with an interest in the Falklands Islands 1 and who is slightly familiar with the writings of its author 2 this book does what it sets out to do It is a brief history without a great deal of analysis and only implicit critiue and largely contents itself to write a factual account of various operations and encounters during the w

  5. says:

    The Falklands War has been a topic of interest for me for many years and never have I read a clear and succinct description of the events involved than in this book Well done Mr Phillips

  6. says:

    A very in depth account of the facts of the war but one that did not go into too much explanatory depth; it gave the “who” and “what” of the war but lacked in the “why” department

  7. says:

    A brief history of the Falklands conflict By Russell Phillips and read by Phillip J Mather This book is less than two hours in audio