The Falklands 1982 Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2012||Title||The Falklands 1982|
|Author||Gregory Fremont-Barnes||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$19.95|
Latest in a line of annals commemorating the war’s 30th Anniversary, The Falklands 1982 expertly outlines ground operations during the brief, bitter South Atlantic conflict.
And what an excellent abstract it is. Author Fremont-Barnes superbly sets the stage with a helpful introduction and convenient chronology. Coverage courses through opposing commanders, armies, plans, and orders of battle.
Contents then proceed chronologically from initial assaults on South Georgia and Pebble Island, through landings at San Carlos, to the first major clash at Goose Green. That early victory decisively diffused local Argentine threats to Britain’s beachhead – and established the momentum for future ground actions.
Elite UK forces subsequently “yomped” and “tabbed” eastward – seizing strategic heights west of Stanley and forcing Argentina’s unconditional surrender less than three weeks later.
Fremont-Barnes’ splendid study concludes with instructive analyses and bibliographic notes. Graham Turner’s evocative action illustrations, photos, charts, and maps supplement text.
Make this pithy précis your introduction to the nasty, brutish, and short Falklands ground campaign.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!