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2 April 1982: The Falklands War begins
The Yompers Logistics in the Falklands War Falklands Hero RAF Harrier Ground Attack – Falklands

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The Royal Navy Wasp Invasion 1982 The Falklands War Exocet Falklands

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Argentine Fight for the Falklands The Royal Navy Lynx Victory in the Falklands Nine Battles To Stanley

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Coming soon: The Falklands War – There and Back Again

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The Falklands War – There and Back Again – The Story of Naval Party 8901 by Mike Norman and Michael Jones, with a Foreword by Major General Julian Thompson.

On 1 April 1982 Major Mike Norman, commander of Naval Party 8901, was looking forward to a peaceful year-long tour of duty on the Falkland Islands. But events turned out differently, for the next day the Argentinians invaded and he and his small Royal Marines garrison found themselves fighting for their lives.

They took up defensive positions in and around Government House and on the approaches to Stanley to protect the Governor, Rex Hunt, and delay the enemy’s advance. They were prepared to die executing these orders. After a desperate battle against vastly superior numbers, Hunt ordered them to lay down their arms. As the surrender took place, an Argentinian told a Marine: ‘The Islands are ours now’. The response was simple: ‘We will be back’. They were, and this is their story.

The Royal Marines of Naval Party 8901 volunteered to join the Task Force and, some seventy-five days after the invasion, the men who were forced to watch the raising of the Argentine flag over the Islands were able, in return, to proudly run up the Falklands flag once more at Government House.

Mike Norman and Michael Jones’s dramatic account draws upon Norman’s vivid recollections, the log book and action reports of the defence of Government House and Stanley, the testimony of Marines under Mike Norman’s command and recently released government archives. It is a powerful and moving tribute to men who confronted the Argentinian invaders and then fought to regain the Falklands.

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Falklands Gunner – A Day-by-Day Personal Account of the Royal Artillery in the Falklands War by Tom Martin, with a Foreword by Major General Julian Thompson.

The Royal Artillery played a vital, though often forgotten, part in the British armed forces’ successful operation to re-capture of the Falkland Islands in 1982. However, the actions of the artillery were recorded by one young officer in a journal which he kept before, during and after the conflict.

Second Lieutenant Tom Martin was a Command Post Officer with 29 (Corunna) Field Battery RA which deployed to the South Atlantic in 1982 as part of the Task Force dispatched to retake the Falklands. With its six 105mm Light Guns making the journey on the MV Europic Ferry, the Battery sailed south on the MV Norland with 2 Para, joining 3 Commando Brigade for the landings.

The five gun batteries of the Royal Artillery, totalling thirty light field guns, fired a tremendous number of shells on the Argentine forces. For its part, 29 (Corunna) Field Battery fired the first Fire Mission of the conflict – and continued to operate in support of the infantry until the Argentine surrender, in the most testing environment and against considerable odds.

Whilst in the South Atlantic, Tom Martin sought to detail and record the action on the Battery’s gun position. Supported by the recollections of some of those he served alongside, and a remarkable series of then and now images taken during a return visit to the islands in early 2017, his notes and diary entries form the basis of this book; a vivid, blow-by-blow account which provides a comprehensive picture of the Royal Artillery and its pivotal role in the Falklands War.

By Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE

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3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands – No Picnic.

‘A fascinating perspective on the war from a key participant and a valuable insight into the mind of a field commander.’ Flying in Ireland

Major General Julian Thompson first wrote No Picnic when the momentous events of April – June 1982 were fresh in his mind. As Commander of 3 Commando Brigade, he was at the heart of the planning and conduct of the War. Under his direct command had been the Royal Marine Commandos and the two battalions of the Parachute Regiment who conducted the lion’s share of the fighting.

No-one therefore is better qualified to tell the extraordinary story of the re-taking of the Falkland Islands from the Argentinians. The author, now a celebrated military historian, has revised his early book and added for this 25 Anniversary edition more of his own personal thoughts and impressions.

It is all too easy to overlook just how perilous and risky a venture this expedition to the depths of the Southern Hemisphere was. Victory and defeat hung in the balance. Even those who feel they know about this most remarkable of wars will learn more from reading this classic account.

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