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Hugh McManners was among the first of the British Special Forces to land on the Falkland Islands and here, in this gripping narrative, is his first-hand account of this most famous of modern British military operations. This new edition includes a revised introduction, along with new photography and notes on the combat. Author BiographyEditor's Note on new editionContentsList of maps & diagramsAcknowledgementsNew Introduction (2002)Original Introduction (1984)Chapter 1 - The Calm Before the StormChapter 2 - Preparation and departureChapter 3 - At seaChapter 4 - Planners and hoaxersChapter 5 - Ascension IslandChapter 6 - Our war beginsChapter 7 - Fanning HeadChapter 8 - HMS Intrepid in 'Bomb Alley'Chapter 9 - The Fox Bay raidChapter 10 - SurvivalChapter 11 - Operations Brewers ArmsChapter 12 - Beagle RidgeChapter 13 - Waiting to go homeChapter 14 - HomeEpilogue (written for 2002)ChronologyGlossaryIndex
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Hugh McManners was Sunday Times Defence Correspondent for 5 years and is a television producer and presenter. He was brought up in Tasmania and New South Wales and educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and Oxford University. He went into the Army in 1972, and joined 148 Commando Observation Battery in 1978. He was mentioned in despatches for his service in the Falklands War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 242 pages
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (November 5, 1984)
  • English
  • 5
  • Engineering & Transportation

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  • By Erl Gould Purnell on January 11, 2016

    Hugh McManners is a professional soldier, a commando, forward observation and artillery expert. Cold, wet and often bored, yet he and his comrades rained naval gun fire onto Argentine positions with trained and remarkable accuracy. The shells came from no where to the Argentinians, plotted exactly by McManners and his crew hidden in the peat bogs and rock outcroppings of nearby ridges. These were brave guys doing an important, but unsung mission. Unfortunately, way too many details without much action. All in all, job well done for the Brits.

  • By Daz on February 6, 2015

    This would be a four star book but for the rant at the beginning of the book in which the author slams the MoD over and over. He might have some valid points, but it just comes across as bitter and immature, when the book itself is witty and sometimes enthralling. I'd recommend skipping the pre amble and go to the first chapter. A decent book with some good humour, interspersed - as with any war - with a good deal of tragedy. It does make you wonder reading this book that if the Argentine army had been half as courageous and well trained as their Air Force what the outcome might have been.I knew little about the role of a military soldiers' role as a forward observation operative, but this portrays it well for the lay person.Worth a read once you get past the whinging.One thing the author does do well is convey the importance of supporting soldiers who have been through a traumatic time and the need for proper communications, it's just a shame this is a bit lost at the beginning.

  • By Braveheart on October 23, 2017

    An inspiring read!

  • By Guest on April 24, 2014

    An in-your-face account of maybe the last proper war....excellent read and wittily written. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Falklands War

  • By kevin baesler on August 9, 2014

    A well written book by a veteran of a most accomplished, and unique, Special Forces unit.

  • By HMS Warspite on June 12, 2011

    "Falklands Commando" is Captain Hugh McManners' well-written memoire of his service as a commando forward observer with the British Army in the short, fiercely contested 1982 war with Argentina over the remote Falkland Islands.The sudden Argentine invasion of the Falklands took Britain by surprise. McManners captures the controlled chaos of the departure of an expeditionary force to the South Atlantic to retake the islands. At sea, his small party had limited opportunities to train and prepare aboard over-crowded ships. Once off the Falklands, horrendous weather, difficult terrain, and the Argentine military itself created additional challenges to getting ashore and coming to grips with the enemy.With more than a little understated humor and much fascinating personal detail, McManners describes the operations ashore, as his team leap-frogged across the islands, calling in naval gunfire in support of special operations forces. His narrative columinates with the British Army in command of the heights above Port Stanley and the Argentine military hopelessly trapped.The Falkslands War is a long way back in the rear view mirror, but "Falklands Commando" has plenty to offer in the way of lessons learned for war on an austere budget in a remote location. It is highly recommended to students of expeditionary warfare.

  • By T.A.L. Dozer on July 14, 2012

    The [email protected]#$-an-Islands!In this Royal Artillery captain's memoir of the Falkland Islands campaign, Hugh McManners book "Falklands Commando" describes his daily routines and provides a personal view of a soldier aboard ships and in battle. Because of his assignment with the 148 Commando Forward Observation Battery of the Royal Artillery, whose main purpose was to control naval gunfire, he personally witnessed many significant actions in this campaign.

  • By Mr. D. Gerecht on June 18, 2014

    A very well put together and even enthralling book, McManners gets into the nitty gritty of his own war, something that many books on The Falklands are lacking.


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