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The Yompers

Author : Ian Gardiner
ISBN : 1848844417
Genre : History
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Called to action on 2 April 1982, the men of 45 Commando Royal Marines assembled from around the world to sail 8,000 miles to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentine invasion. Lacking helicopters and short of food, they 'yomped' in appalling weather carrying overloaded rucksacks, across the roughest terrain. Yet for a month in mid-winter, they remained a cohesive fighting-fit body of men. They then fought and won the highly successful and fierce night battle for Two Sisters, a 1,000 foot high mountain which was the key to the defensive positions around Stanley. This is a first hand story of that epic feat, but it is much more than that. The first to be written by a company commander in the Falklands War, the book gives a compelling, vivid description of the 'yomp' and infantry fighting, and it also offers penetrating insights into the realities of war at higher levels. It is a unique combination of descriptive writing about front-line fighting and wider reflections on the Falklands War, and conflict in general. Gritty and moving; sophisticated, reflective and funny, this book offers an abundance of timeless truths about war. Postscript: 'Yomping' was the word used by the Commandos for carrying heavy loads on long marches. It caught the public's imagination during this short but bitter campaign and epitomized the grim determination and professionalism of our troops.

March To The South Atlantic

Author : Nick Vaux
ISBN : 1844156273
Genre : History
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Describes what going to war with 42 Commando was like and includes authentic details of danger, frustration, fatigue, courage and endurance that are just some of the emotions experienced during those fateful weeks and months of 1982.

March To The South Atlantic

Author : Nick Vaux
ISBN : UOM:39015014161221
Genre : Falkland Islands War, 1982
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This is a book about a Commando today - not a dry Military History It is a simple and honest narrative of one unit in the Falklands war a story that has never been told in full before.it is the rarest of all military accounts - the testimony of a serving officer.Above all it is an intimate look at marines in and out of action, earthy, humorous and sometime tragic

Too Few Too Far

Author : George Thomsen
ISBN : 1445606208
Genre : History
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Published to coincide with 30th anniversary of the outbreak of the Falklands War on the 2 April 2012. Praise for the hardback published in 2008: 'The untold story of how 22 Marines held off hundreds of Argentineans and disabled a warship on the eve of the Falklands war' THE DAILY MAIL; 'Hero reveals Falklands very own 'rorke's Drift'... told for the first time by one of the men involved' THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. Seen through the eyes of Section Commander George Thomsen, this inspiring firsthand account, tells of the tension-packed lead up, and the heroic stand, by a tiny band of brothers on one of the most inhospitable islands on the planet — South Georgia. They fought alone — besieged, isolated, and against an overwhelming invasion force — and yet had the enemy reeling on the ropes. This is the story of true British grit, sheer bloody mindedness, professionalism and ingenuity. The Royal Marines' courageous action on that extraordinary day changed the balance of The South Atlantic War. This was a modern-day Rorke's Drift when world events literally took too few too far. Twenty-five years after these events took place; this is George Thomsen's true story, as told to Malcolm Angel.

Understanding Victory Naval Operations From Trafalgar To The Falklands

Author : Geoffrey Till
ISBN : 9780313051098
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Using four warship-centered examples, this book shows how naval battles are won or lost—and how technological advantage is rarely as decisive in defeat or victory as is often claimed. • Focuses on four ship-centered battle narratives: the battle of Trafalgar, the battle of Jutland, the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, and the Falklands War • Identifies 11 perspectives that explain victory and defeat in naval operations • Provides a history-based survey of successful naval operations while highlighting the nature of naval operations in the 21st century • Presents information written in a clear, reader-friendly style without compromising on its scholarly standards of content and accuracy • Offers fascinating reading for naval college students, general audiences who enjoy naval history, and naval historians alike

In The Service Of The Sultan

Author : Ian Gardiner
ISBN : 184415467X
Genre : History
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'In the Service of the Sultan' tells the largely unknown story of a small number of British officers who led Muslim soldiers in this hard fought anti-insurgency war which has shaped today's Gulf.

Filthy Thirteen

Author : Richard Killblane
ISBN : 9781935149811
Genre : History
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Since World War II, the American public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades. Primarily products of the Dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, and savage fighting skill--and that was only in training. Just prior to the invasion of Normandy, a "Stars and Stripes" photographer caught U.S. paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. Unknown to the American public at the time, these men were the Filthy 13. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties, some men wounded and others blown to bits. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad. Throughout the war, however, the heart and soul of the Filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, a half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character. McNiece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. The survivors of the Filthy 13 stayed intact as a unit until the Allies finally conquered Nazi Germany. The book does not draw a new portrait of earnest citizen soldiers. Instead it describes a group of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a bar or dark alley. But they were an integral part of the U.S. war against Nazi Germany. A brawling bunch of no-goodniks whose only saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside and their own officers, the Filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne.

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