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In 1982 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 small defending force Both nations claimed the islands were theirs but now Argent 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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P 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 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

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Ina 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 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 the events leading u 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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Russell Phillips writes books and articles about military Close Run ePUB ✓ technology and history Born and brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire he has lived and worked in South Yorkshire Lincolnshire Cumbria and Staffordshire He currently lives A Damn PDF or in Stoke on Trent with his wife and two childrenRussell’s articles have been published in Miniature Wargames Wargames Illustrated The Wargames Website.



7 thoughts on “A Damn Close Run Thing

  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 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


  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 many lost their lives and that Argentine agents attempted to hit a British ship in Gibraltar Russell Phillips writes straightforward narratives that convey a lot of information concisely You can trust their accuracy As a historical fiction author looking for topics to research I rely on articles such as these to point me in the right direction I look forward to


  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 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


  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 war providing a discussion of tactics with no images some uotes and enough information for others to create their own analysis of the various operations For example the account is detailed enough to demonstrate that the United Kingdom was seeking to defend its claim to the Falklands and restore control on the cheap and that tacit American and Chilean support was critical in this end It is also clear that although the Argentines had a great deal of advantages not least of which is being closer to the Falklands than the United Kingdom the lack of morale among many Argentine troops when it became obvious that the British were fighting in earnest contributed greatly to Britain’s victory in the war Speaking of British earnestness it appears that Argentina’s initial invasion was done in part to bolster flagging approval of the military junta and in part because Argentina sensed weakness in the British behavior in the months and years leading up to the invasion That said the British effort while at first threatening the legitimacy of its political leadership ended up making Thatcher’s government much successful in the following electionsIn terms of its organization the book is written in a strictly chronological fashion with a page or two devoted to every operation Despite the brevity of the book as a whole the coverage in terms of the operations covered is both complete and of great interest For example of a minor engagement at Bluff Cove the author writes “Elements of 2 Para had occupied Fitzroy and Bluff Cove southeast of Stanley once it was confirmed that there were no Argentinian forces in the area On the 7th and 8th of June the Welsh Guards sailed in RFA Sir Tristram and Sir Galahad from San Carlos to Fitzroy and Bluff Cove Three waves of Argentinian aircraft attacked on the afternoon of the 8th Three Argentinian aircraft were shot down with a fourth damaged but they managed to successfully bomb both RFA Sir Tristram and Sir Galahad Both ships caught fire and had to be abandoned at a cost of 56 dead and 150 wounded RFA Sir Tristram was recovered to the UK and repaired while RFA Sir Galahad was towed out to sea and sunk as a war grave by HMS Onyx on the 25th of June” The author depends on the reader having enough context in reading to note that the 2 Para refers to the 2nd Paratroopers Regiment for example A reader who is prepared to note the regiment and company names though would be able to mentally reconstruct the battles with the information that is given thoughIt is important to at least comment briefly on the unfortunate title of this book Although I must admit to have a history of reading books with unfortunate titles in this case the title comes from a uote from a British military leader whose statement is accurate The British suffered heavily in terms of their limited war material as well as in casualties in bringing their forces to bear in the Falklands Islands Additional losses in time and men and material took place because of the political need for interim victories that went against the soundest military practice of seeking to go after the capital first and then mop up any remaining resistance That said if the British were hampered by not having a robust military after the long imperial decline by the time the Falklands War came around the Argentines were even hindered as a result of the massive political disconnect between the military leaders and the troops that made the ground forces In general as well the gentlemanly treatment given to both the British and Argentine soldiers after their surrenders at the beginning and end of the war respectively speaks to the fact that although feelings were harsh between the two nations over the control of the islands and to what extent the wishes of the local inhabitants should be respected and here I side with the British in believing that the wishes of the local residents is decisive both sides fought the war in a humane if serious fashion It should also be noted that the book gives attention to the conduct of the war in South Georgia as well as the abortive commando raids in both Gibraltar and the Tierra Del Fuego The book almost makes one do a walking tour of the Falklands Islands if one can avoid the minefields that still remain there1 See for example2 3 Russell Phillips A Damn Close Run Thing A Brief History of the Falklands War Kindle Locations 355 360 Shilka Publishing


  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 form and having a map and a notebook is suggested by this reviewer before listening to gain the most enjoyment from this very detailed bookI was in High School myself during this conflict and remember well the United States Media take on this conflict The Falklands Conflict and the United States own Grenada Incident were the last two major conflicts before the IntetnetAlthough this story tells of the BBC reporting troop readiness and thus alerting Argentina to an upcoming assault it is nothing like CNN on the beaches in the Middle East during the first gulf warThis audiobook takes you through each major and minor battle from both the United Kingdoms and Argentinas archives The book describes soldiers acts of valor of faulty euipment ships being sunk for the first time since World War II and the interaction of both countries allies as they work to procure and contain modern missile disemenationThe fact that 13 kilometers are still mined in the Falklands was amazing but so the environmental impact of the minefields creating a safe Penguin habitat safe from humansAgain this book is full of facts and as usual the winner writes the history Argentina continues to this day to peacefully have diologue with the UK but as and Oil Platforms go up in the south Atlantic the UK is less and less likely to conseed any of the Falkland Islands back to Argentina


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