Air War in the Falklands 1982
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Four Weeks in May
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Nine Battles to Stanley
One Hundred Days
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Sink the Belgrano
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Victory in the Falklands
Sink the Belgrano
The sinking of the Argentine cruiser ARA Belgrano on May 2nd, by the British nuclear submarine (SSN) HMS Conqueror, was and is one of the most controversial incidents of the entire Falklands War. The main reason for this, is that while there does not appear to be any dispute between the British and Argentine governments that the attack was legal, many British anti-war campaigners have raised concerns about the direction the Belgrano was sailing in, its position outside the Total Exclusive Zone (TEZ), and the fact that the Peruvian government was proposing a peace plan. Additional reasons for controversy include the large Argentine loss of life (in part because Belgrano's escorts sailed on, not realizing anything had happened to the cruiser), and the infamous headline in the Britain's The Sun newspaper "Gotcha" (although to be to be fair this was published when the newspaper thought the cruiser only damaged, and withdrawn when the large loss of life became apparent).
Mike Rossiter's book "Sink the Belgrano", contains a detailed account of events leading to the sinking of the Belgrano, but is actually much more than that The book gives an account of the entire Falklands war cruise of HMS Conqueror.
There is a lot to like about this book, it is well-written and gives clear lucid accounts of many complex events. You also get the feeling that Rossiter got very detailed information from the crew of the Conqueror, and that is the basis for the book, rather than just rehashing standard accounts of the Falklands War - and for this reason, I discovered many details about the war in this book, that I had never seen anywhere else.
There are two photographic insert sections in the book. While many are the standard stock photographs from the Falklands War, there a few that are quite interesting. In the first section is a hand-drawn crossing the Equator certificate, and a map from Conqueror's patrol report (also partially hand-drawn). In the second section, is the hand-drawn cover of Conqueror's patrol report, and some pages from a crew member's scrap book.
Over all, I think this is a very good book. It's easy to read, and contains a wealth of detail. So, if you're interested in the subject, you owe it to yourself to get a copy.
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