A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands War

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This short history sums up the events leading up to the war and its major military actions including details of an Argentinian plan to sink a Royal Navy ship in Gibraltar harbour and a British plan to land SAS soldiers in Argentina to destroy aircraft while they were still on the ground. More

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Published by Shilka Publishing
Words: 12,000
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466105478
About Russell Phillips

Born and brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire, Russell Phillips has lived and worked in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Staffordshire. His articles have been published in Miniature Wargames, Wargames Illustrated and the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers Journal. He has been interviewed for the American edition of The Voice of Russia. He currently lives in Stoke-on-Trent with his wife and two children.


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In 1982, the average Briton didn't know the Falkland Islands existed. That changed when the Argentinians invaded. Book trailer for A Damn Close-Run Thing.

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Review by: Suzy Stewart Dubot on Feb. 08, 2012 :
Non-fictional war narratives, military manœuvres and political plots are not on my reading list.
I now take that statement back because this work by Russell Phillips was able to get me interested!
It is an informative, well written story for anyone who wants an idea of what went on during the Falklands War in 1982. He reveals the magnitude of the conflict between Britain and Argentina in an easy to read manner. Although I wasn’t familiar with the different types of weapons, ships, helicopters etc., he manages to transmit the significance of the loss of material for both sides.
In a very real conflict that seemed a little unreal at the time, he gives credit to those soldiers who fought as well as to those losing their lives. I can recommend this for an insight into a conflict that was indeed a war.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Steve Anderson on Nov. 08, 2011 :
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 more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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