A Cold Night in June: Falklands Battle of Mount Longdon

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The complete Falklands experience of a young 3 Para machinegun crew, based on accounts given during organised battlefield tours of Mount Longdon and other sites. The prologue details the gunner's very first experience of combat. A real soldier's voice, combining dry gallows-style humour with a very real and brutal account of the conflict. Includes foreword by Major Justin Featherstone MC. More

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Review by: Carl Massey on April 2, 2013 :
Fist of all, I very much enjoyed this book.and having picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It is at times funny, with what seem like genuine insights into the macabre comedy of the British Army soldier. But when the battle begins, the sheer harrowing detail is uncomfortable, as it should be. The battle of Mount Longdon was horrifying and this book portrays that very well. the book is detailed but also flows and is what I would describe as unputdownable. A cracking read.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: G Evans on March 25, 2013 : (no rating)
Many military books are academic or memoir-based. This Falklands offering is instead a novel, recounting the battle for Mount Longdon through the eyes of a young Parachute Regiment soldier. Well-researched and written with considerable respect for combatants on both sides, it depicts clearly the intimate, bloody violence of the engagement. Whilst replete with soldier banter and gallows humour, a notable degree of pathos grows throughout as the protagonist adjusts to his first experience of conflict and dealing with the immediate aftermath of the fighting. The historical accuracy is ultimately determined by those who were involved. For the rest, it is a thought-provoking, worthwhile read of the UK's last low-tech, conventional conflict.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
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