A Cold Night in June: Falklands Battle of Mount Longdon
on March 25, 2013
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.