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9 Troop in the Falklands (Hardback)

A Royal Marine Fighting Troop in 1982

Colour Books Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Falklands P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Chris Pretty
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 30 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399008051
Published: 30th August 2024


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This is an adventure story about Royal Marine Commandos going to war during the Falklands War of 1982. Myth and legend. War is an odd thing. It brings out the very best in a person and probably the converse, too. It is also the story of Argentinian Marines who also went to war. The very same war and eventually the very same battle. Memories are still very much alive. But it is curious that people witness the exact same events but remember something quite different. This book allows for these differences, accepting them as truths.

The dark stormy stage is set and the players are not even aware they are going to war. One by one, they tell their story of this great Homerian adventure. But it is not a story of heroics and daring-do. It is a story of quite normal people who, through the accident of birth dates, meet in the absurd position of fighting each other for their very lives. Some are injured, some die. Some are deeply affected by the war. If there is a case for the ‘Universal Soldier’, it is truly in this story. Soldiers are sent to war by other people. They endure, suffer and kill for a cause they know or care little about. Real war and real fighting create a microcosm of experiences.

Friendship groups reduce in size from a Commando Unit size of 600 men to much smaller groups. 9 Troop, Charlie Company, 40 Commando Royal Marines experienced this. 9 Troop comprises 32 men. All extremely close friends. Closer than you could possibly imagine. As the war progresses, the groups in the Troop reduce in size until you are only concerned with the other two men immediately around you. Microscopic. These are the men you fight for. These are the friendships you will take to the end of your days. If love were ever a thing, it was clearly present among the men of Charlie Company in 1982, also, among the men of the Argentine Marines on Sapper Hill.

The War was short and violent. Extremely violent. The Marines on both sides suffered the extreme Antarctic weather conditions and the vicious fighting. Weather was the paramount concern. Royal Marines are trained to pay attention to detail and constantly do their ‘admin’. Clean and service equipment and themselves. It is a harsh religion within the Corps and we all pay homage to it. This may have affected the outcome as much as any fighting.

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About Chris Pretty

Chris Pretty joined the Royal Marines in 1978. After Commando Training, he was drafted to M Company, 42 Commando, then progressed to RM Poole and specialised as an Illustrator (now the Combat Intelligence specialism). After completing this long and exclusive course, he was drafted to 40 Commando Intelligence Section. Subsequently, moving to Charlie Company 40 Commando, where he became a member of 9 Troop.

After leaving the Royal Marines, Chris began Instructing Climbing and Mountaineering. He worked in Education for many years and was the Programme Leader of a Degree programme. Now retired from Education, he has returned to his first love, Instructing Climbing and Mountaineering. Some of which support the Veterans Community in the UK. Chris lives in Suffolk. He is married with four grown children and some grandchildren. He is a happy man.

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Many military accounts of the British side of the Falklands War have been published as well as memoirs written by servicemen who took part, so this aspect of the story of the Argentine occupation and the British liberation of this remote territory in the South Atlantic is well known. But little attention has been paid to the Falkland islanders who had direct personal experience of this extraordinary crisis in their history. That is why the previously unpublished diaries of Neville Bennett and his wife Valerie, a fireman and a nurse who lived with their two daughters in Port Stanley throughout…

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