Falklands Gunner (Hardback)
A Day-by-Day Personal Account of the Royal Artillery in the Falklands War
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The Royal Artillery played a vital, though often forgotten, part in the British armed forces’ successful operation to re-capture of the Falkland Islands in 1982. However, the actions of the artillery were recorded by one young officer in a journal which he kept before, during and after the conflict.
Second Lieutenant Tom Martin was a Command Post Officer with 29 (Corunna) Field Battery RA which deployed to the South Atlantic in 1982 as part of the Task Force dispatched to retake the Falklands. With its six 105mm Light Guns making the journey on the MV Europic Ferry, the Battery sailed south on the MV Norland with 2 Para, joining 3 Commando Brigade for the landings.
The five gun batteries of the Royal Artillery, totalling thirty light field guns, fired a tremendous number of shells on the Argentine forces. For its part, 29 (Corunna) Field Battery fired the first Fire Mission of the conflict – and continued to operate in support of the infantry until the Argentine surrender, in the most testing environment and against considerable odds.
Whilst in the South Atlantic, Tom Martin sought to detail and record the action on the Battery’s gun position. Supported by the recollections of some of those he served alongside, and a remarkable series of then and now images taken during a return visit to the islands in early 2017, his notes and diary entries form the basis of this book; a vivid, blow-by-blow account which provides a comprehensive picture of the Royal Artillery and its pivotal role in the Falklands War.
Interview article 'The guns of East Falkland' as featured byHistory of War, issue 66 - words by Tom Garner
Very Interesting account - well worth a read!Amazon Customer
Only by reading this descriptive, makes you aware of what our heroes undertook, and at what cost. Thank you all especially the author, for bringing it as it truly is.Amazon Customer
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Have read quite a few books on the Falklands,this is definitely one of the best,very enjoyable read.Amazon Customer
Tom Martin's book is basically a day by day diary of the events on the Falklands as he experienced them and is a great insight into one man's experience in the dangerous, confusing and ultimate human endeavor of war.GUNS Australia, October-December 2018 - reviewed by John Robinson
If you want to know the life of a gunner in the Falklands, then this does a good job of describing the entire experience.The Armourer, August 2018
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Interview article: 'Veteran's story transports the reader back to the Falklands War' words by Maxine IrvingWestern Gazette, 7th June 2018
As featured on...marylebonevillage.com
The Skyguard radar-directed Oerlikon twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns had a major impact on the British air campaign during the Falklands Conflict of 1982. General Menéndez, transient Argentine Governor of Las Islas Malvinas, stated ‘The anti-aircraft gunners were the only Argentine forces on the Malvinas not to be beaten directly by the British and can take pride in being the first and the last to fire on the enemy.’ Following their surrender, these recently purchased guns were recognised for their military value to the RAF by a young squadron leader in the British Ministry of Defence who used…By Wg Cdr Mike Fonfé
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