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Falklands Gunner (Hardback)

A Day-by-Day Personal Account of the Royal Artillery in the Falklands War

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By Tom Martin, Foreword by Major General Julian Thompson CB, OBE
Frontline Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781473881211
Published: 12th December 2017


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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.

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About Tom Martin

Having passed through the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Tom Martin was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery when the Falklands War began in 1982. As Command Post Officer of 29 (Corunna) Field Battery, he soon found himself heading to the South Atlantic. After the conflict, Tom became an Army pilot and, having transferred to the Army Air Corps, served as a flying instructor, including with the Royal Air Force’s Central Flying School, the Royal Marines Air Squadron and the Fleet Air Arm. During his military career, Tom served in the United Kingdom, Germany and Northwest Europe, Canada and the USA, the Caribbean, Kenya, Norway, Northern Ireland and the South Atlantic. After retiring from the Army in 1997, Tom became a commercial helicopter pilot, where he continues to fly for the emergency services.

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