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Invasion 1982 (Paperback)

The Falkland Islanders Story

Falklands Military

By Graham Bound
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781473853430
Published: 23rd March 2016



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Falkland Islanders were the first British people to come under enemy occupation since the Channel Islanders during the Second World War. This book tells how islanders' warnings were ignored in London, how their slim defences gave way to a massive invasion, and how they survived occupation.

While some established a cautiously pragmatic modus vivendi with the occupiers, some Islanders opted for active resistance. Others joined advancing British troops, transporting ammunition and leading men to the battlefields. Islanders' leaders and 'trouble makers' faced internal exile, and whole settlements were imprisoned, becoming virtual hostages.

A new chapter about Falklands history since 1982 reveals that while the Falklands have benefited greatly from Britain’s ongoing commitment to them, a cold war continues in the south Atlantic. To the annoyance of the Argentines, the islands have prospered, and may now be poised on the brink of an oil bonanza.

I enjoyed the book, it is very worthwhile and the loyalty to Britain of the Islanders shows through in all parts of the book and makes it more understandable why Britain should have sent a taskforce thousands of miles from one end of the Atlantic to the other to retake the Islands in the name of the Queen.

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 Graham Bound

About Graham Bound

Graham Bound was born in the Falkland Islands, where he was the founding editor of the local newspaper, Penguin News. Although now living in London, he still contributes a regular column to the paper. He was living in the Falklands at the time of the 1982 invasion, and that experience led to his first book for Pen and Sword, Falkland Islanders at War. Based on over 100 interviews with Islanders and combatants from both sides, the book tells the story of the invasion, occupation and conflict from the point of view of the local population. The book was subsequently updated considerably, and republished by Pen and Sword as Invasion 1982.

Graham moved to the UK in 1992, where he worked as a broadcaster with BBC World Service Radio and as a freelance writer. He was an assistant editor on Soldier Magazine, and reported from operational areas around the world, including Iraq and Kosovo. He later became a senior information officer at the MOD, where he was Editor of the MOD publication Defence Focus. His last MOD post was to the Cross Departmental Afghanistan Communications Team, which coordinated communications strategy around Afghanistan for Number 10 Downing Street. He has now returned to private freelance work, and recently went home to the Falklands to research and write Fortress Falklands – Life Under Siege in Britain's Last Outpost. This is a frank assessment of the threat still posed by Argentina and the remarkable changes that have taken place in the islands – not least the discovery of oil – since 1982. In his spare time, Graham spends time at his remote cabin in the Falklands, sailing in warmer seas than the Falklands can offer, and walking his cockapoo dog Booboo.

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