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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 Falklands, where he founded the local newspaper Penguin News. He experienced the war of 1982 and went on to be a local correspondent for several British newspapers. After moving to the UK, he worked as a broadcaster with BBC World Service, and as a journalist and editor with defence publications. He worked in communications at the Ministry of Defence, and joined a team responsible for Number 10 Downing Street's Afghanistan communications. Now retired, he lives in London, where he writes and makes ceramics. He returns to the Falklands often.

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