Pebble Island (Paperback)
Revised Anniversary Edition
This is the story of the SAS raid on Pebble Island during the Falklands War.
In atrocious weather, 48 men of 22 SAS Regiment were landed by Sea King Helicopter on the Island. Their task was to destroy the 11 enemy aircraft located at the Airstrip on the Island and neutralize the Argentinean force posted there to guard it.
The raid was successful and all the Aircraft were destroyed but debate still goes on as to whether the raid was a political gesture to give the British Public some action or whether it was to knock out the Airbase that could have made life difficult for the landings at San Carlos Bay later in the War.
The book covers sections on: history of the engagement, training and planning involved, equipment used, weapons file, breakdown of forces engaged, consequences and controversies as well as personal accounts of those involved.
This small extremely well presented book with clear illustrations, established the importance of denying the Argentinians the use of Pebble Island as a forward operating base from where they could attack any approaching shipping. The success of the raid without loss of life had a significant effect on the early stages of the war. For the un-initiated it is revealing to discover the level of planning and resources needed to mount such an operation, and as always, there are never enough people or the right equipment. It is a truism that no plan survives contact with the enemy and what is clear from the book, is the flexibility of those on the ground to evolve the plan as required.Robert Bartlett
This is the untold story of the Falklands War as experienced by a below-decks seaman on one of the most important ships to be despatched to the South Atlantic. It is a no-holds-barred account as seen through the eyes of a Royal Navy matelot who shared the terror of the first encounter with Argentinean forces when South Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat. Then HMS Antrim lead the first attack into the North Falklands Sound where she destroyed enemy defences and later became part of the main force anti-aircraft defences in the infamous 'Bomb Alley' or San Carlos Water. During…By David Yates
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