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Pebble Island (Paperback)

Revised Anniversary Edition

Modern Warfare Falklands SAS & Elite Forces

By Jon Cooksey, Francis Mackay
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Elite Forces Operations Series
Pages: 121
ISBN: 9781473892958
Published: 29th March 2017


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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

About Jon Cooksey

JON COOKSEY is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of Stand To!, and his articles have appeared in many of the foremost military magazines and in national newspapers. As an experienced battlefield guide, he regularly leads tours to the battlefields of both world wars as well as the Falkland Islands. His TV and radio appearances include the Channel 5 programme on the 1914 Christmas Truce and and Great War soldier Ronald Poulton Palmer and Gallipoli Victoria Cross winner Frederick Potts for the BBC. His books include The Barnsley Pals, Flanders 1915, Calais: A Fight to the Finish and 3 Para Mount Longdon – The Bloodiest Battle.

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