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The Battle of Goose Green (Paperback)

A Battle is Fought to be Won

Military > Post-WWII Warfare > Falklands P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Mark Adkin
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 318
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781526760142
Published: 6th November 2019
Last Released: 9th December 2021



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This book tells the story of the battle for Goose Green - the first crucial clash of the Falklands war - through the eyes of the commanders, both British and Argentine, from brigadier to corporal. It follows in detail, with the aid of maps, the 14 hours of vicious infantry fighting of both sides as they struggled for the tiny settlement of Goose Green. The book explains how 2 Para came close to failure as the battalion fought over open ground, in daylight, without adequate fire support against prepared positions. Controversial questions - such as: was it an unnecessary battle? Why did London overrule the brigadier commander's reluctance to attack? Did Colonel Jones's solo charge, which won him the VC, decide the issue? - are discussed frankly. The author, himself a former infantry officer, has had the full support of The Parachute Regiment, and has assembled the views and comments of over 45 veterans of all ranks who fought there.

A book that cannot miss on the shelves of every fan and curious about that strange and terrible war that lasted two months and a little more and that this year will enter its 40th anniversary.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

The Falklands War showed British military personnel at their best and most innovative under the most testing of conditions, and the Battle of Goose Green was one of the classic actions. The author has collected together the impressions of Britain and Argentine personnel from brigadier to corporal. – Most Highly Recommended.

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This brought home to me how the infantry fight and how the British Paratrooper has gained a world wide reputation for being one of the best fighting men around. A superb read, and if you are old enough to remember this war as seen on TV, read this book and prepare to be amazed and humbled.
Four and a half mushrooms.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

I waited for this book to come out and I was not disappointed once I started to read.... This really is the go to book for this battle and it is told with no holds bared.
It is detailed but never bogs you down and it is told like you were there with the soldiers.
Anyone with an interest in the Falklands War should buy this book and enjoy all the facts.

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Amazon Customer, Richard Domoney-Saunders

The battle takes its twists and turns, and Mr Adkin lays it all out in good style. His book was first published in 1992 and this reissue is most welcome. This book is an honest account of an important battle in a war that recedes in memory but never loses its punch.

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War History Online, Mark Barnes

This account of the Battle of Goose Green is a timely re-issue in paperback of probably the best and most detailed description of a key battle in the 1982 Falklands War. The author gives a master class in defining, assembling, analysing and delivering impeccable sources to offer an excellent and fast paced narrative. It also benefits from many sketch maps and landscape sketches of the battlefield that really help understand the aspects that impacted on outcomes and decisions. I have not and probably will not guide this battlefield but should I ever get to Goose Green this book will be with me. Recommended.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Mark Adkin

Mark Adkin was commissioned into The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment in 1956 and served with it and The Royal Anglian Regiment in Germany, Malaya, Mauritius and Aden. On leaving the British Army he joined the Overseas Civil Service and was posted to the Solomon Islands. Transferred to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, he was one of the last British District Officers anywhere in the world.
His final overseas post was as a contract officer for five years with the Barbados Defence Force, and as a Major he was the Caribbean operations staff officer that he participated in the US invasion of Grenada in 1983. He now lives in Bedford and has written books on military subjects, including Urgent Fury, The Last Eleven? andThe Charge, all published by Pen & Sword Books.

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