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Thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War

12th April 2012

The thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands War gives us the opportunity to review the dramatic recapture of the disputed islands, but also now with Argentina adopting a new level of aggressive diplomacy, some say we are now once again closer to war than at any point in the preceding thirty years. These factors are analysed by Falkland's historian, Graham Bound in his latest book, Fortress Falklands.

Also new to our Falklands list, and currently our best selling Falklands title, is Ian Gardiner's The Yompers, which looks at 45 Commandos role in the War. From the Paras' perspective, we are delighted to publish the first biography of Falklands Hero Ian Mckay, VC winner at Mount Longdon. This fascinating book, written in conjunction with Ian's family, reveals his story for the first time.

At the beginning of the war, Nick Barker, Captain of HMS Endurance, the ice patrol vessel, describes how it all started from his perspective in Beyond Endurance. We also have Invasion 1982 by Graham Bound, who tells us from the Falkland Islanders' perspective what it was like to be invaded and occupied.

A range of other biographies by men who served in the Falklands also include:From the Front Line, RAF Harrier Ground Attack Falklands, Special Forces Pilot, Reasons in Writing, RAF Tanker Navigator, Bomb Alley - Falklands Island 1982 and Ordeal by Exocet

We also have some classic accounts from some of the British Commanders including Julian Thompson's 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands, Commodore Clapp's Amphibious Assault and Nick Vaux's March to the South Atlantic.

Other titles look at the key role some of the most famous ships played, such as The Age of Invincible and HMS Fearless.

There are three titles which look at more specific actions, namely Pebble Island, Mount Longdon and 5th Infantry Brigade in the Falklands War.

Finally, we have some good general descriptions of the events of 1982 starting with Martin Middlebrook's two-volume study from the British perspective in The Falklands War and the opposing forces in Argentine Fight for the Falklands. Lastly, we have popular Falklands Commando, Nick van der Bijl’s action packed Nine Battles to Stanley and Victory in the Falklands.

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