The Official History of the Falklands Campaign: The Origins of the Falklands War
Drawing on a vast range of previously classified government archives as well as interviews with key participants, this first volume of the official history of the Falklands Campaign isáthe most authoritative account of the origins of the 1982 war.
In the first chapters the author analyses the long history of the dispute between Argentina and Britain over the sovereignty of the Islands, the difficulties faced by successive governments in finding a way to reconcile the opposed interests of the Argentines and the islanders, and the constant struggle to keep the Islands viable. He subsequently gives a complete account of how what started as an apparently trivial incident over an illegal landing by scrap-metal merchants on the island of South Georgia turned into a major crisis. Thanks to his access to classified material, Sir Lawrence Freedman has been able to produce a detailed and authoritative analysis which extends the coverage given by the Franks Committee Report of 1983.
This volume is ultimately an extremely readable account of these events, charting the growing realisation within the British government of the seriousness of the situation, culminating in the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands at the start of April 1982.
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This is a worthy but detailed and, as far as can be seen, accurate, history of the events leading up to the war. If you have any interest at all in the Falklands campaign this is a must have, but don't buy it unless you like military detail and accounts of campaigns. As the title says It is an official history, and was approved by the British authorities, who made material available to the author. We don't know if the American authorities 'approved' it, but the author used the US National Archive and the Reagan Library. As a British citizen living in the USA I had no trouble buying Volume 1. Volume 2 was a different story. It was listed as available on the publisher's web site, but Amazon UK never had any copies in stock, and Amazon USA did not list it (even though Taylor & Francis published it simultaneously in the USA). Interestingly, the British Library and the Library of Congress were also unaware of its existence. Presumably this is because it mentions (although not in detail) the part played by the CIA and other American agencies in supplying information to the British forces. In the end I had to get a visitor from Britain to order it from a small London bookshop and bring it in their luggage.
The Official History of the Falklands Campaign: War and Diplomacy
No preview available - 2007