The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volume 1: The Origins of the Falklands War

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Routledge, Jun 1, 2004 - History - 272 pages
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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 is the most authoritative account of the origins of the 1982 war.

In the first chapters the author analyzes 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, 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 realization 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 ... Read full review

Contents

1 Origins of the Dispute
1
2 Inconsistent Appeasement
14
3 Communications and Condominiums
20
4 MisCommunication and NonCooperation
28
5 Shackleton
36
6 Unreliable Defence
46
7 Reappraisal
55
8 Undetected Deterrence
65
13 Micawberism
116
14 No Plans
124
15 Alarm Bells
132
16 South Georgia
145
17 Crisis
159
18 Delayed Response
168
19 The Worst Moment
177
20 Conclusion
188

9 Marking Time
76
10 Towards LeaseBack
85
11 The Rise of LeaseBack
97
12 The Fall of LeaseBack
107
Notes
198
Bibliography
209
Index
211
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Sir Lawrence Freedman is Professor of War Studies at King’s College where he is currently Vice Principal. He has written extensively on military strategy, cold war history and contemporary conflict and is a regular newspaper columnist.

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