Book Review: ‘Abandon Ship: The real story of the sinkings in the Falklands War’ by P. Brown,

By David Bowen, published August 2022

Abstract

In this anniversary year of the Falklands war, our minds turn to the details of that conflict. But do we know all the facts? We of course knew of the sinkings as and when they actually happened, and understood the patent circumstances. But this book demonstrates that until its publication we have not heard the full story of the loss of six British vessels and one Argentine.

By any analysis, in this war the Royal Navy performed outstandingly in spite of the multiple difficulties it faced, not least of which were sheer distance, materiel and personnel issues, and a formidable foe. This book simply fills a gap in the published history of the war; and no history of a conflict can be comprehensive without a proper contextualized analysis of losses of men and materiel. The author deals with the particulars of each sinking and does not question the merits of the war itself or the wider span of military activity. It is left to the reader to draw their own conclusions…

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Submarines

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