The Royal Navy and Falklands War

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Pen and Sword, 13.07.1987 г. - 384 страници
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Soldiers and journalists alike wasted no time in telling the story of the campaign to recapture the Falkland Islands after the Argentinian invasion in April, 1982. Almost without exception, however, they are concerned largely on the role of the Army, for it was the part they played which particularly fired the public imagination, and it may be said that the role of the Royal and Merchant Navies, the abiding images of which are for many the pictures of the exploding frigate Antelope, and the burning Atlantic Conveyor, has hitherto been overshadowed by the yomping of the Marines and the exploits of certain gentleman of the press. Yet none of them would have been there at all had the Royal Navy not provided the necessary transport, not to mention air cover and bombardment support. In the book David Brown, head of what was formally the Naval Historical Branch at the Ministry of Defence, tells in full for the first time the extraordinary story of how the fleet was assembeled; of how merchant-ships from luxury liners such as the Canberra to cargo-carriers of every description were 'Taken Up Form Trade' and, in a staggeringly short time, converted to their new role. He describes the stupendous problems presented by the assembling, and stowing, of the thousands of tons of stores and equipment needed by the Expeditionary Forces and the way in which these problems were dealt with.
 

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Introduction
7
Maps
9
Glossary
14
Prologue
18
PART I
21
PART II
49
PART III
98
PART IV
177
STUFT Ships Taken Up from Trade
349
Appendix I
358
Appendix II
363
Appendix III
365
Appendix IV
371
Equivalent Ranks
375
Sources
376
Index
377

PART V
233
PART VI
267

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David Brown was born in Newcastle-upon-tyne in 1938. After serving in the Royal Navy from 1957 to 1969, he joined the Ministry of Defence's Naval Historical Branch, of which he becomes the head in 1977. The author of a number of books and monographs, published between 1968 and 1977 and primarily on naval aviation subjects, and co-author of the Guinness book of Air Warfare, he returned from self-imposed 'private sector retirement' at the end of 1982 at the request of the then vice Chief of the Naval Staff to write, primarily for the benefit of those who took part, a narrative of the naval side of the Falklands campaign. David Brown is married, with four children and lives in Wokind, Surrey. Away from the office, he spends most of the time commuting and avoiding gardening,

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