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A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands War

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In 1982, the average Briton didn't know the Falkland Islands existed, let alone their status as a disputed British territory just off the coast of Argentina. That changed when the Argentinians invaded the islands and overwhelmed the small defending force. Both nations claimed the islands were theirs, but now Argentina thought the British would give them up without a fight. ...more
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Published September 13th 2011 (first published September 12th 2011)
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Jim
Sep 07, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: history, argentina
A bit sketchy and disjointed, but generally an adequate history of the 1982 Falklands war. Author Russell Phillips doesn't go into much background about the pre-war history of the archipelago and what the real issues of the war were both from the Argentine Junta's side and from Margaret Thatcher's side.

A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands War is a quick read which gets increasingly scattered once the ground fighting begins. There is no real strategic vision, and the fighting
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Glenn Dean
Apr 07, 2012 Glenn Dean rated it really liked it
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, I'm reviewing A Damn Close Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands Conflict, by UK author and military historian Russell Phillips. Available for Amazon Kindle via Amazon.com and in other eBook formats via Smashwords.com, the book is approximately 55 pages or 11000 words, and as a result makes a relatively quick read.

A Damn Close Run Thing provides an excellent overview of the Falklands War from the strategic and political setting pr
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Perry Martin
May 14, 2014 Perry Martin rated it really liked it
A brief history of the Falklands conflict By Russell Phillips and read by Phillip J Mather.
This book is less than two hours in audio form and having a map and a notebook is suggested by this reviewer before listening to gain the most enjoyment from this very detailed book.

I was in High School myself during this conflict and remember well the United States Media take on this conflict. The Falklands Conflict and the United States own Grenada Incident were the last two major conflicts before the In
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Steve Anderson
Nov 08, 2011 Steve Anderson rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about the Falklands War, and this provided a good overview of the conflict. I learned much. I didn't realize so many lost their lives, and that Argentine agents attempted to hit a British ship in Gibraltar. Russell Phillips writes straightforward narratives that convey a lot of information concisely. You can trust their accuracy. As a historical fiction author looking for topics to research, I rely on articles such as these to point me in the right direction. I look forward to ...more
Zoe Robinson
Nov 27, 2011 Zoe Robinson rated it it was amazing
The Falklands War has been a topic of interest for me for many years and never have I read a more clear and succinct description of the events involved than in this book. Well done, Mr Phillips!
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Born and brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire, I have lived and worked in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Staffordshire. I currently live in Stoke on Trent with my wife and son.

I write books and articles about military technology and history. My articles have been published in Miniature Wargames, Wargames Illustrated and the Society of Twentieth Century Wargamers' Journal.
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