One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander
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One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander

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On 2 April 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. The British response was swift, some said foolhardy. The mission of the Battle Group under the command of Rear Admiral Sandy Woodward presented a challenge that seemed all but insurmountable, and it was to require men of the highest calibre, professionalism and fortitude to carry it off. It also required exceptional l...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 511 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1992)
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A fascinating insight into the British military mind. I almost put it down around page 50 as unrealistic--which of course, it can't be--and then persevered. The problem for me was that the British Naval strategizing and decision making is quite different from what we Americans believe to be good military leadership. Admiral Woodward struggled over decisions, plodded to the inevitable end, worried about losing boats and helicopters over men, often had to check in with Britain to confirm--or appro...more
Bas Kreuger
A fantastic book on the naval side of operations in the Falklands campaign in 1982.

Funnily enough I also compared Woodwards book with novels by Tom Clancy or Larry Bond. But had Clancy or Bond written this one, I would have laid it aside as being not very realistic! The British missiles continuously miss target, about 80% or Argentinian bombs don't explode, the Argentinian navy is not responding very clever to the British moves etc. etc.

But oh boy! Does it read like a Clancy or Bond novel!Bette...more
Julie H. Ferguson
One Hundred Days tells the story of the Falkland Islands war of 1982 from the perspective of the commander of the naval battle group, Admiral Sandy Woodward. It is an unashamedly and intense personal viewpoint as a leader drawn from his diary written at the time showing all the frustrations, anxieties, and grief that assailed him.
As an author of naval history, I couldn't put it down. Readers must read all three prefaces to understand what Woodward knew when and didn't know during the campaign ot...more
This book provides superb insight into Naval operations and the issues/dilemmas that the BG Commander must handle. It also shows the wisdom of the adage "no plan survives first contact with the enemy." Recommended reading for anyone who sails in a warship.
'One Hundred Days' is a must have for any Naval Historian. Admiral Woodward does a superb job explaining and critiquing modern paradigms of the 'air sea' battle. I cannot exclaim the praises of this book loudly enough!
Good book, a nice one to read after The Battle for the Falklands by Hastings and Jenkins. It is clear that Woodward intended this book to be read by future naval officers, as he spends a lot of time describing his decision making process and the agony of making tough decisions. (for example, denying air support to 4 pinned down SAS troops because his Sea Harriers could not be risked) He strives to be as objective as possible, including some fairly harsh self-criticism. The ground battle is not c...more
Stan Bebbington
What a task to walk into! Throughout Woodward remained detached, analytical and seemingly unaffected by adversity in a very unusual war in miniature. The, "Boys Own" stuff was left far behind when the realities cut in. I was surprised by the need for tight timing of the operation due to the weather. While successful, the losses particularly of the screening vessels was hard to bear. The book is the story of the Naval part of enterprise and is not intended to cover the land war in any great detai...more
An excellent and insightful account of the first air-sea conflict of the modern electronic and missile age. Few books examine leadership and command within a naval context. Compulsory reading for the military professional and/or enthusiast of war strategy and military history in general.
A top down look at the Falklands campaign...obviously to be a text for futer commanders for its devotion to the decision-making enlightening read and I look forward to the Hastings and Jennings work!!!
Jens Hansen
My copy has disappeared into a mist of distant acquaintances who pass it on to each other, sometimes reporting back that they have encountered it. Does that say something about its qualities?
had to read this for a professional course i took recently, but frankly i didnt finish it. takes him a long time to get to the war. lot of (highly uninteresting) personal background.
Roger Misso
Should be read by all naval officers today. A great look at modern task force/amphibious structure through the (British) eyes of the man who led one. Well done.
A very readable and not overly technical account of the Falklands War from the British Battle Group Commander. Fairly quick and enjoyable read.
Brian S.
A must read for every naval officer before they deploy. It really focuses on what is important when conducting combat operations at sea.
Neal Quillinan
Really enjoyed this. The author assumed nothing and spoke up to the reader. Full of insights. On the trials of leadership most of all.
Steve Puli
A well written and fascinating read into the logistics planning and reality of the Falklands War. Very engaging.
A nice look at decision-making under pressure, with incomplete information.
The definitive insider's look at the Falklands War
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