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A Soldiers Song: True Stories From The Falklands

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In 1982 Private Ken Lukowiak served with 2 Para in the Falklands. With this book, he offers a brutally honest account of his experiences of the campaign.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1999 by Orion Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jim
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an odd little book. There are probably some that won't like Mr Lukowiak's style (good old English name, wot?) or his irreverent and unorthodox attitude toward the military and war. In my opinion, this is either the best or worst military memoir I've read. I'm going to lean toward best because, once started, I could not put this book down.

At the time of the incidents referred to in the book, Lukowiak was a Private in 2 Para. He relates, more or less lucidly, his involvement in the Falklan
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Ian
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: factual, war, dtb, memoir, atw80
I really enjoyed this memoir of the Falkland Islands war. It was written 10 years after the event by an ex British paratrooper and it fully captures the excitement, the horror, the mundanity, the idiocy and the humour that fills a soldiers life when he is sent off to fight, kill and perhaps die to further the ends of his country.

The book is written chronologically but in lots of very short chapters. This structure works really well as his story moves rapidly between staccato periods of boredom a
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Sho
In my last year of school, somewhere between mock A-levels and the real thing, a small set of islands were invaded by the Argentinian military. Where the heck, a lot of people asked, are the Falklands? Are they near the Outer Hebridies?

In 1982 the Argentinian economy was going down the toilet, there was civil unrest and (If i'm remembering it correctly) the IMF had stepped in with loans to save the economy, with harsher conditions attached than those faced by Greece right now. And we can all ope
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Ben
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I read a review of this years ago, but have only just caught up with it now. I can't recommend it enough. In deceptively simple prose, Lukowiak, who served with 2 Para at Goose Green and Wireless Ridge, paints a picture of the horror, stupidity - and humour - of war. ...more
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