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Harrier 809: Britain’s Legendary Jump Jet and the Untold Story of the Falklands War

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  16 reviews
‘A military adventure, written with expertise…a tale of initiative,skill and courage, of pushing beyond the rules.’ The Spectator

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands.

In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published October 15th 2020 by Bantam Press
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John Lomnicki,
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing fast paced air war vignette

This is air war and overcoming details that plagued bad planning decisions that cost men their lives on both sides. It is a technical, yet human story that is actually exciting.
Irwin Fletcher
I think I'm being kind of generous even giving this two stars but 1 seems a little harsh. I have never read a book in my life that had such an uneven focus and incomplete narrative. For starters this book assumes you've already read every book there is about the Falklands and want some supplemental material about the air war. The ground war is neglected to the point that I kept forgetting there even was one. I understand the focus of the book is on the Harriers (though not too focused as I'll ex ...more
Dougie Brimson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
I should preface this review with a few facts. First, I'm an RAF veteran, second, I was on Ascension Island throughout the conflict and third, up to 1982 I served with the Harrier Force as part of 4 Sqn at RAF Gutersloh. In other words, I have some insight into both the events covered in the book and the world of the Harrier.

With that in mind, this book isn't about the RAF per se, and having read Vulcan 607 I approached it with some trepidation. It surely couldn't be that good could it? In all h
Roy Szweda
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: planes, war-modern
Hmm nominally finished, well, I got more than two-thirds in and I had a rest then this morning tried again… Tom can have his copy back. Sometimes, quite often in fact, I thought I was reading a racey novel the hyperbole just overwhelmed me. Modern non-fiction bookstore shelves are replete with these vox-pop treatments of wartime adventures and I suppose sales would confirm that market exists and maybe growing but it is not for me. Last month I had a go at Lancaster by an author who I had time fo ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is fast paced and reads quickly. White is focused on telling the story and does not let this book get bogged down by analysis or other factors. There are some parts of this book that I enjoyed - White kept the book fast paced. I think his focus on 809 squadron was an interesting way to tell the larger story of the Fleet Air Arm's role in the Falklands War. I also appreciate that he worked to tell the story of the Argentine Air Force and Navy flyers.
In my view, there are also some drawb
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a exciting and informative book this proved to be. Well written and well researched.

The information provided in relation to the operational level is intriguing. I always find the logistic element of any war interesting. The author provides a indepth insight into the planning and organization that went into 809sq and the wider task force. I loved all the information that was devoted to the Atlantic conveyer. As well highlighting the British task force shortcomings, of Radar, gun sights and
J R Boote
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had already read Vulcan 607 and Into The Black by Rowland White so my decision to read his latest book was based on those two books which were excellent reads, Vulcan 607 being my favourite.
If you enjoy reading Rowland White's books, you won't be disappointed by Harrier 809 and you'll know what to expect. His books are well researched.
My only criticisms are that I had expected a bit more detail into the development of the Harrier in the first part of the book, and I had expected there to be a
Stephen Mercer
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Milsom
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First became of the book via the ‘We have ways’ Podcast and hearing Mr White talk about the conflict and the preparations to go to war. I found it absorbing and was completely astounded by some of the clandestine activity to ensure success. I would thoroughly recommend the book. It made me nostalgic for the days of the Sea Harrier and the GR3.
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just brilliant . It is what I have come to expect from Rowland White . His books proudly sit on my bookshelf amongst titles by Hastings , Ambrose, Bishop, Arthur and Holland as an equal . Keep them coming .
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A well written account of 809 getting to the war with some nice pictures included to compliment the text.
Mark Polino
Great book. Reads like thriller. It needed an improved timeline for specific events in greater narrative, but that’s a quibble.
Andy Chase
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book, as an ex RAF Officer I've served in the Falklands and read several books on the subject, this along with his previous work Vulcan 607 blurs the line between fact and fiction. It delivers a page turner that I was devastated to finish. Superb. ...more
Tom Watson
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story of how the Falklands air war was won

I got this book to learn more about the air war over the Falklands that led to the British retaking the islands from Argentina. Its a really remarkable story of British ingenuity and grit that also characterizes great courage and creativity in solving huge logistic and operational issues. Written from the British point of view it gives great credit to the Argentinean airmen for the courage. White transitions from strategic to tactical to very p
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review 112 - Harrier 809 by Rowland White

This book is another fantastic book telling a true story about a Harrier jump jet squadron.

It is a bit slow to start, but this is because a lot of information is passed along setting up 809 squadron and introducing all of the people involved.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about another side of the Falklands War.

I've read several of this authors other books and have enjoyed them all.

I have one more book to read by him.

Terence Lionel
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Book

Great Book it gave me a lit of information about the Falklands War I did not know and gave more information about the Argentines side. I wanted more about the movements of the Army troops. This book was a great technical read but the author made interesting.
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