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The Yompers by Ian Gardiner
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Aug 22, 2012

really liked it

A hands-on personal account of the Falklands war by a 45 Commando company commander. From the start of the war in April 1982 he describes the mobilization of his unit, its transportation to Ascension and landing in the Falklands. He describes graphically how his marines adjusted to war, and despite high morale, superior training and leadership, is humble enough to admit that the British were very lucky in the successful outcome of the war. Near-misses, bombs that failed to go off, poor Argentinian training and lucky timing on the British side all contributed to the result. One thing is very clear: an Argentinian commander reading this book would not make the same mistakes again.

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