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#2144792 - 02/23/07 04:46 AM Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic *****  
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RAF Harrier Ground Attack Falklands by Jerry Pook

http://www.amazon.co.uk/RAF-Harrier-Ground-Attack-Falklands/dp/184415551X

Diario de Guerra del Radar Malvinas, by Mr. Miguel Angel Silva, about the TPS-43 radar installed in the islands and was used to guide the air attacks over the fleet, warning about SeaHarrier CAPs, helped with the release of the ground-based Exocet that hit HMS Glamorgan, was damaged by a Shrike in Black Buck 5 but repaired and back to work until end of the war.

http://www.radarmalvinas.com.ar/


FALKLANDS THE AIR WAR by BURDEN, Rodney A, et al, a comprehensive study of air combat during the 1982 Falklands War. Every detail is included in this history with illustrations throughout in the form of photographs, drawings, three-view drawings of aircraft, and even a small colour section of the squadron crests.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=272371060&searchurl=y%3D15%26bsi%3D30%26tn%3DFalklands%2BAir%2BWar%26x%3D71

(thanks IvanK!)

Desde El Frente (From the Front) a detailed account about the intervention of the BATALLN DE INFANTERA DE MARINA N5 (translation would be 5th MARINE INFANTRY BATTALLION), in Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, in 1982. Written by the commander of the battallion and the collaboration of his Encargado de Batalln (it is roughly the person in charge of the battallion). Spanish only as far as I know.

(thanks Pablo Diez!)

Air War in the South Atlantic, by Ethell and Jeffrey L., with first-hand accounts from both British and Argentian pilots.:
http://www.biblio.com/books/39793989.html




Hostile Skies, by David Morgan, my favourite Sea Harrier book, it is not as technically in-depth as Ward's book but is more tense and dramatic:
http://www.amazon.com/Hostile-Skies-Davi...2742845-4539309


Sea Harrier over the Falklands, by commander Nigel 'Sharkey' Ward, technically in-depth and also a good read:
http://www.amazon.com/Harrier-Falklands-...TF8&s=books

Dios y los Halcones, ('God and the Hawks'), by Comodoro Pablo Marcos Rafael Carballo, in '82 was commanding officer of argentinean Grupo 5 de Caza, responsible for heavy losses inflicted in the Task Force, like HMS Coventry and the Fitzroy attack:
http://www.argentinidad.com/libros/malvinas/carballo.htm

Unfortunately only in spanish language and so far released only in Argentina, together with its 'brother' book Halcones de Malvinas, it's the most comprehensive and complete account of the air war through the argentinean pilots perspective - Halcones also is built like a series of chronicles describing missions from A-4 Skyhawk pilots, as well as Mirage V Dagger, Pucar, Camberra, C-130 Hercules, helicopter and even air defense garrisons. I got my copy through a friend who travelled in vacations to Buenos Aires. Seems quite rare outside of South America.
http://www.ediciones.argentinidad.com/


Vulcan 607, by Rowland White, The Epic Story of the Most Remarkable British Air Attack since WWII
http://www.amazon.com/Vulcan-607-Ambitio...TF8&s=books


Yo fui piloto Aviador Naval, ('I was a naval aviator') by Capitan de Navo(R.E.)Rodolfo Alberto Castro Fox

http://www.fuerzasnavales.com/monog_c_fox.html
Also only in spanish language and unseen outside of Argentina so far.

La Guerra Inaudita, by Ruben Oscar Moro (thanks Baco!)
http://www.tematika.com/articulo/detalleArticulo.jsp?idArticulo=118872

One Hundred Days, by Sandy Woodward (thanks AWL_Spiner!)
http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Days-Falklands-Bluejacket/dp/1557506523


Bomb Alley: Falklands 1982, by David Yates
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bomb-Alley-Falkland-Islands-1982/dp/1844154173


Through Fire and Water: HMS "Ardent", by Mark Higgitt
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Fire-Water-Forgotten-Falklands/dp/184018356X


Four Weeks In May - The Loss of HMS Coventry - "Four Weeks in May is a riveting account of how men prepare for a war they never expected to fight and how they endure its privations, terrors and, finally, its horrors."

http://www.hmscoventry.co.uk/fourweeksinmay.html

Last three books are naval warfare-focused but also on our subject since these warships suffered air attacks during the conflict.

**two interesting books added by forum member Manocruel

Exocet, by author Emilio Villarino, Abril Books S.A.


Los Dos Lados del Inferno ('the two sides of hell'), author Vincent Bramley, Planeta Books S.A.



Websites

Royal Air Force official page on the Falklands war:
http://www.raf.mod.uk/falklands/index.html

Official Argentinean Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina) website on the subject:
http://www.fuerzaaerea.mil.ar/conflicto/operaciones_aereas.html
(in spanish language)

Honor Regained - comprehensive website in english about South Atlantic Conflict
http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Falklands/

BATTLE ATLAS of the FALKLANDS WAR 1982
http://www.naval-history.net/NAVAL1982FALKLANDS.htm

Re-look at the Falkland Islands War: Lessons to be re-learned
http://www.geocities.com/usnavyindanger/falklandslessonsnotlearned.htm

Falklandkrieg air power dot at
http://www.airpower.at/news02/0410_falklands/fleetattack.htm
(in german language, but very complete too)

Interesting posts in this forum, some material is extracted and translated to english from previous mentioned books about argentinean pilots perspective:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4177


Movies

Iluminados por El Fuego (Blessed By Fire)
http://www.iluminadosporelfuego.com/iluminados_flash.php?lang=en
(focused in ground war, drama movie with war frashbacks from a Malvinas veteran. It's a high budget, well rated movie).

1982 Estuvimos Ahi
http://www.creavision.com.ar/malvinasesp.htm
(It's a low budget movie with the polemical CG scene of the attack on HMS Invincible)

Documentaries

Line of Fire - Goose Green
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Line-Fire-Goose-Green-1982/dp/B0000BXBZV

Line of Fire - the Fall of Port Stanley
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Line-Fire-Fall-Port-Stanley/dp/B0000BXBZW

Two good documentaries, although focused in the ground war, but worth neverthless.

War In The Falklands - 25th Anniversary
http://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Falklands-25...=UTF8&s=dvd

The Falklands War - A Military History (thanks Vince!)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falklands-War-Mi...=UTF8&s=dvd

Going Critical: The Sinking of HMS Coventry - a Channel 4 documentary, well made with step-by-step CG re-criation of the attacks by the Zeus and Volcano Skyhawk flights against HMS Broadsword and HMS Coventry which caused its loss.
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/going_critical/hms_coventry/



I will keep the list updated about new material.

edit: added "RAF Harrier Ground Attack Falklands" (thanks goon!)

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#2144922 - 02/23/07 10:45 AM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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Thank you Dante

I still got some reading to go.

Any idea about where to find the SHAR and Mirage manuals?

Thank you.

#2144973 - 02/23/07 12:42 PM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: GADGET]  
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"Dios y los Halcones" (God and the Hawks) and "Halcones sobre Malvinas" (Hawks over Malvinas) are not edited any more; but they were both compiled in "Halcones de Malvinas" (Malvinas' Hawks). The three books were written by Comodore (R) Pablo Marcos R. Carballo based in his own experiences in the conflict and other pilots experiences; mostly Mirage, A-4 and Pucar pilots.
I don't think there is any English translation of those books.
Halcones de Malvinas is by far my favourite book about Malvinas.
Another great book from the perspective of a transport/tanker pilot (C-130 Hercules) is "No apagues la luz cuando te vayas" (Don't turn of the light when you leave) that can also be bought from http://www.ediciones.argentinidad.com/libros.htm (another one not translated to English, and unfortunately, the writer passed away recently.

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About the movies, "Iluminados por el fuego" (Blessed by Fire, or Lightened by Fire, depending on the translator) was scripted by a COWARD who refused to take his post as a guard and another heroic soldier died in his place The film is indeed very good and dramatic from the artistic point of view (not entirely realistic since some parts are ficticious), but I don't have any respect for the author.

#2145186 - 02/23/07 07:08 PM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: ECV56_PolTen]  
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Yeap, totally disregard "Iluminados por el fuego": written by a coward with intention to denigrate the argentine armed forces and their intrevention in the conflict, for political reasons.

A G-R-A-T-E book is "La guerra Inaudita" from Ruben Oscar Moro. A good objective view not onlly regardin the military operations that are describe oure by oure, but a fantastic reaserch work on the Geopolitical aspect of teh conflict including all its mayor players, includion the U.N. OAS, Th U.S. foreihgn and domestic policy and domestic UK policy that influenced Thachers and Galtieris decisions.

http://www.tematika.com/articulo/detalleArticulo.jsp?idArticulo=118872

And a wider list here:

http://www.argentinidad.com/libros/malvinas/malvinas.htm


Fighter pilots make movies, Attack Pilots make history.
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GADGET: the SHAR manual was contribution of a Sea Harrier veteran who told me to keep his name in secret. Mirage, Skyhawk etc are easily found at the Kiwi online flight manuals website. Chris Kasie is also contributing with extracts from AV-8A (Harrier Gr.1) flight manual which are handy as performance is essentially the same for Harrier Gr.3 and not too far from SHAR as well.

Pablo Diez: yep I was aware, indeed the movie make your country's army look bad as it's shown during whole movie in retreat or being slaughtered - but it's indeed a visually stunning movie and for me it was worth alone for the scene of the Sea Harrier rockets attack and the .50 caliber response from the soldiers - although it was a Sea Harrier with a white belly! not used in the conflict, they were all 'charcoal' painted up and down during the travel south! (nit-picking! ;))

Baco: Thanks for the link, I've updated the books list! There's also a brazilian book in two volumes, written by a brazilian general, it's very good and ubiased, it's obligatory lectured in officer's academies here, it's a very important subject for the armed forces here because a)Brazil and Argentina have similar sized armies b) very close frontiers c)last modern war with comparable forces on both sides, including navy and carriers and all that in both sides, unlike Iraq, Bosnia...the name of the book is "Conflito das Malvinas" I've bought in Mercado Libre it seens quite rare too.

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#2145718 - 02/24/07 01:04 PM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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I have this DVD and it's worth buying:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falklands-War-Mi...9?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

evidently it is centered on british point of view, since produced with cooperation of MOD.
93 mns lenght.

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Gracias again Dante-JT

#2146664 - 02/26/07 07:14 AM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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Originally Posted By: Dante-JT
Moderators: is it possible to Pin or Sticky this topic? \:\)
No assigned mod in this forum yet, but an admin can do it. I'll get the ball rolling.

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Done.

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Thanks Joe! ;\)


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#2147529 - 02/27/07 11:22 AM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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Not specifically on the air component, but 100 Days by Sandy Woodward is an excellent account of the overall conflict.



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#2147808 - 02/27/07 07:08 PM Re: STICKY: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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My issue with Sharky Ward's book is that I don't believe I have ever seen a book so arrogantly written. He both fought, and wrote about the war from the perspective of a fighter pilot. I'm not sure he gives Woodward enough credit for honouring other threats as he goes on his rants about how if Woodward had done what he suggested he could have conducted the war with far fewer losses or expense or whatever.

On the technical side, I'm sure there are few better books, it's a fantastic resource into the internal workings of the two squadrons, (Though I'd have loved to see the memoirs of his counter-part squadron commander as a comparison) and I understand that combat pilots by inclination tend to be a little self-inflating, but it was, at times, painful to read.

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#2147833 - 02/27/07 07:45 PM Re: STICKY: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: 3Star]  
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indeed, 3 star. i got the strong impression that ward, won the entire war..

..and not just that, but won the cold war too.

his greatness won the war and with that- he terrified the soviets into reassessing the willingness of democracies to wage war which had presumedly come into question since the vietnam conflict.

but i very much enjoyed reading it.

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(Though I'd have loved to see the memoirs of his counter-part squadron commander as a comparison)


You should read David Morgan's excellent "Hostile Skies" - he puts across the 800 NAS side of the story very well indeed, and there are even one or two well-mannered digs at Sharkey's expense. Both enjoyable books, but I'm more likely to read Morgan's again.



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#2153346 - 03/07/07 01:37 AM Re: STICKY: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: AWL_Spinner]  
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Excellent. I'll see if I can't track down a copy. Such Euro-centric military accounts are not often found over here in the US.

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Dear Dante-JT
I' have two book more about Malvinas.
The first: Name: EXOCET,Editorial: Abril SA, Autor: Emilio Villarino
Es el mejor libro que lei sobre las acciones navales de los pilotos argentinos, ademas habla sobre como cambiaron las doctrinas de combate actuales por la utilizacion del misil EXOCET.



Editado: perdon pero el libro "Los dos lados del infirno", no es de aviacion. Por este motivo quite la imagen.

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..."los Harrier Ingleses no pudieron destruir la pista de Puerto Argentino de mas de 1200 m, mientras que nuestros caza-bombarderos se cansaban de impactar sobre fragatas de solo 120m."....
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Falklands Air War by Air Britain Research group. Very well written and impartial and a monster publication.

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Originally Posted By: IvanK
Falklands Air War by Air Britain Research group. Very well written and impartial and a monster publication.


S! IvanK! Is this one? http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/1857801261/102-2742845-4539309?SubscriptionId=0RAFPGWETQZXMXGFNN02


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#2173235 - 03/31/07 02:07 AM Re: STICKY: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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No Dante, I have looked at that one and found pretty average just a repeat of everything previously written.

This is the one :

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDeta...%2BWar%26x%3D71

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Hoy 02/04 se cumple un nuevo aniversario del conflicto, aca en Argentina. Un saludo a los veteranos que sirvieron dando sus vidas por la Patria.!


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New Book for colection...


http://www.radarmalvinas.com.ar/

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New Book for colection...


I've updated the post with the books to include this book. Thanks VyCA!


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This one is about the ground war.

Desde el Frente (From the Front)


DESDE EL FRENTE, is a detailed account about the intervention of the BATALLN DE INFANTERA DE MARINA N5 (my translation would be 5th MARINE INFANTRY BATTALLION), in Malvinas (Flaklands) Islands, in 1982. Written by the commander of the battallion and the collaboration of his Encargado de Batalln (sorry, dont know how to translate this, but it is roughly the person in charge of the battallion). Spanish only as far as I know.

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Thanks Pablo! I'll update main list.


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VyCa what a fascinating Web site

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Have just read 'RAF Harrier Ground Attack, Falklands' by Jerry Pook. Very enjoyable if you can get past the constant criticism of the Navy.


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 Originally Posted By: goon
Have just read 'RAF Harrier Ground Attack, Falklands' by Jerry Pook. Very enjoyable if you can get past the constant criticism of the Navy.


Thanks very much! Will look forward for this, we have plenty of data about Navy Sea Harrier but so far we're quite lacking on RAF Harrier information and data.

Which reminds me that couple of days ago I watched a program in TV called "Top 10 combat aircrafts" and at number 7 they placed the Harrier, then they proceed to a short interview with RAF Sqn Ldr Tony Harper who then described the Battle of Goose Green from his perspective in the Harrier's driver seat and how the RAF Harriers where a decisive factor for that battle.


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It's a good read, and some interesting appendices covering low level navigation techniques and other aspects of flying fast jets of the era.

Put me in the beta team and my copy is in the post to you tomorrow morning! ;\) ;\)


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I second the recommendation for Jerry Pook's book. It's an excellent and informative read on the difficulties of low level ground attack (on both sides), and has a shedload of incidental and technical detail whilst still being a relatively short and exciting read!



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#3219708 - 02/27/11 01:18 PM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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http://www.amazon.com/Royal-Navy-Falklands-war/dp/0870215728

I just bought it today so I can't tell what it's like, though..


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#3260199 - 04/05/11 08:41 AM Re: Essential reading about the Air War in the South Atlantic [Re: Dante-JT]  
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Well ive read both Wards and Morgans book. And i like Wards more, i mean yeah the tone is pretty rough, but i sense somebody rather frustrated by his superiors. I mean Things like carrying out visual searches in which you shouldnt use the radar, if you are able to use it, sounds pretty damn stupid to me. I think there is a good deal of frustration in this book and its evident in its "arrogant" tone. You have to take into account that he was a one of the leading officers for the SHAR and knew what he was doing and did a good deal of tactical planning. Also even Morgan does not pull his punches about No. 800 Squadrons training status, and the tatctics used, for example in the first raid on Stanley. I think its not about how the shouldve been won, but about pointing out the flaws in the tactics, to avoid making them a second time. And quite a few people in leadership think themselves infallible, if you want to show those people their error, you sometimes need to shove them face first into it.

Well Morgans book has a definately more personal level and is from that point more interesting. Wards Book is from a squadron commanders level and its a more technical.

Still a very good selection of books here.


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